Gloucestershire’s celebrated Prescott Speed Hill Climb will be the venue for one of Britain’s largest “live” motorcycle events on June 15-16 when it plays host to the annual Prescott Bike Fest.
Exhibitors will travel from around Britain and Europe to display and run a vast range of machines that will encompass everything from a 1903 Royal Sovereign to the Mad Max Streetfighter, the world’s fastest jet turbine, street-legal motorcycle, which has been clocked at 234mph.
Also on show will be a selection of bikes created by ingenious engineer Allen Millyard – including his 4.8-litre Flying Millyard, which is based around a twin-cylinder aircraft engine – a pair of Suzuki TR500 competition machines raced by the late, great Barry Sheene in the early part of his career and the second of just five Grand Prix racers made by the small but successful Italian company Paton during the 1960s and 1970s.
Unlike a conventional static show, Bike Fest will feature more than 100 machines, which can be seen in action tackling the famous 1,035-metre course that has been used as a hillclimb venue since 1937 – and it will also be possible for braver visitors to book passenger rides up the hill in machines ranging from a racing sidecar outfit to Morgan and Grinnall three-wheelers.
Another significant element of the event is Kickback, a competition showcasing the work of the 80 finalists competing for the National Custom Championship in an initiative dedicated to young and emerging custom engineers as well as more experienced builders. Tickets for the event cost £12 in advance on June 15; £15 on June 16. Under 16s can attend for free when accompanied by a paying adult.