MCN FES­TI­VAL PRE­VIEW

Make May a mem­o­rable month by kick­ing off the fes­ti­val sea­son with MCN

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And this year’s Clas­sic Bike Live

There’s noth­ing like a party to kick the sum­mer off with a bang and the Carole Nash MCN Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­cy­cling at Peter­bor­ough Arena on May 13/14 prom­ises just that. Fol­low­ing the mas­sive suc­cess of last year’s event, the 2017 fes­ti­val prom­ises to be even big­ger – and bet­ter. The old favourites will be back – and there’ll be plenty of new fea­tures to en­joy as well.

Nat­u­rally, mod­ern bikes will be well rep­re­sented, with most of the new 2017 mod­els on dis­play. But for CB read­ers, the mas­sive au­to­jum­ble, ranks of club dis­plays and the start-up pad­dock are bound to be the fo­cus of at­ten­tion. The Vintage Ja­panese Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, the Air-cooled RD Club and the Bri­tish Two-stroke Club are just three clas­sic out­fits who have al­ready con­firmed their at­ten­dance. If your club wants to join the party, there’s still plenty of time, though. For more in­for­ma­tion on that, con­tact nicole.may­nard@bauer­me­dia.co.uk

The au­to­jum­ble, or­gan­ised by ex­pe­ri­enced jum­ble pro­mot­ers Elk Pro­mo­tions, is all set to be big­ger and bet­ter than last year, too. Plots are still avail­able from Julie Di­plock at mc­n­fes­ti­val@elk-pro­mo­tions.co.uk It’s a great way of turn­ing un­wanted kit, parts or bikes into cash for your next project.

The fire-up pad­dock that was such a pop­u­lar fea­ture at Clas­sic Bike Live last Oc­to­ber will be an­other clas­sic at­trac­tion at the fes­ti­val. Among the sen­sa­tional clas­sics al­ready con­firmed for eardrum-bat­ter­ing ac­tion are the unique 1962 Marsh R4 495cc four-cylin­der racer, an ex­am­ple of the ground break­ing 1975 Yamaha TZ750 and an ear-split­ting 1963 Honda CR93 125cc twin. It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed. And the ac­tion doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, ei­ther. On-site camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties mean you can make a proper week­end of the fes­ti­val. Yamaha will be host­ing their ‘Dark Star Party’ on both Fri­day and Satur­day nights, with live bands Hooker, Grounded and Chil­dren of the Rev­o­lu­tion keep­ing the music flow­ing. And, for those who pre­fer two-wheeled ex­cite­ment, there’s ful­lon Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship speedway ac­tion as Peter­bor­ough Pan­thers take on New­cas­tle Di­a­monds on the shale oval.

There will be plenty more an­nounce­ments on spe­cial guests, fea­tures and yet more clas­sic metal over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for more de­tails in the May is­sue of Clas­sic Bike. And, in the mean­time, you can keep up to date on all the lat­est de­vel­op­ments by vis­it­ing the ded­i­cated web­site at mc­n­fes­ti­val.com

‘THERE’S FULL-ON BRI­TISH CHAM­PI­ONSHIP SPEEDWAY AC­TION ON THE SHALE OVAL’

ABOVE: There will be plenty of dirt-based ac­tion

BE­LOW: This year’s fest will be even bet­ter than last year

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