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.
Once again a supreme example of organisation, spectacle and downright good fun. Despite his age, 94 this year, my father still looks forward to the event and marvels at the sheer number of participants and attendees. A wonderful event and one that I hope will stay in the calendar always. Well done to James, the VMCC staff and all of the many volunteers and helpers that make the day such a success. - Steve Allen and Founder Titch Allen OBE, BEM
As a participant in the HONDA (Phil Morris Parade) I would just like to say thanks you to ALL members of the VMCC who organized the 2009 event .What a brilliant well organized event once again .!!! I would also like to thank the Travelling Marshall's for there Presence on the circuit A JOB Well Done! Roll on Next year. - Bob Peck No 31.
I have just returned from a fantastic day out at Mallory Park and would like to congratulate all the organisers for a job well done. On seeing all the classic machines riding round I was wondering if it was possible for me to take my Matchless G9 500 Clubman 1955 on to the circuit or would I need a race licence. If I need one how do I go about getting one and would my age be against me achieving this. I am 67. If you can give me any advice I would be great full. Once again thanks for a terrific day. Thankyou - Michael Jebb.
Just thought I would drop you a quick line to say great show, as I was walking about everyone (trade and visitors) seemed to be very happy, sometimes people are too quick to complain about things but never praise when everything goes well. Anyway I really enjoyed it, it’s the first time I have been and didn’t know what really to expect, and I was pleased that I went. -Steff Woodhouse
Congratulations to the club, the army of VMCC volunteers, and to you, for a fantastic weekend at the Festival of 1000 Bikes 2009. As someone privileged to be riding in the Past Masters Parade I would congratulate you on the slick way they were handled too, and the way we were looked after. As I think you know I get to ride in similar events across Europe and I think they now have to look to their laurels. And as someone who loves all forms of motorcycling the weekend as a whole was a veritable feast. - Malc Wheeler
Just a quick message regarding yesterday at Mallory. I was entered in three parade laps and had a wonderful day, you even sorted-out the weather! Well done to all concerned. - Nick Oldfield (931)
Congratulations to you and your team, you have done it yet again. What a fantastic weekend at the 2009 Festival of a 1000 bikes, for spectators riders and past masters, completed by the wonderful weather that everyone deserved. I find it both exciting and humbling to see the satisfied looks on the faces of the fans, who get a chance to have a chat with their stars of the past. Some of them are achieving a lifelong ambition by sitting down and reminiscing with their favourite riders of up to fifty years ago. As one of those older and more senior riders, thank you all for providing us with so much enjoyment in one weekend. Well done yet again and long may your success continue. - Tommy Robb.
Hope you're recovering..... Well done (to all at the club etc) for a great event ! I had a blast... and I managed to survive the "fast" Past Masters group unlike Charlie & 1 of the Nortons..... Not the fastest one out there, but hey, it's only a 250 and scrubbing in a new set of tyres...... (and of course I'm not an ex-World Champion sat on it !!!) Still, it was fantastic to be out there, so thanks.....Hope I didn't let the side down too much. - Richard Tracy
I have just returned from my third festival along with three friends. We all entered in the road bike sessions 2 on Saturday and 1on Sunday. Yet again the whole event was fantastic and brilliant organisation made everything run smoothly. My thanks to everyone involved and next years event is the first entry on the Cooper household 2010 calendar. - Andy Cooper Rider 263
Thank you for such a wonderful experience. - Jimmy Boyd.
