What a week
Brilliant reasons to ride this week
Have a blast in next 7 days
1 BSB’S big weekend
MCE BSB round two Where Brands Hatch Indy, Kent When Saturday, April 15-Monday, April 17 Entry £27 race day, £35 weekend Infowww. british super bikes. com
Leon Haslam had the perfect start to the 2017 season with back-to-back wins at Donington. Defending champion Shane Byrne, meanwhile, had a rough start after a bad crash in practice meant he was unfit to race, so the question is: can he bounce back at Brands? We say Bank holiday Mondays should not be spent sat inside watching Where Eagles Dare. That said, if you plan to go out for a big ride it will almost certainly rain, so get yourself down to Brands Hatch where it’s guaranteed* to be wall to wall sunshine. *hopefully…
2 What a Good Friday
MSVT Easter Friday Trackday Where Brands Hatch Indy, Kent When Friday, April 14, 9am-1pm Entry from £70 Info www.msvtrackdays.com
A morning-only trackday before the track is handed over to BSB in the afternoon. The day is split into three groups, with each group getting four 20-minute sessions on the track. Coaching is available although there are no pits due to the racing. 102db noise limit. We say There’s one thing football doesn’t have – you can’t have a kickabout in White Hart Lane, the day before a league game but you can do the biking equivalent. Brilliant bank holiday fun.
3 0-200mph in six seconds
Festival of Power Where Santa Pod Raceway, Podington When Friday, April 14-Sunday, April 16 Entry from £19 Info www.santapod.co.uk An action-packed weekend that includes Top Fuel Dragsters, Jet cars and Monster trucks plus the opening round of the National Drag Racing Championships. There are eight different classes of bike, including the 1000bhp, nitro-powered monsters. We say Festival of Power is the motorsport equivalent of being an extra on Mad Max, just don’t expect Tina Turner to be there.
4 Clash of the classics
Historic Racing Where Mallory Park, Leics When Saturday, April 15-Sunday, April 16 Entry £10 (£12 on the day) Info britishhistoricracingclub.co.uk The British Historic Racing club is the racing arm of the Veteran Motor Cycle Club and they do their level best to ensure machines are kept out of museums and ridden hard instead. There’s a huge range of machinery on display from pre-1940s right up to the 1980s. We say What is more electrifying that hurling yourself around a track at immense speeds on a motorcycle? Doing it with drum brakes and 18in bias-ply tyres. This is the first round of the BHR racing season and is well worth a visit.
5 Party with the Davidson
North West Harley Club Easter Rally
Where Adlington Cricket Club, Chorley When Friday, April 14 -Sunday, April 16 Entry £10 Info north-west-harley-club.webs. com
A weekend of bikes, bands and booze with a cracking Easter egg and toy run on the Saturday afternoon. All the proceeds from the event go to supporting Evergreen Lodge Children’s Respite Home. We say There are not many places left where you can safely say you’re heading off up North to look at some big twins in a field, but thankfully this is one of them. Flatheads, Panheads, Shovelheads, Evos, Twin-cams and Milwaukee-eights – hell even Sportsters are cool here.
6 Brush up for summer riding
Dorchester & West Dorset Motorcyclists (DWDAM) Advanced Riding Presentation Where George Albert Hotel, Evershot When Wednesday, April 12, 7pm-9pm Entry Free Info www.dwdam.org.uk
The first in a series of three weekly presentations led by Doug Miner, an expolice driving and riding instructor, who is the IAM examiner for SW Dorset. Each presentation will cover different situations and techniques. We say You never stop learning, or so the old saying goes, and it’s a philosophy we thoroughly agree with. Whether you just want to brush up your skills after a winter lay-up or you’re seeking to push yourself, these are the folks to show you the ropes.
7 Step back in time
Coleford Carnival of Transport & Autojumble Where Coleford, Gloucs When Monday, April 17 Entry Free Info www.colefordcarnivalof transport.co.uk
2017 is the 20th running of the Coleford Carnival, which is an annual display of classic vehicles in the heart of the Forest of Dean. The town centre is closed off and rows of classics, customs, vintage and military vehicles are displayed side by side. We say If previous years are anything to go by, expect over 500 different vehicles on display.
What better way to live out our BSB fantasies? Will Haslam be able to maintain his racewinning momentum Nothing prepares you for the site and sound of Santa Pod
Sights and sounds of yesteryear at Mallory Park
Steady on lads, you’ve forgotten the eggsé Sharpen up to be faster and smoother