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MCN festival attracts 19,000

Attendance at the 2017 Carole Nash MCN Festival of Motorcycling was up again, with the two-day total hitting 19,037, organisers report. More than 1000 test rides, both on and off-road, were taken.

The show was held at the East of England Arena in Peterborough at the weekend (13/14 May) and provided visitors with the chance to try out the latest motorcycles featured in the biggest multi-manufacturer test fleet in Europe. 

Festival-goers were also able to watch thrilling flat track racing, speedway, browse the retail, autojumble and club zones, and hear some of the racing world’s legendary machines brought to life in the new Motorex Classic Bike fire-up paddock.

Bauer Media MD Rob Aherne told BDN: “Every year we build on the successes of the previous show by bringing in new features such as the classic fire-up paddock, speedway racing, a combination of indoor and outdoor features and the opportunity for bikers to test ride the latest 2017 machines as part of the festival experience.”

Live entertainment was laid on throughout the weekend; former GP, WSB and BSB star Chris Walker took part in hooligan dirt track racing for the first time and stunt aces Steve Colley and Kevin Carmichael displayed exceptional skills. By night the Peterborough Panthers went head-to-head with the Newcastle Diamonds in an official round of the Speedway Great Britain Championship League and Yamaha entertained those who stayed all weekend by hosting the Dark Side Party on both Friday and Saturday night.

MCN editor Andy Calton added: “This year’s show was another fantastic event and to see an increase in total attendance once again is extremely encouraging. The feedback we’ve received already from visitors, manufacturers and retailers has been really positive and we look forward to coming back even bigger and better next year!”




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