2008 Event Report/Souvenirs

Trials | Grass Track | Sprint Demonstration | Track Sessions
Past Masters Parade | Avenue of Clubs | Static Display
Auto Jumble | Trade Stands | Camping & Accommodation | Entertainment
Mallory Park Map

Music Festival goers have Glastonbury, Opera Buffs have Glyndebourne and Horse lovers have Badminton. Motorcyclists have Mallory Park. This is the ‘Glastonbury’ of the motorcycle. There was even a little bit of mud around on Friday!

Thousands of enthusiasts descended on Mallory Park for the weekend of 11/12/13 July to see and hear the ‘stars’ perform. But unlike Glastonbury, many of the enthusiasts were performers in their own right having signed up for appearances on the 1.35 mile track on both the Saturday and Sunday. However the VMCC had its own musical element this year with the famous Ace Cafe providing their “Rock N Roll” stage in the big entertainment marquee which included DJs and live bands each night.

Rain on Friday seemed reluctant to give way, but Saturday did dawn dry and it remained so throughout most the day for the continuous succession of road machine track sessions that saw almost 1000 machines on the track in the course of the track sessions for road machines.

The superb sunny day on Sunday brought record crowds through the gates who witnessed another 1000 machines out for Track sessions for road and (mostly) racing machinery. Indeed, roads around Mallory came to a standstill as traffic queued for more than an hour to get into the public car park!

If Saturday was members’ day, then Sunny Sunday was the day for the ‘stars’- both man and machine.

The Past Masters demonstrated to us that they have lost none of their style and their élan. Some iconic machines from the past wafted stylishly around the circuit piloted by some iconic names including Phil Read, Mick Grant, Sammy Miller & Charlie Williams.

An electrifying display of speed and skill came from the National Motorcycle Museum ‘team’ of Norton Rotaries under the watchful eye of their creator Brian Crighton. The crowd watched in silence as the four machines howled around the circuit in a tribute to the late Roy Richards, founder of the Museum.

The highlight for many was when Giacomo Agostini & John Cooper took to the track in a re-creation of their 1971 Race of the year battle. With Ago and Cooper turning back the clock the site and sound of the MV and BSA Triple bought the crowds to their feet in appreciation of these great champions. VMCC CEO James Hewing presented both Ago & Cooper with framed picture of the event in recognition of this Historic re-enactment.


VMCC CEO James Hewing presented both Ago & Cooper with framed picture of the event in recognition of this Historic re-enactment.

The entire event was filmed to be included in a VMCC 2008 DVD which will also feature the Clubs Vintage Training Day and the 60th anniversary Banbury Run. Available in the autumn from the VMCC at £15.99 the footage will also be broadcast via an exciting internet arrangement that the VMCC has recently agreed.

The Festival of 1000 Bikes gives 3 awards every year for best post war machine, best Pre war machine and best Club stand from within the massive 50 strong Ave of Clubs. The 2008 awards are as follows-


Best Pre War machine (Sponsored by the Classic Motorcycle)-Mike Griffith, 1939 Rudge Ulster.


Best Post War machine (Sponsored by Old Bike Mart) Don Richards 1957 Norton Dominator.


Best Club Stand (Sponsored by Classic Racer) The Historic Police Motorcycle Group.

The “1000 bikes” weekend offers EVERY lover of old motorcycles the opportunity to participate at some level- and if not participating, there is something to appeal to the broadest range of “classic tastes”. That’s why the VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes is supported by some of the biggest names in the old bike movement including Footman James Insurance Brokers, Bonhams Auctioneers, Mortons Motorcycle Media, The Ace Cafe, The National Motorcycle Museum & Eriks (UK).

Want to know more?

More fantastic images of the event are available on request from VMCC HQ.

You can now enter for this event online using the 2011 Entry Form and Guidance Notes.

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The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited
Allen House
Wetmore Road
Burton Upon Trent
Staffordshire DE14 1TR, UK
Telephone +44 (0)1283 540557
Fax: +44 (0)1283 510547
Email: HQ@vmcc.net
Event Details

TRACK SESSIONS

 

 

You can book your place to ride on the historic Mallory Tarmac by the following means-
Download an 2011 Entry Form and Guidance Notes.
Contact us via Phone, Fax, e-mail or write to us at VMCC HQ.

TRIALS

Pre 65 Trials at the 2008 Festival of 1000 Bikes, Mallory Park.

The Taverners section of the VMCC has been asked, by the organisers of the Festival of 1000 Bikes, to look after the trials demonstration events taking place alongside the track and grass track displays.

A Trial will run on each day of the weekend (Sat 12th & Sun 13th July 2008).

