THIS month’s Brackley Festival of Motorcycling will be bigger than ever with a packed programme of thrills and spills.
This year more of the High Street and Magdalen College School grounds will be given over to the festival which will combine every aspect of motorcycling with value for money family fun. For families there will be the usual fun fair, live music and food stalls. This year the Tigers children’s motorcycle display team will perform in the school field, and there will also be a chance for young and old to try out a variety of machines from mopeds to off road bikes. Those with the correct license and identification will have the chance to try out some of the latest machines from manufacturers like Ducati.
The event is also a celebration of motorcycling heritage and will be tribute to the Jeffries family, made famous by the Isle of Man TT road race.
Organiser Roger Charlesworth said: “The Jeffries family is truly a TT dynasty. Nick Jeffries who last raced the TT in 1999 will be here in Brackley High Street on his nephew David’s fabulous TT winning Yamaha.
“There is also a local rising star of the Grand Prix World Championship series, Oxfordshire’s Bradley Smith. The 20-year-old is already a three time Grand Prix winner in the white hot 125cc class and this year he graduated to Moto 2 riding with the Tech 3 team.”
Mr Smith went from 28th on the starting grid to a close second place finish at the Silverstone Grand Prix in June and will be at this weekend’s festival signing autographs.
For the main attraction in the High Street stunt rider Kevin Carmichael will take over from Craig Jones who has thrilled crowds over the previous two years pulling wheelies, stoppies and burn outs.
This year ten motorcycle manufacturers and race teams have signed up to have displays alongside displays of custom and vintage bikes.
The event is also used as a destination for private riders and thousands are expected to parade into the school.
The event raises money for the Warkwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance and Clic Sargent childrens cancer charity.
Entrance to the school is £4 for adults and under 16s enter for free. The festival takes place on Sunday, August 21 between 10am and 5pm.
Programme of performances and displays in the High Street Arena (times are all approximate) 11am - Manx, works & Norton owners
11.20am - Road Race Legends
11.40am - Kevin Carmicheal
12.05pm - Goldstar Owners
12.20pm - Allan Milliard & drag bikes
12.40pm - Café Racers & Harley-Davidson
1pm - Break
1.45pm - Kevin Carmicheal
2.05pm - Manx, works & Norton owners
2.25pm - Café Racers & Harley-Davidson
2.45pm - Goldstar Owners
3pm - Road Race Legends & Exotics
3.20pm - VJMC
3:45pm - Allan Milliard & drag bikes
4:05pm - Custom Show
4:35pm - Kevin Carmicheal Finale
Programme for the School Arena
Midday - Tigers Display Team
12:40pm - Classic Scramblers followed by bands
1:45pm - Tigers Display Team
2:25pm - Classic Scramblers followed by bands
3pm - Tigers Display Team
3:45pm - Classic Scramblers followed by bands