The ninth annual Prescott Bike Festival took place at Prescott Hill Climb (home of the Bugatti Owners Club) last month. The few showers didn’t dampen the brilliant fundraising weekend for blood bikes. Many visitors have taken to social media hailing it the ‘best ever’ in regards to the magnificent and diverse bike displays, most of which took to the historic hill climb course.
Festival Organiser, Gordon Downie said “A massive thank you to everyone – from those that took to the hill, entertainers, volunteers, marshals, photographers, commentators, trade stands, biker celebrities, exhibitors, Blood Bike volunteers and of course, the several thousand who turned up to support our annual fundraiser. The weather was better than forecast and of course, we had the biggest umbrella in the universe (the Custom Show marquee) for the odd shower or two. If you stayed away because of the weather, you really missed a great show”
Making its Prescott debut was Kickback the National Custom Show and U.K. Championships showcasing a superb exhibition of the 80 finalists competing for the National Custom Championship awards. The competition is a great platform for young, emerging and professional custom engineers to display their incredible feats of design and engineering. Trophies were awarded in the various categories including Best Modified Performance Sportsbike, Best Budget Build, Butchered Classic, Young Builder, Freestyle and Best in Show. There were ten independent judges and Trophies were presented by Paul Milbourn, TV’s Henry Cole and famous commentator Steve Parrish. The winning bikes and builders got to run their masterpieces up the hill led by Steve Parrish, riding Phil Milbourn’s magnificent World Championship winning Titanium Moto Guzzi.
The new-look Prescott Bike Festival featured an extensive range of historic, custom builds, race bikes, factory bikes, prototypes to shed builds and 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 has a great reputation for its diversity of machinery and this year was no exception. Famed for multi cylinder creations iconic motorcycle builder Allen Millyard ran 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.
Zef Eisenberg and the Mad Max Race Team made 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). 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, visitors got to see over 100 examples of rare machinery, meet the owners and watch them tackle the historic hill climb course. There were also opportunities, to those brave enough to take part in a thrilling passenger ride experience with a professional sidecar racing team or for members of public to ‘run the hill’ on their own motorbike.
Most importantly the event raises vital money and awareness for the Blood Bikes charities to help keep them on the road providing a FREE vital out of hours medical transportation service to the NHS. Since its inception, Prescott Bike Festival has raised over £200k to date!
On site during the weekend representatives from The Province of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Mark Master Masons officially handed over a fully funded 4×4 vehicle to enable Severn Freewheelers to deliver fresh blood supplies to the Midlands Air Ambulance base to enable them to carry out emergency blood transfusions at the scene of an incident. Severn Freewheelers can now deliver, return and replenish whole Blood from Worcester Royal Hospital blood bank to the Midland Air Ambulance operational base at Strensham every 48 hours and during emergencies. The multi-purpose vehicle 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, as well as enabling them to continue their work during bad weather when conditions are too dangerous for motorcycle use.
SAVE THE DATE: Prescott Bike Festival will return 13-14 June 2020