The Taverners have been running a winter trials series in and around Leicestershire for about 40 years. Our events are laid out to suit the ‘Big Old Bikes’ that have fallen out of competitive favour in most ‘classic’ trials events. With that in mind, our trials are usually restricted to Pre-57 solo motorcycles and are divided into 4 classes (see regs for details). Machines should be, generally, of the period. Concentric Carbs, Electronic Ignitions and non standard fork internals are acceptable modifications.

We anticipate a healthy interest in the trials. The area designated and the likely close proximity of spectators has necessitated that we restrict the number of entries to 50 riders per day. To make the trials as interesting as possible to spectators; it has been decided that entries will be granted on an oldest bike basis. Hopefully numbers should permit entries from machines manufactured between 1957 and 1965 & these will be accepted up to the maximum entry.

Entries received, on or before the closing date, will be sorted by the age of machine and entries will be filled with the oldest 50 machines. We will notify successful entrants within one week. If you don’t receive a notification then, unfortunately, you have been unsuccessful.

Entries should be accompanied by the entry fee(s) which will be returned if the entry is unsuccessful.

If you are flexible and can ride on either of the two days please indicate, on the entry form, which day you would prefer to enter. We will endeavour to get you in on your preferred day.

Successful entries will be entitled to two free passes to the event.

Volunteers to act as observers are always welcome. Please contact the Clerk of the Course (Roger Monk, details below) if you, or friends, or family can assist. A free pass is the only reward we can offer other than our usual observers’ raffle! There may even be prizes for riders. We’ll let you know when we know.

ALL RIDERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR HELMETS

We hope to see a good range of interesting machines (and riders) over the weekend and hope to provide a good demonstration of our sport in a safe and enjoyable environment for all.

For more details and an entry form please contact-

Festival of 1000 Bikes Trial 
VMCC HQ
Allen House
Wetmore Road
Burton upon Trent
Staffs
DE14 1TR

Observers please contact- Mr Roger Monk Tel:(01509) 412662

Or download an entry form/regulations/information here







GRASS TRACK

The Grasstrack will be held on Sunday 13th July 2008 on a brand new course (following extensive landscaping works at Mallory) situated at the end of the Avenue of Clubs.

VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE GRASSTRACK

“Oh how the gods smile on the assembled band of enthusiasts”. The Festival of 1000 Bikes brings joy to thousands of Vintage Grasstrackers… “Is that the fanatical vintage stalwart followers, the vintage bikes, or the vintage riders?” you may ask, (in jest of course.) The truthful answer is, a bit of all of these.

This year the Grasstrack Demonstration promises to be even better than the previous event. The tricky, bumpy, technical track of last season is replaced with a smoother, better shaped well placed oval that will encourage excellent racing with close dices and fearless passing. The format of the demonstration this year follows the usual structure of our race meetings.

We have classes for: Vintage solo, Post Vintage Solo, Pre and Post War solo, Classic solo, Classic 4 valve solo, a new class for post 1975 250 c.c. solo machines and two classes for vintage and Pre- 75 sidecar machines. The Section also caters for a growing number of junior riders who enjoy classes commensurate with their age, experience and the machines they ride. It has been good to see a growing number of youth riders on real vintage machinery. This situation has been encouraged though our policy of allowing the youngsters to gain experience of our club by riding any and every machines the already have. The new track promises much. With a smoother surface to ride we can expect a show of full throttle intelligent bravery second to none

You must look out for The Priestly Brothers on super fast vintage machinery. Also, watch for former Champion, Dave Abbot on B.S.A. and J.A.P. solo’s, and Andy Smith with son Chris on Velo. and J.A.P. machines plus 4 valve mounted Les Rowland. We also have the spectacle of vintage sidecars dicing for every inch of the track. Riders to watch out for include Mike Wild (Triumph), Stu Towner (Vincent), Bob Miles (Triumph), and mother and son duo, Celia and Arthur Walton (Ariel).

At this venue the true spirit of the vintage movement really shows through. The gentle atmosphere with great racing and the friendly, helpful fellow riders, never fail to amaze and satisfy. These are true enthusiasts who care about their sport.

Organised by he Grass Track Section of The VMCC for more details and an entry form please contact the entries secretary enclosing an SAE to:-

Trevor Hopkins,
2 THE WILLOWS,
DAVENTRY,
NOTHANTS,
NN1 OPY.







