Here’s a (not so) brief summary of what’s on:
Elbows out, it’s about to get messy
The MCN Festival of Motorcycling is packed with some incredible action both on road and off. On the parade loop there’s the chance to see modern, classic and historic race bikes in action including some stunning ex-MotoGP machinery. The National Sprint association will be running demonstrations of some incredible sprint bikes and the Dirt Track Racing Association will be holding an entire championship round on the Maxxis arena.
There’s also the return of the Transatlantic Trophy with ex-WSB champion Colin Edwards leading the USA team. And stunt rider Dave Coates will be wowing the crowds.
Test-ride the newest bikes
There is a stunning fleet of nearly 100 demo bikes at the Festival this year. The test ride route takes in some stunning Cambridgeshire roads with a mix of fast A roads and twisty country lanes. Perfect for all bike types.
The Yamaha MT-10 will be specially flown in from its world launch in Spain, so you could be one of the first people in the UK to ride it!
See, hear and smell the Classic parade
Immerse yourself in the racing scene as some of the greatest race bikes ever to have rolled down a pit lane will be parading around our specially constructed loop. With the help of the Brackley Motorcycle Festival, this stunning line-up includes Grand Prix bikes from the early days to the modern era including some truly incredible two-strokes. The sights, sounds and smells of these special machines is sure to bring back memories of a golden era of motorcycle racing.
Transatlantic showdown: Walker v Edwards
Chris ‘Stalker’ Walker will lead the UK dream team against a star-studded American squad in MCN Festival’s action-packed Transatlantic tussle.
Two-times WSB champion Colin Edwards leads the USA team and has been practising hard at his Boot Camp in Texas. He reckons his team will kick some ass! Make sure you check out his sideways style in the Maxxis arena. The Texas Tornado will also be helping with the off-road area and classic parades.
Ride a golden oldie for free
The National Motorcycle Museum will be bringing along an incredible eleven classic and historic bikes for people to try out. With guidance from the experienced tutors you could be riding a priceless machine around our controlled course. Spaces will be limited, so sign up as soon as you get on site. And it’s free!
• 1930 Brough Superior SS100
• 1949 Vincent Black Shadow
• 1939 Triumph Tiger 100
• 1958 Ariel Cyclone 650cc
• 1962 BSA Rocket Gold Star
• 1914 New Comet 400cc
• 1990 Norton F1 Rotary
• 1976 Triumph Trident T160 750cc
• 1953 BSA 500 Star Twin
• 1961 Velocette 500
• 1928 Sunbeam 500cc
All riders must be over 21 years of age and held a full motorcycle licence for a minimum of one year. Not been disqualified from driving/riding during the last 24 months. riding kit is not supplied, you must bring your own helmet and suitable clothing. Other terms and conditions apply.
Don’t get angry get motocross
If you’re looking for an introduction to riding motocross in a safe way without shelling out big money, the Yamaha AMCA MX experience will be offering try-and-ride sessions at the MCN Festival with experienced instructors, riding kit and the latest Yamaha models. It’s the perfect chance to have a go at off-road riding. All kit and full tuition is provided and the MX Experience is absolutely free!
Colley skills & thrills
Steve ‘Mr Showtime’ Colley will display his incredible trials riding skills. His famous mono wheelie stunt (riding over obstacles without a front wheel or fork!) will leave you slack-jawed.
More clubs than ever!
This year we’ve ramped up the amount of club stands who’ll be bringing along a stack of bikes from every era. From mammoth single-make owner clubs such as Ducati, Triumph, Kawasaki and Honda to the small and local East Northants Classic Motorcycle Club the area will be packed with great bikes.
New for 2016 is the giant autojumble area. It’s hosted by Elk promotions, who run the successful Romney Marsh, Ashford and South of England shows and jumbles, so expect a great turn-out of stands selling everything from complete bikes to tools, new and used spares and plenty more.
Ride to the Festival with TomTom
Join BSB racer Billy McConnell on Saturday, May 14 for the official TomTom Ride to the MCN Festival. It will depart from the Little Chef at Thickthorn Service Area, Norwich NR9 3AU, on the intersection of the A11 and A47. Meet at 8am, ready to depart at 8.30am. Each participant will receive a free hot drink and bacon bap at the Little Chef. TomTom has provided 50 TomTom Rider sat-navs, with a preloaded route into the Festival, for loan to riders. Want to give one a try for the ride-in? Email marketingUK@tomtom.com prior to the event.
• Adult: £40
• Additional child (5-15): £12.50
On-the-gate day tickets
• Adult: £19
• Concession (65+): £16.50
Additional child (5-15): £10 (one free per paying adult). Online tickets subject to £1 fee for e-tickets or £1.50 for standard delivery.
• Saturday May 14 9am-6pm
• Sunday May 15 9am-6pm
Campers can arrive from 4pm on Friday, May 14 and must leave by 7.30pm on Sunday, May 15.
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