Saddle up and get ready for a new-look Prescott Bike Festival 2019, it’s a summer weekend that promises to be even hotter than ever! The popular, family-friendly event returns to the Gloucestershire hill climb on 15-16 June 2019.
As ever, Prescott Bike Fest will feature an extensive display of historic, custom builds, race bikes, factory bikes, prototypes, shed builds to record beating machines – literally everything from Salon Privé class winner 1903 Royal Sovereign, to the ‘Warhorse’ – the World’s Fastest Monowheel and everything in between.
The Festival is renowned for its diversity of machinery and this year will be no exception. Famed for multi cylinder creations iconic motorcycle builder Allen Millyard will run five of his incredible home builds. From the ever-popular 4894cc ‘Flying Millyard’ V-twin; a bike designed around two cylinders from a Pratt and Whitney radial aero engine to a 1967 handmade replica of Mike Hailwoods iconic RC174 which recently scooped ‘The Most Distinguished Motorcycle Award’ at Salon Privé.
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’.
Multiple record holder Zef Eisenberg and the Mad Max Race Team make a welcome return with a collection of their crazy record-breaking bikes including the MadMax Streetfighter which holds the speed record as the world’s fastest jet-turbine street-legal motorcycle (234.01mph one way over a standing mile). A race quad powered by a 600cc Rotax 2-Stroke, giving out 125hp and instant power of up to 110mph with no gearbox and holds the current all-out record for quads (you have never seen anything shift off the start line so fast!) plus his famous 350bhp super-charged Suzuki Hayabusa dubbed ‘The Green Monster’ which holds the fastest sand record of over 201.5mph.
Unlike a static bike show, Bike Fest’s excellent showcase of Paddock Specials features over 100 examples of rare machinery where you can meet the owners, watch them fire up and tackle the historic hill climb course.
All the main model and classic marques are well represented with the likes of Harley Davidson, Honda, BMW, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Norton, Ducati, Suzuki, BSA, Royal Enfield, Matchless, Cotton, Ariel, Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Velocette to lesser known ones too.
There are far too many to mention, but here are a few examples to whet your appetite;
· Two wonderful TR500’s owned and raced by Barry Sheene, will be joining the fabulous line up of Paddock Specials, courtesy of their owner, Stuart Newton. Both bikes will not only be on display but will also fire up and run the famous Hill.
· 1927 Velocette ‘Spring Heeled Jack’ – The famous works KSS 350cc, sprung frame, Velocette was a prototype and the only one ever built by the Birmingham-based factory and christened Spring-heeled Jack by Harold Willis, the design engineer. The motorcycle was a one-off built for Alec Bennett, the factory’s number one rider, who unsuccessfully tried in practice sessions at the 1928 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. The bike was returned to the factory where it was used as a runabout and test bed. Its original hand gear change was replaced with a foot change not long after. It made a comeback to racing in the late 1960s by the late Ron Russell.
· A rare 1964 Tohatsu 125cc racing twin which has recently undergone a full restoration by its current owner. Tohatsu were formed in 1922, making two stroke engines and water pumps for the Japanese Imperial Army. After the war, they branched out into boat engines, rail engines and motorcycles. By 1955 they were the leading Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, producing more than double the number of bikes than Honda. The excellent two-stroke example will make its first public outing at Prescott since its restoration!
- 1967 Replica of the famous Honda RC181 500/4 Grand Prix bike as raced by Mike Hailwood and Jim Redman. The fine example was hand built by the owner over five years to resemble the factory race machine of the period.
· 1969 Paton Factory Grand Prix bike. This tiny Italian manufacturer produced only ‘five’ 4 stroke 500 twins in the late 60s and early 70s which had great success in the World Grand Prix Championships. This bike is #2 of the five and was sponsored by Liverpool motor dealer Bill Hannah, a well-known sponsor at the time and was raced extensively by British rider Billy Nelson and Ex Italian champion Angelo Bergamonti.