SPRINT DEMONSTRATION (Sunday)

No

Rider Machine

1

John Brent Velocette – ‘Ironing Board’ Special

2

Chris Illman Leigh Rudge Special

3

Alan Clark Dr. Joe Bayley's Brooklands Douglas

4

Frank Whitby Rudge Sprint Special

5

Bob Anderson Cotton-JAP

6

Peter Freestone Honda CR110 - Replica

7

Derek Fox Norton-JAP ‘THOR’ V/Twin

8

Ted Reading Triton

9

Andy Forward Triumph Sprint Special

10

Nigel Fox Titch Allen’s Norton Sprinter (Side Valve)

11

Rhett Fisher Bultaco Pursang

12

Rhett Fisher Douglas SW6

13

Robbie Brown BSA Bantam

14

Ray Law Double Engined Triumph

15

Dave Allman Harris Matchless

16

Ben Allman Yamaha FZR

17

Simon Rees Jawa Sprint Special

18

Martin Newton Honda CBR

19

Steve Wood Suzuki Hyabusa Special

20

Andy Martin Suzuki GSXR

21

John Young Triumph-JAP

22

Howard German AJS R7

23

Ron Cheesman Suzuki Sprint Special

24

Charlie Butterworth Triumph (Supercharged)

25

Merv Evans RSM Triumph ‘Blue Bomber’ (Supercharged)

26

Colin Jeffries Hagon Greeves Griffon Sprinter

27

Graham Martin Derek Chinn Vincent ‘PEGUSUS’

28

Mark Illman LF Rudge Special

29

Jerry Larke TT New Imperial - JAP

30

Jerry Larke Hagon-JAP (Supercharged)

31

Frank Mace Sunbeam Sprint Special

32

Len Wallbank Velocette

33

Pete Scott Rickman Kawasaki Z900

34

Trevor Hing Triumph ‘Grand Prix’ Rep.

 

Sidecars  

40

Dave Woodard Suzuki Superside
  Pass. Ballast  

41

Stan Whitton Triovad - 3 Wheeler
  Pass. Ballast  

42

Paul Standing Formula 1 Asco Yamaha R1

 

(Pass) Jill Standing  

43

Vicky White Morgan S/S Matchless

 

Pass. Richard White  

44

Steve Wheatley Triumph

 

Pass. Graham Keymer  

 

Juniors  

J1

Christopher Fisher Bultaco Pursang

J2

Jasmine Fisher Kawasaki AR

J3

Michael Brown BSA Bantam

More details can be gained by contacting the Sprint Section or visit our new website:- www.vmccsprint.co.uk

Section Secretary - Juan Manzano:- juanmanzano@vmccsprint.co.uk

PAST MASTERS PARADE

Motorcycling legend, Giacomo Agostini will take to the Mallory Park race track at the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s Festival of 1000 Bikes on Sunday 13th July.

Multiple World Champion and 10 times TT winner, Agostini, returns to the Friendly Circuit where he was beaten by local motorcycle racer John Cooper back in 1971 at the Race of the Year.

John Cooper will also attend the event and he will be bringing along his BSA Rocket 3 which he beat Agostini on all those years ago.

A plethora of riders including Multiple World Champion Phil Read will join the duelling pair on track for the Stars Parade which forms the highlight of the Festival.

On the afternoon of Sunday 13th July many famous names and machines will take to the track in a thrilling mixture of sites and sounds.

Just some of the names already confirmed:-
 

NAME   MACHINE
GIACOMO AGOSTINI MV AUGUSTA 500 (4 cylinder)
TITCH ALLEN MORGAN
STEVE ALLEN TITCH ALLEN VELOCETTE KSS
 
ALTO PERFORMANCE TEAM
PETE WHITELEGG LAVERDA 750S FORMULA
PHIL READ JNR VYRUS DUCATI 944 RVC2v08 - MORE...
PHIL READ MBE MOTO PATON 500
    LAVERDA FORMULA 750S
 
CLASSIC ENDURANCE TEAM
ROGER HURST WORKS HONDA CR820
 
RON CHANDLER WORKS BSA ROCKET 3
JOHN COOPER WORKS BSA ROCKET 3
JOHN DAVIES SEELEY G50 OUTFIT
DES EVANS VINCENT GREY FLASH
     
HOWARD GERMAN MELLORS 1937 VELOCETTE 500
MICK GRANT TUL-ARIS 800 - MORE..
    SUZUKI RG 500
DAVID HAILWOOD HONDA RC181
KEITH HECKLES MANX NORTON 500
MICK HEMMINGS TAIT 500 GP TRIUMPH
    DAYTONA 500 TRIUMPH
OLLIE HOWE MANX NORTON 500
ROB MALTBY YAMAHA TZ 250
    YAMAHA TZ125
 
SAMMY MILLER GILERA 500
    REG 250
    HAILWOOD HONDA R181 500
 
NATIONAL M/C MUSEUM
WORKS MACHINES WITH ORIGINAL STAR RIDERS
LEE DICKINSON NEW NRV588 PROTOTYPE MORE...
TREVOR NATION JPS NORTON RCW ROTARY
JIM MOODIE JPS NORTON RCW ROTARY
IAN SIMPSON DUCKHAMS QXR NORTON ROTARY
PHIL BORLEY DUCKHAMS QXR NORTON ROTARY
 
