MCN Festival of Motorcycling

by Roy

Well, what a great action-packed show this was helped by good weather until 3-30 pm on Sunday when it decided to rain. This prompted an exodus from the showground.

Well done to Ted and Linda for organising the Fed stand. Ted was worried that the plot was a bit small, but everybody fitted in nicely. The stand was close to the Wall of Death and the bungee jump. The sidecar line up had plenty of people asking questions. Dave Angel’s CHANG JIANG outfit caught lots of people’s eye, it is something new and being a light sand colour, it stood out. He was kept busy all weekend answering questions about it, hopefully he will pick up some orders for it.

I arrived at the showground to be met by a rider in full leathers running back to the bike park apparently, he had left his key in his bike. New this year was Silverstone Auctions they had an hall full of bikes, I was told they sold most of them. Next year I must go to the auction but not wave my hands around.

Many of the usual activities still happened at the show. The speedway was as exciting as ever, between the races the water bowser sprayed the circuit, this must have made riding on it a little more interesting. A sign of the times they even had electric bikes racing noiseless, not quite the same as hearing an engine being taken to its limit. The bargain stalls had loads of riding gear helmets as cheap as £ 15, plenty of buyers carried away armfuls of bags.

There were loads of bikes to try out in the manufacturers zone, I even managed to get on an Indian Scout it is a very low motorcycle. Riders were queueing at these stands to book a motorcycle out on a test ride. Triumph motorcycles had their new Speed Triple on their stand this was priced at just short of £ 18,000. Opposite the Triumph stand was that of Royal Enfield with bikes more in my price range.

The live music on the MCN stage both days proved very popular and the Friday and Saturday evening music was good as well. Some of the showground has been sold off according to the local newspaper but this showground is huge. Walking around I got close to where last time Tri-Anglia Wheels had their stand with the Fed stand opposite them this whole area was empty nothing perhaps this piece is to go.

All in all, an excellent weekend. Well done to Ted and Linda for their efforts. The Fed stand was opposite the Rewaco Trike stand and the Hedingham club stand was close by, so lots of three wheelers together.

Note the number plate.

It was a very good weekend and well worth going.

A special build quad, it is worth noting the headlight.

According to MCN mag nearly 20,000 people turned up, well over 1,000 individual test rides on the road took place and Silverstone Auctions sold a 1990 Honda RC 30 for £ 65,250 a UK record.