South Northants is shaping up to become one of the best places in Europe to celebrate the motorcycle as the Jacks Hill Cafe prepares to cater for up to 10,000 visitors this weekend.
Over the last six years the cafe’s Ton Up Day has grown, and is now set to attract as many people as the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Last year 4,000 cars and bikes were put on display and 7,000 people came to see them.
This year the Ton Up has been merged with other events to form a four day extravaganza for petrol heads.
The event kicks starts tonight, Friday, July 12, with a display of classic and American cars.
On Saturday night the cafe will host a ‘pre-Ton Up’ party where the classic sound of vinyl will get a 50s disco swinging. Cafe general manager Brian Quinn said they are prepared for a busy weekend and have parking and camping for those who need it. He added: “The Ton Up Day itself on Sunday is going to be a full on day from 7am to 7pm and the whole site will be transformed into the Wild West, alongside everything related the old cafe racer days.
“We also have live entertainment with the Rapiers, who haven’t missed a Ton Up in it’s six-year-history.
“With contingents from places like Germany and Holland we rival some of the biggest biker events in Europe.”
The weekend will wind down on Monday with a display of trikes and cars.
The Ton Up Day dates back the 1950s when young men would dare each other to top 100mph. The scene has taken on a more respectable nature and this event is supported by the emergency services. Next month the cafe will be a muster point for those taking part in the Air Ambulance and Bridgestone fund raising ride out to the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling.