Glas­ton­bury’s not the only fes­ti­val in town

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment - Gareth Ash­man, 01733-468118

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!

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