FRANK PERRIS YAMAHA 250 V4
DEREK PLUMMER BMW R75 OUTFIT
 
IVAN RHODES COLLECTION
IVAN RHODES WOODS/MELLORS 1939 VELOCETTE  WORKS 350
GRAHAM RHODES VELOCETTE ‘ROARER’
HOWARD GERMAN MELLORS 1937 VELOCETTE WORKS 500
JOHN KIDSON WOODS 1937 VELOCETTE WORKS 500
SAM RHODES TOMKINSON 1928 VELOCETTE KTT 400
 
DEREK RUMBLE RUMBLE BSA OUTFIT
KEN SPRAYSON ROYAL ENFIELD GP5
NIGEL STONE CR93 HONDA
    MORBIDELLI VR125
 
TST RACING
MICK GRANT EX SHEENE SUZUKI RG500
TONY SALT EX ROGER MARSHALL GSXR750
IAN GASKELL YAMAHA TZ250S
 
CHRIS VINCENT NORTON ROTARY OUTFIT
MALC WHEELER MAMOLA SUZUKI XR 45
    R.E.G. 250
    SEELEY G50
ROGER WINTERBURN SEELEY G50
CHARLIE WILLIAMS MAXTON TZ385
    WORKS HONDA ENDURANCE RACER (TBA)

Special thanks to The National Motorcycle Museum (Birmingham), The Sammy Miller Museum, Mr Tony Salt (TST Tyres), Mr Ivan Rhodes, Mr Bernie Saunders, Alto Performance and all our Riders & Suppliers of machines for their generosity.

GIACOMO AGOSTINI OFFICIAL SIGNING & APPEARANCE TIMES
Saturday - 4.00pm VMCC Stand in Trade area of Race Paddock (with John Cooper).
Saturday - 6.30pm VMCC Entertainment Marquee in Race Paddock (Stars on Stage).
Sunday - 10.00am VMCC Stand in Trade area of Race Paddock.
Sunday - 1.30pm On Track (Past Masters Track Session).
Sunday - 2.30pm VMCC Stand in Trade area of Race Paddock (with John Cooper).







WHAT THE PUBLIC SAID

The following are just a few extracts from the dozens of emails and letters received by the VMCC HQ within days of the event.

Wonderful event. You all deserve congratulations. No other organization could have put this huge event on so well. Best Wishes Mr Murray - 3564

I would again like to pass my thanks to you for giving me and my father the opportunity to ride together. We tried to put on a good "race simulation" and I hope the crowd enjoyed it as much as I did. The whole event is quite spectacular and I thought you and your team did a splendid job. Having organised big events and exhibitions myself I know how huge the task is just to get the gates open! It appeared from our side to run smoothly and safely. I hope your sponsors valued it too. Again, thanks and good luck with next year. (Please order the same weather conditions) Best wishes Phil Read Jr  

May I congratulate you and everybody involved at this event in one word it was fantastic. How on earth can you better it next year? I rode Saturday and Sunday it was just brilliant regards Gary Hoyle  

May I express my thanks to you and all the staff for all your hard work and effort that was put into the Festival last weekend. In spite of Friday's weather, it was a wonderful weekend. Best wishes and many thanks once again. Emlyn Evans  

Just a quick note to congratulate you on a fantastic weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it seemed that all around me did too. Well done – it just have been very hard work, but well worth it in the end. Regards Nigel Wynne  

To Everybody Concerned. A big thanks you for a Brilliant day out. What a Show!! Well done Again!!! Bob Peck No 93 & Kevin Harland No 92 Looking forward to Next year

Just an e-mail to say what a great weekend my wife & myself had at Mallory for the 1000 bike festival! We went out on track on Saturday & it went far too quickly!! But it was great & hopefully we will be able to attend next year. The track action was great but all the rest of the event was outstanding as well. We got to see & meet a couple of my racing hero's! as well. You all deserve a big pat on the back, as I'm sure it wasn't easy to arrange such an event. A Big Thanks from David & Wendy Smith. (class F / 931)  

Thanks for a great event! Bloody brilliant. Next year I’ll have some better leathers and hopefully avoid being black flagged. sorry about that! However, Mallory can’t avoid criticism-bikings answer to Glastonbury. To see priceless classics covered in mud was terrible, not to mention the potential for trouble caused by riding on track on muddy tyres. “Newly improved Mallory”-I didn’t see it. In addition there isn’t a single seat in the place. Most tracks have the occasional scaffold seating. Loved the beer in the tent-a good effort to have real ale on, however the “music” was so loud and awful I couldn’t stay in it. Loved the chance to hear the superstars talk, but the interviewer didn’t seem to have planned his questions. After saying how much charisma Ago has he hardly gave him a chance to speak! Minor gripes however, cant wait for next year, Regards, Brian Forster. 43439  

