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Feel the noise at the MCN Festival 2017

Published: 12 May 2017

Updated: 11 May 2017

Whether your favourite racing era is the golden age of the 1960s, or you prefer your race bikes a little newer, the Motorex Fire up paddock at this year's Carole Nash MCN Festival of Motorcycling has something for all race bike fans.

Together with Brackley Festival of Motorcycling, MCN has gathered bikes from Grand Prix, WSB and BSB paddocks to create on of the biggest (and loudest) fir-up paddocks of the year. Bikes are started three times per day (10am, 12:45pm and 2:45pm) on Saturday and Sunday, just gravitate towards the glorious noise!


With such a diverse collection of bikes we asked some of the MCN staff which bike they're most excited to hear.

Michael Neeves, MCN Chief Road Tester: "Out of those bikes I’d love to hear the Old Spice Ducati BSB bike. Those old 916 race bikes sound fantastic - not just the boom from their race pipes, but the engines clatter and shake more than the modern stuff. I saw Rymer and Walker racing those at Brands and they looked fantastic.

"The Harris Yamaha YZR500 is pretty special, too. Not only do you get the zing from those four spannies, the induction roar is a lot deeper than you think in the flesh…and then of course there’s the smell of burnt two stroke oil. Heaven."

Liam Marsden, Web Producer: "I'm most excited to hear some of the two-strokes that will be in attendance. That two-stroke ring-a-ding is a sound I, and most motorcyclists, miss. The 1974 RG500 Barry Sheene replica should sound pretty special and I'm expecting the Yamaha TZ 750 to sound incredibly vicious. Chris Walker's H2R is ridiculously loud. Don't get too loud and remember your ear plugs!"

Ped Baker, Managing Editor:  "If you've never heard one of the four cylinder 250 Hondas fire up at close range you're in for a treat! The 1962 RC163 replica makes a phenomenal noise and will rattle your fillings. It's not bad looking either!"

Here's the full list of bikes that'll be making sweet music over the weekend:

1962 Honda RC163 250cc 4cyl rep
1965 Honda RC115 50cc single
2011 DR Moto YRT 1000cc
2009 Relentless Suzuki 600cc Supersport
2009 Relentless Suzuki 1000cc Superstock
1970 Honda CR 750
1969 Yamaha 250cc 4cyl 4stroke
Honda 1000cc 6cyl
1974 Suzuki RG500 Mk 1 Sheene rep
2001 Yamaha YZR V4 Biaggi rep
1964 Bianchi 498cc Twin ex Factory
1971 Honda 3cyl special
1968 Benelli 500cc rep
1996 Ducati Old Spice 916 1000cc British Superbike
2000 Honda SP1 Vimto ex TT 1000cc Superbike
2002 Ducati 748cc twin ex Italian Cup
Ex-Toseland Castrol Honda 600cc World Supersport
1962 Honda RC163 250cc 4cyl rep
1972 Triumph 750 triple
1962 Honda RC163 250cc 4cyl rep
1974 Yamaha TZ 750 4cyl Gene Romero rep
1967 Honda RC181 500cc 4cyl Hailwood rep
1998 Cadbury’s Boost Yamaha 1000cc British Superbike rep
1963 Honda RC145 125cc twin rep
1972 Triumph 750cc 3cyl Paul Smart rep
1970 Triumph Daytona 500cc twin
1976 Hyde Harrier 750cc 3cyl
1972 Triumph T150 750cc ex Factory
1974 Triumph T180 750cc Factory prototype
1973 MV Agusta 500cc 3cyl
1994 Harris Yamaha YZR V4 ex GP
2011 Ducati Panigale 1199 Lloyds British Superbike
1959 Norton Manx 500cc single
1971 Seeley Matchless 500cc single

The Carole Nash MCN Festival of Motorcycling takes place at the East of England Arena. Head to for more info.

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