What’s on: the next four weeks of motorcycling
Welcome to our What’s On page where we tell you everything worth going to in the coming month of motorcycling.
The biggest event in the coming month is the start of the action on the Isle of Man for the annual TT Races. The end of May sees the start of Practice Week where the superstars of road racing get to lap the course in anger for the first time since last year’s event.
The 37.73 mile long course (known as The Mountain Course because it wraps around the infamous Snaefell mountain) is widely regarded as the ultimate challenge for man and machine. The course itself is made up of public roads with very little run-off, but this doesn’t slowdown the racers looking for a podium top spot. Speeds topping 200mph are nowadays almost commonplace on the superbikes along the fastest sections of the iconic course.
If you want to go then you might find it difficult to physically get over to The Island this close to the event; most ferry and plane places have been booked up for months now, but there are cancellations so you might get lucky. Give the Steam Packet ferry company a call to see what’s what. Get in touch with them at: 08722 992 992
What’s On elsewhere this coming month MAY 2015
Friday 15 - Sunday 17 Berwick& DistrictMCC’s 4thMonks Rally, The Barn at Beal, Holy Island, Northumberland, 07859 903995, email@example.com The Scorched Rally, The Royal Oak, Christchurch Road, Downton, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 0LA. Tel 07864 105287 Aliens Infest Rally, Ashover Showground, Milken Lane, Ashover, Derbyshire S45 0BA. Tel 07713 128017 Saturday 16 Scorton Giant Auto/Bike Jumble, North Yorkshire Events Centre DL10 6EH. Bert 07909 904705. Ridethecounty, finishes at the H-Cafe, Oxford. www.ridethecounty.org.uk Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 NationalMotorcycle Races (No Limits Racing), Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2RP. www.donington-park.co.uk Women Bikers’ Skills Day& Rideout, Weymouth College, Weymouth DT4 7LQ. www.womenbikers.co.uk Sunday 17 VMCC(Essex) Sunday Run. Costa car park, Tollgate Centre, Stanway CO3 8RG, 9.30 for 10am. Terry Windsor 01206 384764 VMCC (Northampton) Girder Fork Run. Sywell Airport, 10.30am. John Bulmer 07850 909340. Yamaha Bike Day, Ace Cafe London NW10 7UD. www.ace-cafe-london.com MotoGP – France. www.motogp.com Rugby BikeFest, Market Place and High Street, Rugby Town Centre, Rugby, Warwickshire. Tel 01788 890789. www.rugbytowncentre.co.uk/bikefest Rattlesden Five Bells Bike Show, Five Bells pub, Rattlesden, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 0RA. Tel 01449 737669 LIVESCharityMotorcycle RideOut, meet atHorncastleMarket Place, Horncastle, Lincs. Tel 01507 523513 or 07788 415819 Ride of Respect, Hullavington Airfield. www.rideofrespect.co.uk Charity Ride for Lincs& Notts Air Ambulance, Two Wheel Centre (Mansfield) Ltd, 1-5 Priory Works, Priory Square, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire NG19 9LN. Tel 01623 627600. www.twowheel.co.uk Tuesday 19 7th Annual Spilsby Bike Night, Spilsby TownCentre, Lincolnshire. Tel Pete or Lisa 01790 753219. wildmansmotorcycles.co.uk Wednesday 20 Sports Bike Night, Winterton Rovers FC. www.lincolnshirebikenights.com Cruiser Bike Night, Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby. lincolnshirebikenights.com Thursday 21 Open Night forMotorcycles, Coventry Transport Museum, Sandy Lane Stores CV1 4EX. Tel 02476 234270. The GreethamGathering, Greetham Community Centre, Greetham, Rutland LE15 7NG www.greethamgathering.co.uk Thursday 21 - Tuesday 25 FHDCE Super Rally, Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA. superrally2015england.com Friday 22 Classic Bike& Car Meet, The Victoria, Coalville, Leics LE67 3FA. Tel 01530 814718. www.vicbikerspub.co.uk Friday 22 - Sunday 24 Fallen Angels ‘Tarts in Tartan’ Rally, Corus Sports& Social Club, Rowleys Drive, Shotton, Deeside CH5 1PY. 07786 913281 Friday 22 - Monday 25 Sheep Dip Rally, Lightfoot’s Farm, Silver Street, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 6DG. www.blacksheepbikeandtrike.co.uk/shee pdip.html Trikefest, Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, Ely, Cambs. Tel Ged 07815 784798, Sue 07970 474603. www.trikesrus.co.uk Adventure Before Dementia Rally, Tablers Wood Campsite, Carr Lane, West Cowick, Doncaster, Yorkshire DN14 9ED. Tel 07715 925784 No Bull Just Beer& Bikes Show, Penmaenau Farm, Llandelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales, LD2 3RD. Tel 07500 850663. www.nobullbeerandbikes.co.uk Pendine Sands Speedweek, Museumof Speed, Pendine, Camarthenshire, Wales. www.pendinelsr.com Saturday 23 Southern Classic Bike Show& Jumble, Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-onThamesTW16 5AQ. www.egp-enterprises.co.uk Beartown Bikers 7th Charity Ride Out, Church House Pub, Buxton Road, Congleton, CheshireCW12 2DY. Tel 07838 790631 Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 Bike Shed London 2015, Tobacco Dock, London E1W 2SF www.thebikeshed.cc Saturday 23 - Monday 25 Chipping Steam Fair, Green Lane Showground, Chipping, Preston, Lancs PR3 2TQ. www.chippingsteamfair.co.uk BENMotorcycle Rally 2015, Town Thorns Care Centre, near Rugby. 