I am the competitor N 692 during 1000 bikes of Mallory Park on July 12th and 13th. With my friends N 588 and 646 we passed an excellent weekend, all the organization was completed except maybe on Friday afternoon during our arrival in the rain or the members of the VMCC seemed a little exceeded by the meteorological conditions … The demonstration was formidable and machines on the track, in the exposure in the paddock and in the space club, of high quality. The series took place correctly and we appreciate the presence of the marshal controlling the most passionate and protecting the least fast (what misses in the French demonstrations) one thank you to them. I think that we were that 3 French people for these 1000 bikes, my friends coming from Paris and I of the region of the castles of the Loire and crossed 780 km to come to your demonstration. So much people were very nice on the “road bike" paddock, he seemed to me glances a little bit dark in the pre-railing, with our German motorcycles and our small French flags on Mb machines and on our helmets. Or can we read the report (Web or magazine) of the demonstration ? On Monday, July 14th being holiday in France we visited National Motorcycle Museum de Birmingham or we were amazed of the restoration and the quality, once again, presented motorcycles. To summarize, bravo, thank you and in the next year !!!! Best regards. MAZURIER Jean-François  

I had meant to contact you before - but obviously my memory is failing due to advancing years. It was only to say that, from an entrant's perspective, I thought that the event was significantly better than the last two years. The only negative feedback I got was that some of the pre-war riders on Sunday afternoon were a little unhappy at sharing the track with a small number of modern sports bikes. In fairness the "moderns" did ride with some care, and didn't carve me up anyway. All in all it seemed to be a great success, a triumph in fact; or should that be a Scott or a Velo! (sorry, couldn't help that). Best wishes & see you soon I hope Martin  

Thank you for a great weekend at Mallory. We all had a really good time and there was a lot of interest in our stand. Hopefully there will be a bit of restoration work from it. We will see. The event was perfectly organised and seemed to run like clockwork. It was a shame that my Honda was misfiring, the new carbs needed the jets changing. It has all been sorted out now but it was blowing flames a foot out of the pipes. Wow. I would like next year to organise a track day for our clients here at HMR. When you have a bit of time, maybe you could advise me on how to go about it and I think that Mallory is the perfect place considering the history involved, not only with the bikes that we restore and build but also with my father and Mallory’s race history. The ideal place for the ideal bike. Let me know what you think. Anyway, thanks once again for a brilliant weekend. Speak to you soon. Dave  

Just a quick note to thank you all for all your hard work in making this years Festival of 1000 Bikes weekend such a Splendid Affair! I have no complaints to make what-so-ever, Only Praise & Compliments for it being such an exceptional event. I can't wait to do it all over again Next year & the year after!! The memory of using the Thunderbird rigid racer in anger for the first time around (any track, let alone proper open circuit) Mallory will live with me forever (Fear has a way of staying etched into the mind!) & also with my dad, Gordon, who hasn't seen the bike circulate a track in that manner for 30 years! He originally built the bike in 1974 & retired it in 1978 - replacing it with a later swinging arm version in an attempt to improve the somewhat wayward handling! Many thanks again for organizing such a wonderful weekend, the success that the Festival has achieved is most well deserved & only bore out of the hard work & enthusiasm that you all put into making this event so unique. Kindest regards Rod Geskell North West VMCC member  

The team would just like to say thank you for the weekend we had a lot of interest in the bike. Thanks again on behalf of the Norton rotary sidecar team Richard

What a weekend! Hope you all at HQ are now suitably refreshed! I think it may take me a little longer yet. I am still shattered! Thanks to everyone at HQ for all your help. I hope we fulfilled your expectations? I think our Marquee was busier than ever this year and despite not having anything from the Museum, we had some great stuff on show. Had some great feedback already about what an amazing weekend it was. Thanks again. Cheers, Chris  

The event on Sunday proved to be very successful and I have received more e mails and phone calls thanking us for the day than any other event we have organised this year. The day ran very smoothly, with excellent service from all the VMCC and Mallory Park staff. Many thanks again Geoff Cox Regional Operations Director Eriks UK  

Many thanks,you organized a great event with many good helpers. I hear from my many fans Phil and I put on an impressive show. He was playing with me! Cheers, Phil  

