MCN Festival rocks! Thousands flock to Devitt MCN Festival for a weekend celebration of biking
The East of England Showground – and local roads – reverberated to the sound of biking all weekend as MCN opened the gates for the Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling and welcomed over 19,000 people to the Peterborough venue. There was plenty to do and see, including the latest models from top bike manufacturers which included UK debuts for the Yamaha Ténéré World Raid and the Indian Pursuit both making their first public appearances.
For those who wanted to do more than just walk around and soak up the sights, there were also test fleets on offer from BMW, CCM, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Royal Enfield, Super Soco, Triumph, Yamaha and Zero – and well over a thousand individual test rides were delivered on the road as festival goers lapped up the chance to throw a leg over the latest metal and open themselves up to temptation.
Yamaha also had their ever-popular static wheelie machines on site, which saw a constant tide of stunt wannabees indulge in some safe single-wheeled action – front wheel sailing high as the crowds looked on.
Dirt track racing action took place on the Peterborough Panthers’ home track all day Saturday with several classes of DTRA all competing in front of a cheering crowd – with MCN’s own Gareth Ashman qualifying for the final and placing a highly credible 8th in the race.
Then on Sunday, all hell broke loose in the Moped Mayhem races sprang into life in a haze of 2-stroke smoke and ponchos. Adrenaline junkies from Bolddog FMX were also on hand to wow the crowd between races with incredible aerial acrobatics, and plenty of rubber was burned and wheelies popped by the Two Brothers and Jonny Davies stunt shows. Even Dougie Lampkin got in on the action with a few wheelies on the latest CCM Maverick.
Intrepid motorcycle explorer and circumnavigator Nick Sanders finished his latest round the world ride on the MCN stand on Saturday afternoon. He and his trusty Yamaha Ténéré 700 began the 38,000-mile trip from MCN Editor Rich Newland’s desk back in 2019 before being halted 18,000 miles in by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nick was forced to fly home from Australia and wait until it was safe to resume the journey, which he did in March 2022.
And on Saturday afternoon, Silverstone Auctions held a full road and race sale live at the Festival with 170 rare and exceptional bikes going under the hammer. 120 bikes found new owners on the day, delivering a combined total of £665,000 of sales. The star lot, 1990 Honda VFR750R RC30 in as-new condition took the crown of highest selling price by reaching a UK record-setting £65,250.
“It was a fantastic weekend,” said MCN Editor Richard Newland, who manned the MCN stand throughout the weekend alongside the rest of the team. “Saturday’s heatwave cast an air of euphoria over proceedings as bikers from all over the country immersed themselves in everything the Festival had to offer – and despite a poor forecast, the rain held off until the final hour on Sunday, giving Festival-goers and campers a biking weekend to remember. I can’t wait to do it all again next year!”