Hope you have recovered after the weekend. Just to say it was the best ever and whilst we were very busy, we did enjoy ourselves. Congratulations on a great event. - Chris & Fiona , Hawksley Engineering
What a fantastic weekend at Mallory!!!!. The hard work put in by the team certainly showed. I have to congratulate you for a job well done and please pass on my thanks to everyone else who worked tirelessly in both the initial organising and their joint efforts in making this a truly great event. Go and cool your Jets and recharge your batteries and catch up on those sleepless nights mate you did it again. WELL DONE see you soon - Alex Graham
Well done. We were all so impressed with the event. You all must be exhausted. It must be an administration nightmare to organize. It was a credit to the VMCC. It is such a showcase event you should be extremely proud and congratulated on turning the event into a profit making situation and such a success. Many thanks for taking the time out to organise the Adams Family personal signing by Foggy. James was particularly chuffed to bits. He has tried to get his autograph for years, after several unsuccessful attempts it was thanks to you this was so easy. - Mary
We've had a lot of positive comment from our members about the Festival - I hope everything worked well for the VMCC too. From my perspective, the whole weekend certainly seemed to have a 'good vibe'! Please pass on the thanks of the ILOC to your staff and helpers who made the Festival a success for us. - Rob Dixon
Thanks for the invite to take part with the ride out on the Honda reps. It was a great weekend, which the highlight was the ride out for the spectators, proved by the massive turnout which completely covered the embankment from the hairpin down to the start . The crowds all waiting for the Honda replicas to come out. We spoke to people throughout and after the event, all of whom agree that it was something to remember and would definitely attend again. All the past masters were in their element and happy to chat to the crowds. A great weekend of history! Please let me know if you have any other events going off anywhere for another chance to get the bike out again. - Vincent Hunt
I wanted to say thank you to you and the Team for organising such a spectacular event, somehow, and i have know idea how you do it, the event gets better and better.... The crowd seemed to be bigger than in recent years and the atmosphere was electric, i especially enjoyed the number of families attending, it was really encouraging to see so many small faces thoroughly enjoying the event. This is a credit to both you and the Team.... We are looking forward to coming back next year...!!! Tony and Jim both seemed to enjoy their respective rides and the Joey Dunlop machine had significant interest... We have posted a You-Tube video of the first five laps of the Past Masters (cant remember the link, however if you do a search for the Festival and include the year and Joey Dunlop you will find it). and also the new website is finally nearing completion: www.darvillracing.co.uk Look forward to catching up soon, All the best, and thanks again for everything. - Alex Aitchison
My muscles are still aching from all the riding I did over the weekend (as a travelling Marshall) but I have been smiling ever since at the thought of such a great weekend Following on from 2008 everyone at the VMCC should be very pleased with themselves for organising a unique and superb motorcycling event. I doubt that such a broad range of motorcycling interest could be found anywhere else just to view, let alone be seen in action! Do you want my entry for next year now or shall I wait for the details to be published in the spring of 2010!! Also, on behalf of all the guys and gals at TEAM JAM RACING I would like to say a thank you for allowing us a prominent pitch alongside the trade stands. It certainly added to the occasion as so many people stopped by to view and talk about the range of bikes that we were displaying and riding. If you will allow we would like to do the same next year - and expect to have even more interesting bikes to display. Certainly the weather gods responded favourably, which was the least they could do, as the event must have bought so much enjoyment to so many……… Once again, well done and thank you. - Stuart Seber
We had a great day thank you. The pit worked loads better too and seemed really well organised re the sorting and sending out of the riders...really enjoyable. I have some shots & will gladly send you what I have once I get back. - Ben Shaughnessy
Just a quick line to thank you for yet again another excellent weekend as guests of the VMCC, the organisation was again superb Once again many thanks Tony and all the gang, oh and Granty and Robin T.
We managed to get 6 GP5's to Mallory this year, for the 1000 bike event including two ex works bikes. I would like to thank all those that turned up, and for all the help provided by the team, with special thanks to Sue for the cups of tea/coffee, Wes for the starting rollers, and Dave for the pushing, and Sam and James of the VMCC for all the hard work setting up the meeting. We did create a fair amount of interest, which is all for the good. The other good thing was there were five runners at the start of the event and five runners at the end of the event, now that's a big improvement. - Andy Boyle
I would just like to say a big thank you from all the members of the CBX Riders Club who attended either for the track event or as displayers of their bikes in the Avenue of Clubs Everyone said how smooth the event went and how friendly all the Vintage Club Staff were to them and what a happy trouble free event it turned out to be. We had a couple of guys who were first timers but are definitely booking for next year. Again congratulations and thanks for all yours and your team’s hard work - Janet Stone CBX Riders Club Events Manager