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VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes

Unread post by The Mighty Gusset » Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:11 pm

Press release from the VMCC just arrived in my inbox :

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited
Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs,
United Kingdom. DE14 1TR
Telephone: 01283 540557 Fax: 01283 510547


The VMCC is proud to announce some very exciting news concerning this year’s event which will be held at Mallory Park on 10/11/12 July 2009.

None other than 4 times World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty MBE will be riding a very special race machine in our “Past Masters” track feature on Sunday 12th July. Also following Norton’s return to the 2009 TT with Michael Dunlop on the new Norton NRV Race Machine both man & machine will be out on track in a feature that will also include some very special celebrity guest riders aboard the new Norton Commando road bikes!

Anyone who attended last year will have seen the massive crowds that swamped Mallory Park on “Past Masters Sunday”. Indeed the event is so popular with riders wishing to enter their machines in the weekends track sessions creating an extra paddock for road going machines has been essential. VMCC CEO James Hewing stated “following on from extensive work at Mallory Park over the last couple of years & the seeding of a large grassy area Mallory will be able to offer much better paddock facilities, especially for those with tents. This will take the pressure off the hard standing area down by the Bridge which is also used as part of our additional paddock & assembly area helping us to develop the event even further”.

Below are just some of the weekend’s attractions-

Track sessions in which the public can ride their own solo, outfit or 3 wheelers take place over both days of the event. Machines will be grouped according to type with Road Machine Sessions on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July with Race Machine sessions on Sunday 12th July only. With prices starting at just £30.00 for the first track session (£20.00 each for further sessions) this event is incredible value as booking just one track session allows 2 people into the whole weekend’s event & what a lot there is to see!
On Sunday 12th July Four Times World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty returns to Mallory Park to ride a very special race machine in our Past Masters Track Spectacular. In association with Norton Motorcycles the VMCC will also be proud to present TT Ace & Norton Motorcycles Works rider Michael Dunlop riding the new NORTON NRV race machine that he will be campaigning in this years TT. Also Courtesy of the National Motorcycle Museum four of the original Norton Rotary Race Machines will be out on track with their original star riders aboard in what promises to be a truly historic event!
Also appearing on track in the best line up of Stars and Machines in Europe-
PHIL READ MBE, JOHN COOPER, MICK GRANT, SAMMY MILLER MBE (Norton Lowboy), RON CHANDLER, CHRIS VINCENT, CHARLIE WILLIAMS, FRANK PERRIS, TOMMY ROBB, MALC WHEELER, KEITH HECKLES, COLIN SEELEY, DAVID HAILWOOD, PIERO LAVERDA (Laverda V6) plus many more to be announced-see event website for updates at http://www.vmcc.net" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank


The Pre-65 Trial will be run on Saturday 11th July in conjunction with the VMCC Taverners Section.
For entry forms contact VMCC HQ.

The VMCC GrassTrack Section will again be putting on a spectacular competitive grass track on Sunday 12th July.
For entry forms write to Mr Trevor Hopkins, 2 The Willows, Daventry, Northants, NN1 0PU.

The Sprint Section of the VMCC will provide a fantastic display of straight line action during the lunchtime of Sunday 12th July on Mallory Parks start /finish straight. There will also be a static display of Sprint machinery in the dedicated Sprint machine display marquee located in the race bike paddock during both days of the event.

The Avenue of Clubs will again feature fantastic displays from over 40 one make motorcycle clubs from both the UK & Europe.
As well as their own track sessions some Clubs are holding their annual rallies at the event including the International Laverda owners Club who will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of that famous Italian marque. There is still limited space for others clubs to join the event but the VMCC ask that they apply quickly!

The Autojumble/Trade area will again be right in the thick of the action helping enthusiast’s to locate that elusive spare part.

Entertainment will be provided on the evening of both Friday 11th & Saturday 12th July with a DJ & live bands performing on The Ace Café Rock N Roll Stage within in the VMCC “Big Top” marquee until late in the evening. Also in this area on Saturday evening will be the famous “Stars on Stage” featuring interviews with some of the “Past Masters” who will be riding on Sunday including none other than racing superstar Carl Fogarty himself! In association with Norton Motorcycles lighting up the late night sky on Saturday 12th will be a spectacular Firework Display. Open day & night with a fantastic real ale bar over looking the track action on Stebbe straight the “VMCC Big Top” is not to be missed.
Spectator tickets are available directly from Mallory Park on (01455)842931 with under 16s free & Weekend Spectator Camping also Available (payable at the event).

The Festival of 1000 Bikes is run in association with our event partners Footman James Insurance Brokers, Bonhams Auctioneers, Mortons Media, The Ace Café, The National Motorcycle Museum, Norton Motorcycles & Eriks (UK). Enthusiasts can book their place to ride with the stars on the historic Mallory Tarmac by downloading an entry form from http://www.vmcc.net" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank or contacting HQ on (01283) 540557 .Don’t delay, the event sells out long before the closing date for entries in June and as of early March the track sessions were already around 75% sold out with some specific classes becoming very full.

For full event updates including an up to date list of star riders and live bands on the Ace Café Rock N Roll stage go to the specific event website at http://www.vmcc.net" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank . This dedicated event website also features some fantastic video clips of previous events.


The Mighty Gusset

Re: VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes

Unread post by The Mighty Gusset » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:52 pm

More Info from the VMCC on this years event :

Ace Managing Director Mark Wilsmore, says, "Motorcycles, rock n' roll and the Ace Cafe, three simple expressions, but they represent a powerful fusion, not only in yesteryear's bike scene, but also today. Inspired by our rich heritage and traditions, the cafe still embodies the same values as it did when it was first home to the 'Ton Up' boys and girls and the 'Rockers'. The bikes and the music may have changed, but the spirit remains the same".

"Following on from the success of last years 70th Anniversary of the cafe and the cementing of a relationship with the VMCC, Ace is delighted to be back with the entertainment for this years prestigious Festival Of A Thousand Bikes at Mallory Park on 10/11/12 July, by introducing:-

Friday 10th July.
The Rock n' Roll Society. Bring along your dancing shoes, as these guys will have you out of your seats or at the very least singing along to the best powerhouse versions of "Roll Over Beethoven", "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On", and "Midnighter", served up with a barrel of fun!"
See http://www.therocknrollsociety.com" target="_blank

Sat 11th July.
The Diamonds, own several classic Brit bikes between them, and have been entertaining on the club circuit for the past nine years. Their music, post rock n' roll and pre Beatles, is devoted to the unique British sounds of the 'Rocker' period, twangy guitars, coffee bars and thundering rhythms.

Also till late on both nights of the event in the VMCC “big top” marquee will be regular Ace Cafe DJ “Big Beat Kris”.

Not only is the VMCC “big top” entertainment marquee the venue for the Ace Cafe Rock N’ Roll Stage but is also the home of the famous “Stars on Stage” feature early on Saturday evening which this year features non other than 4 times World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty (amongst many others)!

With a fantastic real ale bar overlooking the track action on Stebbe straight & the massive Norton Motorcycles Firework display late on Saturday evening the Ace Cafe Stage and “VMCC Big Top” is a a part of the event not to be missed!

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Re: VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes

Unread post by chilly » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:47 pm

Hope they bring some bigger speakers this year,could hardly hear them last year which was a shame.

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