Thank you very much for the invitation and hospitality and for staging this very fun event – great atmosphere in the paddock, it reminded me of the joys of bike racing again. I had a very enjoyable weekend and Mick very much liked the bike. I had fun riding the bike in the morning session, Mallory is a track that suits it ok, provided you can keep the front end down J. Mick and I even swapped bikes for the afternoon! Unfortunately tranny niggles meant Mick could only do one full session, but we are both keen to come again next year. I’ll be in touch by then, but if there is anything please just drop me a line, All the best, Robin  

Sorry for the delay in saying "thank you" for the very nice day at your 1000 bikes Mallory meeting. I really did enjoy it and met quite allot of old friends. It was a pity I did not meet you in person I know you were a very busy man with all those wonderful bikes to look after. Your girls in the show aria were very helpful and intensive to us all there, thanks to them also. Regards David Moore NSU  

I'm sorry that this isn't very timely but I would like to thank all the team sincerely for a brilliant weekend Festival event at Mallory. We got put around the back of the circuit for hardstanding / camping but apart from the dirt track back to the paddock it was fine, with a brilliant view of the circuit. You must have all put in a huge amount of effort in preparation for the event so please accept our grateful thanks to all concerned at Allen House and elsewhere. I hope it was commercially successful for the club and we look forward very much to future festivals. (I know there must be a thousand good reasons to have it at Mallory but is it not an option to consider Cadwell or any other venue?) Thanks again to all the team for a super event with kind regards Steve Hughes

Not cleaned the bikes yet, but what a fab event the whole weekend went so well im glad you enjoyed it as well, next year you must have a blast round on one of my bikes, many thanks once again for the invite Best Regards Nyto stal #69 !!.  

Can I take this opportunity to thank and congratulate everyone at the VMCC for what can only be described as the most spectacular event that I have attended? How you achieved it to run so smoothly is beyond me. It is the first time we attended this event and hope it won’t be the last! Its 40 years since I last rode at Mallory, although we’ve been once or twice since. I’m 63 now and took my little 50cc Minarelli with me. Full chat round some of the bends on it, exhilarating to say the least and the best ride I’ve had in a long time. Will I be back, you bet. Lots & lots & lots of people made comment on my bike in the paddock & said it should have been on display up in the main marquee for everyone to see, maybe next year. Anyway Jim thanks for a great weekend and best wished to everyone concerned, you made a 63 year old realise what life is about. Regards & Best Wishes Mike Richards  

My second year of the festival and once again a superb weekend. met up with friends we made last year and looks as though a number of my friends from home intend to participate in 1000 bikes 2009. Thank you to everyone involved in making this a fantastic event. Regards Andy Cooper rider 399 

Just a few lines to thank you and all those (except the thief!) who attended Mallory, it was a great weekend. Trusting that it was successful for the club such that 'Ace' may look forward to being part of it next year. See you at the Ace! Regards Mark  

A BIG BIG thank you for a great weekend……. From Dave King sometimes known as Hugh Fernley something or other,,, and the HDRCGB

I would like to thank you for all your efforts with the 1000 bikes event last weekend. We managed to get 8 Royal Enfield GP5 together but only 5 "runners". That is a quarter of all GP5's found, and more than have ever been together in one place than ever before. Thanks for your help in the organisation, and maybe more next year? Thanks again. Andy Boyle  

Just a thank you and your team for a brilliant weekend. We had a great turn out with plenty of bikes and lots of people showing interest. All members had a great time and I'm also sure the weather helped. The club would like to thank you all again for inviting us and would love to be able to attend again and perhaps any other show the VMCC was putting on. Thank you, Cheers Gary Wise. CB1100R Owners Club.  

Just wanted to say "Thank You" for your kind hospitality over the weekend. The event was superbly organised and has obviously become - and rightly so - one of the main highlights of the biking calendar! Many congratulations to you, and all the VMCC staff, who worked so tirelessly both before and during the weekend. Once again, many thanks. Kindest, Emma

wow! good stuff big lad. - Classic Bike Guide

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

AVENUE OF CLUBS

With over 40 one make Clubs in displaying in the Avenue of Clubs in 2007 this was be a big hit with visitors to the event. Again in 2008 each Club will be displaying their Members machines as well as many of those same Members riding in the Track parades.

Clubs wishing to attend or wishing to have a special track session for their Members should contact VMCC HQ as soon as possible hq@vmcc.net

List of Clubs that have already confirmed their attendance in the Avenue of Clubs at the 2008 Festival of 1000 Bikes .

