What a week

Bril­liant rea­sons to ride this week

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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

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