Prescott Bike Festival is blood bike charity’s biggest annual fundraiser

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The ninth annual Prescott Bike Festival and Hill Climb was a roaring success with a stack of cash raised for Blood Bikes.

The Prescott event has helped raise over £200,000 in recent years, which has supported bikers to provide a free, out-of-hours delivery service for the NHS.

This year, event organisers handed over a fully paid for 4x4 vehicle to enable Severn Freewheelers to deliver fresh blood supplies to the Midlands Air Ambulance base all year round.

The SUV will also be used to deliver and transport frozen human milk from the donor to the milk banks and special baby care units when the quantity exceeds the capacity for a motorcycle.

Severn Freewheelers currently deal with roughly 400 calls per month, operating from 7pm until 7am weekdays and offer 24-hour cover at weekends. Over the years they have saved the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds in courier costs, enabling them to spend it on life-saving emergencies and frontline care.

Prescott bike festival returns for 2019

First published - 29/04/2019

Prescott Bike Festival is held at the well-known British hillclimb venue

Attendees can expect a wide variety of vehicles displayed at the Gloucestershire hillclimb. Among the exhibitors is Allen Millyard with five of his creations, including the Velocette V-twin and the famous 4894cc 'Flying Millyard'.

Festival Organiser, Gordon Downie said “Allen is a staunch supporter of Bike Fest and always brings a large collection of his bikes. We can’t wait to see his latest creation – a 1930's Velocette 698cc V Twin, identical to the 1938 prototype launched at the Earls Court Motorcycle Show, but with his own unique modern twist on an old classic! Allen is an engineering genius, and we are delighted that visitors get to see the bikes in action”.

Allen Millyard's Velocette V-Twin

Furthermore, multiple world record-holder Zef Eisenberg will be bringing a number of his mad machines along, including the fastest jet turbine road-legal bike on earth (234mph over a standing mile) plus his 350bhp supercharged Hayabusa and a quad with a 600cc Rotax two-stroke motor in it – claiming to be the fastest-accelerating around.

Most of the main manufacturers will also have a presence along with a dazzling array of significant classics – including several rare racers by days gone by.

Furthermore, there will be a static, indoor display called Kickback, featuring the best shed builds and customs in a competition to discover the best "Butchered Classic" and "Young Builder", to name a just a few awards. A group of 80 finalists will have their creations judged by an expert panel including racing broadcaster Steve Parrish. The winners will be able to run their bikes up the hillclimb.

Zef Eisenberg on his Hayabusa

All proceeds from the event support the work of Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and Severn Freewheelers. These Blood Bike charities provide a vital free out-of-hours medical transportation service to the NHS. Since its inception, Prescott Bike Festival has raised over £200k to date.

Venue: Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9RD
Ticket prices: £12 (advance) for adults on Saturday, £15 (advance) for adults on Sunday, under 16s free when accompanied by a paying adult.
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Gareth Evans

By Gareth Evans

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