Glastonbury’s not the only festival in town
The mad Butlin’s biking bash may be over... forever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have thrills and spills with MCN!
I may not have attended all 22 of the epic MCNLIVE! events, but I went to enough to appreciate just how well-loved this event was by so many. A mixture of entertainment during the day, bands and booze by night and a rideout ticked a lot of boxes for many visitors. A selection of top-notch biking celebs added a touch of glamour, and they were always happy to sign autographs and have a good old chinwag.
What really made the event so successful and so enjoyable was that motorcyclists share so much more than just a passion for riding a machine with two wheels. They share a sense of camaraderie, adventure and most definitely a certain ‘special’ kind of humour. The now notorious fancy dress competition on Saturday night was never an organised thing. It just happened. People started dressing up. Others thought it was funny and would dress up the following year. And that ‘special’ sense of humour has shone through – just check out the MCN ‘girls’ on the Letter of the Week (left). That event has come naturally to an end with Butlin’s more interested in promoting their own events and MCN putting energies into the everpopular London Motorcycle Show and the Scottish Show in Edinburgh. And, as of last year, we now also have the MCN Festival (see page 8). This outdoors event happens in just two weeks’ time and we hope that those seeking a fun-filled day (or two) with likeminded souls will help us turn it into a kind of Butlin’s-meetsLondon Show spectacular. We’ve got Colin Edwards leading the flat track action and a stack of other stuff going on. But at the end of the day it’ll be you that makes the event. Sharing stories, discussing awesome bikes on display or signing up for a demo ride all bring events like this to life. We’ve listened to feedback from visitors to the first MCN Festival last year and have made loads of changes. Let’s hope it’s still going strong in 22 years time!