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thousands turn out for prescott bike festival

The seventh annual Prescott Bike Festival took place at Prescott Hill on Sunday, 9 April and was hailed by organisers as the most successful yet.

More than 6000 motorcycle enthusiasts flocked to a sun-baked event to support fundraising for Blood Bikes and were treated to a whole feast of entertainment both on and off the track.

Festival organiser Gordon Downie said: “It was a hugely successful event and we’d like to thank everyone who helped make it so – not least the thousands of visitors who came to support us. Although it is too soon to say definitively, early signs suggest that a record-breaking sum has been raised for the Blood Bike charities this year. Exciting plans are already afoot for next year, which will be held on Sunday, 15 April, 2018”.

Among the many VIPs in attendance were David Hailwood, son of Mike “the Bike”, with his father’s iconic Honda RC174 motorcycle; Norton world sidecar champion Stan Dibben; British motorcycle racing champion Rod Scivyer and popular British sporting hero Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards. Eddie took to the hill (not on skies we hasten to add) but in a Grinnall three-wheeler.

Engineer Allen Millyard returned with no fewer than eight of his amazing creations, including his award-winning Flying Millyard (powered by a five-litre V-twin aero engine). Matt McKeown thrilled the crowds once again with his Chinook helicopter engine powered Shopping Trolley and his latest project, the world’s fastest jet-powered hearse called “Dead Quick” with which he hopes to set a 200mph record later this summer.

The event featured large displays of historic and modern bikes.

All proceeds go to the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and regional blood bike group Severn Freewheelers, one of 27 blood bike groups around the UK that provide a free out-of-hours courier service for medical essentials. The life-saving service is run by volunteers and operates between NHS facilities, with Severn Freewheelers alone dealing with around 400 calls per month on emergency response BMW R1200RTs. 

 

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