- 1971 MV Agusta 750cc Corse Factory prototype. in 1972 when Count Agusta heard that Ducati were entering the Imola 200 round of newly formed Production Based world 750cc championship he instructed the race shop to build and enter a factory 750cc bike. Arturio Magni the race-shop manager in anticipation of development of the 750 formula, produced a small number (3) of these bikes for factory riders Giacomo Agostini and Alberto Pagani.
- 1978 A modern day homage to The Beast that Kenny Roberts stated ‘they don’t pay me enough to ride that thing’. Yamaha TZ750 engine fitted into a bespoke chassis by Curtis Racing (CMR) in Canada.
- The Diamond Mob Land Speed Racing Team record breaking pink Triumph! A couple of years ago the old Anthill Pink Triumph Drag Racing Bike was rescued by several members of the National Chopper Club to re-build the bike to Land Speed Record specifications. The Diamond Mob Land Speed Racing Team headed to Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, America – the holy grail of land speed, and successfully broke the Southern California Timing Association record for the Fastest Special Construction, Push Rod, Blown, Gas 650cc class at 127.3mph and over wrote her own record a further 3 times. The bike will take pride of place on the National Chopper Club stand.
- 1998 Honda CBR600 600cc – This bike was raced by World Superbikes Champion James Toseland when he was first contracted to Castrol Honda
- 1994 Aprilia RSV 250 – A factory bike ridden by Jean-Philippe Ruggia
· A 2006 Bimota Tesi 2D bike. The Bimota evolved from the graduation work of two mechanical engineering students who, in the beginning of the 1980s, designed and developed a bike utilizing a swing arm as the front section. For the name of their motorcycle they choose “TESI”, the Italian word for “thesis”. The design replaced the conventionally used hydraulic fork in the front, which was part of their university thesis. Further technical development led to the decision for a limited production of the TESI 2D. This is 1 rare example of only 25 ever made and the only one currently in the UK. They are mainly kept in Glass Boxes or form part of private collections worldwide.
New for 2019 is Kickback, the National Custom Show and U.K. Championships, displaying the best of custom and shed builds all under cover! A superb exhibition and showcase for contemporary customs and modified classics featuring the 80 finalists competing for the National Custom Championships with “Butchered Classic” and “Young Builder” just two of the prized titles up for grabs. Kickback is a platform dedicated to young, emerging and experienced custom engineers, both pro and non pro, a true celebration of engineering and design excellence which embraces the modern custom scene and the new wave.
Judging takes place on the special preview day on Saturday 15 June with the awards ceremony on the afternoon of Sunday 16June. The expert judging panel consists of award-winning custom bike builders, custom magazine editors and VIPs. Racer turned broadcaster Steve Parrish will be one of the judges bringing his own brand of expertise and humour to the occasion. The winning bikes and builders have the opportunity to run their masterpieces up the hill after the awards ceremony led by Steve Parrish, riding Phil Milbourn’s magnificent World Championship winning Titanium Moto Guzzi.
Aside from all incredible machinery, Bike Fest includes plenty of ‘off-track’ attractions too. You can book a thrilling passenger experience in anything from a professional racing sidecar to a Morgan Three-Wheeler or Grinnall Scorpion, enjoy live hot rockin’ bands, eat great food, wander round over 100+ quality exhibitors and Kids Zone plus see the odd famous person wandering about the paddock.
What’s more, all proceeds from the event supports the work of Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and Severn Freewheelers. The Blood Bike charities provide a FREE vital out of hours medical transportation service to the NHS. Since its inception, Prescott Bike Festival has raised over £200k to date!
For 2019, Prescott Bike Festival have teamed up with the National Motorcycle Museum and every visitor will get a 50% off voucher to visit the NMM!
The perfect Father’s Day gift, which keeps on giving. . .
Date: Saturday 15 June 2019 (preview day, 12pm-5pm) and Sunday 16 June 2019 (main show, 8.30am-5pm)
Venue: Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9RD
Admission Tickets: £12 (advance) for adults on Saturday, £15 (advance) for adults on Sunday, under 16’s free when accompanied by a paying adult.
For further information and tickets visit: https://www.prescottbikefestival.co.uk/