01344 294714. www.ben.org.uk/motorcyclerally Sunday 24 Sampford Peverell EX16 7BJ bikemeet. Tel. Bill 01884 820022. SunbeamMotorcycle Club Conyboro Run, Chiddingly, East Sussex. Charlie Smith 07802 468109 LE Velo (Lancs& S Lakes) Slaidburn, meet car park, 11 for 12. Tel 01772 782516. VMCC (Northampton) Box of Matches Run, Jack’s Hill Cafe, A5 Towcester, Northampton, 10.30am. David Hibbert 01604 766480. The 24th Douglas Bristol Cavalcade, Warmley, near Bristol. firstname.lastname@example.org SunbeamMCCConyboro Run, Chiddingly, Sussex. Charlie Smith 07802 468109. RBLRB Day (in aid of Poppy Appeal), Ace Cafe London NW10 7UD. www.ace-cafe-london.com World Superbikes – Round 6, Donington. www.worldsbk.com Autojumble, Manchester Road, Rixton, near Warrington, WA3 6EA. T Taylor 07860 648103. Cambridge Custom, Classic & Food Show, Cambridge Rugby Club, Volac Park, Granchester Road, Cambridge CB3 9ED. Tel 07952 768539. harveyscustoms.co.uk Sunday 24 - Monday 25 23rd RagleyHall Classic Car& Transport Show, Ragley Hall, Alcaster, Warwickshire B49 5NJ transtarpromotions.co.uk Monday 25 Craven CollectionMotorcycleMuseum. Open Day. Brockfield Villa, Stockton on the Forest, York YO32 9UE. 01904 400493. Margate Meltdown, Ace Cafe London NW10 7UD. www.ace-cafe-london.com Pendle Powerfest, Nelson & Colne College, Barrowford, Lancashire, BB9 7YT. www.pendlepowerfest.com Renal Ride, Start: Southmead Hospital, Southmead Way, Avon, Bristol, BS22 5NB. Tel 01934 740557 Emma Radford Memorial Buell& ItalianMotorcycle Festival, Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Spilsby, Lincs, PE23 4DE. Chris Jessop email@example.com http://tinyurl.com/nny4ec9 12th Suffolk Autojumble, Church Farm, Kettleburgh, near Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 7LF Tel. 01728 724858 (before 9pm) Wednesday 27 JUNE ISSUE OF CLASSIC BIKEGUIDE VMCC (Essex) Evening Run, Writtle Green, near Chelmsford, 7 for 7.15pm. John Beckinsale 01268 763805. Cruiser Bike Night, Shires, Grainthorpe. www.lincolnshirebikenights.com Friday 29 - Sunday 31 BournemouthWheels Festival 2015, Bournemouth seafront BH2 5AA. www.bournemouthwheels.co.uk Rorke’s Drift Rally 2015, Brecon County Showground, The Watton Fields, Brecon, Powys, Wales. Tel Pete 07531 909721, Amanda 07762 316341. www.rorkesdriftrally.moonfruit.com Saturday 30 LE Velo Northampton gathering, The Lilacs, IshamNN14 1HD, noon. Tel 01604 499858. Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 Thunderfest at Welsh Classic Motorcycle Festival, at Anglesey Racing Circuit, North Wales. thundersprint.com Sunday 31 Lincs BTSC Meet, Cleethorpes Light Railway. Bob or Maureen 01526 345270. Off-Road Riders Day, Ace Cafe London NW10 7UD. www.ace-cafe-london.com MotoGP – Italy. www.motogp.com Ladies’ Sunday, CMCMotorcycles, High Street, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 9DP. Tel 01246 860046. www.cmcbikes.com Centre 81 Bikers’ Breakfast, Centre 81, Tar Works Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1QR. Tel 01493 332253. www.centre81.co.uk Kenley Autojumble, The Portcullis Club, Kenley Airfield, Victor Beamish Avenue, CaterhamCR3 5FX (just off Jct 6, M25). www.facebook.com/KenleyAutojumble ErskineMotorbike Meet, Erksine (Hospital), Bishopton, Renfrewshire PA7 5PU. Tel 07814 984082. www.erskinemotorbikemeet.co.uk
Wednesday 3 VMCC (Essex) Wrinkly Run. Brock Hill Nursery, Brock Hill, Wickford, 10am for 10.30am. Alan Williams 01268 570145. Sports Bike Night, Torksey. www.lincolnshirebikenights.com Cruiser Bike Night, Blacksmiths Arms, Rothwell. lincolnshirebikenights.com Thursday 4 LE Velo (Lancs& S Lakes) Arnside, meet car park by Viaduct, 11 for 12. Tel 01772 782516. Thursday 4 - Saturday 6 UnwantedMCC’s Annual Bike, Trike & CustomShow, The Rockbar, Shobnall Sports & Social Club, Shobnall Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs. Tel 07988 521400. www.unwantedmcc.co.uk
Spectating at the TT is as serious or as
fun as you want to make it.