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AJS & Matchless Owners Club
AMC Hybrids Association
Berkeley Enthusiasts Club
BMW Club (Vintage & Classic Register)
British Motorcycle Charitable Trust
British Motorcycle Federation (BMF)
British Motorcycle Preservation Society (N Wales).
Brough Superior Owners Club
BSA Bantam Club
CBX Riders Motorcycle Club
Cedos Owners Club
Cycle Motor Section VMCC
Chiltern Section VMCC
Difazio Hub Centre Steering Owners Club
Excelsior Talisman Enthusiasts
Federation of British Sidecar Clubs
Gold Star Owners Club
Goodwood Section VMCC
Harley Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain
Historic Police Motorcycle Group
Honda RC30 Owners Club
Honda CB1100R Owners Club
Indian Riders Club
Italian Motorcycle Owners Club (GB)
MAG
Moto Guzzi Club of Great Britain
Moto Morini Riders Club
MV Owners Club
MZ Riders Club
National Autocycle & Cyclemotor Club
Northampton Section VMCC
North West Section VMCC
Norton Owners Club
New Imperial Owners Association
Royal Enfield Owners Club
Rudge Enthusiasts Club
Scott Owners Club
Sheffield & S Yorkshire Section VMCC
Surrey & Sussex Section VMCC
Suzuki Owners Club
Tamworth & District Classic Motor Cycle Club
Taverners Section VMCC
Tiger Cub Club incl Real Classics Magazine.
Triumph Owners MCC
Triumph Owners MCC (Meriden Branch)
TR3 OC MARQUEE
Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC)
West Wilts Section VMCC
Yamaha TZ OC (in race paddock)

AUTO JUMBLE/TRADE STANDS

Auto jumble
There will be a large Auto jumble held on both days of the 2008 event.

Following extensive landscaping work at Mallory Park over the last 2 years the Auto jumble will have a new dedicated area located on the outside of the circuit.

Each auto jumble stand measures 4M X 5M which can be booked by contacting VMCC HQ or e-mail hq@vmcc.net

Trade Stands
The Trade Village will be located within the race paddock and will also feature stands from all the events partners including Footman James Insurance Brokers Ltd, Bonhams Auctioneers, Mortons Media, The National Motorcycle Museum & The Ace Café.

Trade Stands can be booked by contacting Mrs Helen Lovell at Mallory Park on (01455)842931 or e-mail helen@mallorypark.co.uk

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CAMPING AND ACCOMMODATION

Great Camping facilities will be available at £10.00 per pitch for the entire week-end, Fr-Sun inclusive. There is no need to pre book as your camping fees will be collected on the day of arrival.

If you require accommodation we have negotiated a special deal for you at the Holiday Inn. Holiday Inn Coventry is pleased to offer this special weekend rate in association with the Vintage Motor Cycle Club throughout 2008!

Located in the heart of the UK, Holiday Inn Coventry is the perfect venue to stay when visiting historic Coventry, the birthplace of the British motor industry. Coventry Transport Museum and the National Motorcycle Museum are just 10 minutes drive, or visit nearby Mallory Park or Silverstone.

VMCC offer of £58 per room, per night, bed and breakfast.

Book now, quoting "VMCC rate" on 024 7658 7420
Holiday Inn Coventry M6, J2 Hinckley Road, Walsgrave, Coventry, CV2 2HP www.holidayinn.co.uk

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A further list of accommodation can be found on Mallory Parks own Website www.mallorypark.co.uk accommodation.

HOSPITALITY

VIP hospitality for Sponsors and Past Masters will be provided in the Hailwood Suite on Sunday 13th July.

ENTERTAINMENT/OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Ample catering to suit all tastes will be provided over the course of the weekend with the VMCC “Big Top” Marquee with Separate bar area also providing refreshment.

On the evening of both Friday 11th & Saturday 12th there will be live bands providing entertainment on The Ace Cafe Stage within in the VMCC “Big Top” marquee until late in the evening. Also in this area on Saturday evening their will be a “Stars on Stage” feature with interviews with some of the past masters who will be riding on Sunday 13th.

General Timetable Of Events & Facilities Opening Times.
(Please note specific days as shown, all locations marked on event map)

Friday & Saturday - 6.30pm – Late
VMCC ENTERTAINMENT MARQUEE & BAR FEATURING THE ACE CAFÉ ROCK N ROLL STAGE.

Come down and visit the VMCC Marquee and bar located within the race paddock. The bar will be open from 6.30pm with the following the entertainment.

FRIDAY - 6.30pm-Late.
Bar Open.

THE ACE CAFE ROCK N ROLL STAGE
6.30pm-Rock n Roll DJ Tracy Dick
8.00pm Lynette Morgan & The Blackwater Valley Boys.
Following on from their appearances at the Ace Cafe and venues around the UK we are delighted to welcome this nationally acclaimed band the event. You can hear tracks from the country/rock n roll influenced sound on their website-www.myspace.com/lynettemorganandtheblackwatervalleyboys

SATURDAY - 11.00am-Late
Bar Open (excellent track viewing from the seated area overlooking Stebbe Straight).

THE ACE CAFE ROCK N ROLL STAGE
7.00pm Stars On Stage.
Stars including Giacomo Agostini & Phil Read who are taking part in Sundays "Past Masters" Track display will be interviewed on stage by well known journalist Jim Reynolds.

7.30 pm-Rock n Roll Dj Tracy Dick
8.30pm Darrell Higham & The Enforcers.
Stalwarts of the Ace Cafe stage in London the VMCC is delighted to welcome this most famous of Rock N Roll bands to the Festival of 1000 Bikes. One of the most talented & original artists on the UK rock n roll scene Darrel has 15 solo albums and west end stages appearances to his multiple credits. Also an accomplished session musician the band quote influences from country through to rockabilly and 60s blues and pop.
Website www.darrelhigham.co.uk 

Saturday & Sunday 9.00 am to event close
TRADE STANDS/AUTO JUMBLE/AVENUE OF CLUBS
With some of the biggest names in the movement on site and a packed auto jumble not to mention over 40 Club displays there is something around every corner at Mallory this weekend. (See separate list of Club Entries)

Saturday & Sunday 9.00 am to event close
WALL OF DEATH
Experience the thrills and spills of the “DemonDrome” Wall of Death situated near the road paddock on the outside of the circuit. www.demondrome.com

Saturday & Sunday 11.00am – 3.30pm
PRE 65 TRIAL
Classic pre 65 Trial organised by the Taverners Section of the VMCC on Mallory Park’s off road courses.

Saturday & Sunday 9.00am - event close
STATIC DISPLAY OF TRACK SESSION ENTRANTS MACHINES
Come and see the display of VMCC Members machines in both the road & race bike paddocks.

Sunday 9.30am - event close
STATIC DISPLAY OF PAST MASTERS RACE AND SPRINT MACHINES
From Sunday Morning come and see some of the incredible machines (& mingle with their star riders) such as Agostini’s MV500, Phil Read’s Paton 500 and the incredible Tul-aris plus the works machines supplied by The National Motorcycle Museum all displayed in the Past Masters section of the static display area within the race paddock. In a separate display area you can also see some historic Sprint bikes in the VMCC Sprint Sections own marquee.

Sunday 10.30am – 3.30pm
GRASS TRACK
Historic Grass Track organised by the Grass Track and Speedway Section of the VMCC. Come and see some spectacular “grass action” on a brand new course situated at the end of the Ave of Clubs.

Sunday 12.30pm – 1.30pm & 5.00pm - 5.45pm
SPRINT DEMO
A fantastic display of straight line action will be provided by the Sprint Section of the VMCC during Sunday lunchtime & late afternoon on the Start/Finish straight. There will also be a Static Display of sprint machinery in the dedicated VMCC Sprint Section static display marquee located within the race bike paddock on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday 1.30pm – 2.30pm
THE PAST MASTER'S TRACK PARADE
See the incredible line up of Past Masters and machines take to the track in a spine tingling display of sites and sounds. Including a reprise to the epic 1971 race of the year battle between Ago & Cooper who will be joined by 70s superstar and multiple World Champion Phil Read on the awesome Paton 500 (See separate list for current line up).

Sunday 4.00pm
VMCC PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
After 4.00pm the following prestigious awards will be and presented directly to the winners and their machines with details being published in the VMCC Club Magazine and via Mortons Motorcycle Media Titles.
For Machines Ridden In Track Sessions -

  • Best Pre War Machine (Sponsored by The Classic Motorcycle)

  • Best Post War Machine (Sponsored by Old Bike Mart).

Other Categories

  • Best Club Stand (Sponsored by Classic Racer).

Event Services
Fuel
- Will be available during the times set out on the event map - Mallory Park Map for location

Starter Service - Will be available on Sunday in the race paddock for the “reluctant machines” courtesy of Hawksley Engineering Ltd.

Track Session event photographer  - Reilly Studios will be filming each entrant in every session. Your souvenir photograph will be available to purchase at the event from their office located in the race paddock (Mallory Park Map for location). Photographs will also be available following the event by contacting Reilly Studios on (01455) 610782

In case of query or in case of emergency/fire – Please contact an event Marshall/Member of Security Staff or the event Control Office located in the Race Administration Office.

Link to Mallory Park Map - PDF file

2008 Memorabilia

Visit VMCC Shop to buy souvenirs online

Small Red Gorilla Photography
10 Picasso Place
Aylesbury
Bucks HP19 8SX
W: www.srgphotography.co.uk
E: info@srgphotography.co.uk
T: 01296 433281 M: 07951 073210

2011 Entry Form and Guidance Notes.