There are still loads of great retro-re­lated shindigs this year. These are our favourites...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Retro Special 2017 -

Dress like a to­tal plum! Dis­tin­guished Gen­tle­man’s Ride Septem­ber 24

Why? Be­cause there is noth­ing else in the world that lets you dress up like a fool, while rais­ing money for prostate can­cer and sui­cide pre­ven­tion. The DGR has turned from a small idea into an event that at­tracts 100,000 rid­ers glob­ally and last year raised £6mil­lion. There are rides all over the coun­try and all over the world. Take a cra­vat, a suit, a waist­coat or some brogues. You can even com­bine the look with some funny face fur. We’re go­ing for a Guy Martin-meets-Em­merdale Farm side­burn combo. Ride any­thing you want – you get peo­ple on race-reps, but a retro naked may well be the way for­ward. Buy an open-face hel­met for the ful­lon wind-in-your-beard ex­pe­ri­ence. Costs noth­ing – but you need to raise some money for the causes. Con­tact www.gen­tle­man­sride.com

Start that project! Clas­sic Bike Live Oc­to­ber 28-29

Why? It’s one of the clas­sic events of the year, with a good chunk of cus­tom and retro bikes too. There are great old rac­ers, su­perb dis­plays and lots of eye and ear candy, but best of all for tin­ker­ers is the au­to­jum­ble and the trade stands. There’s huge po­ten­tial here to find the bits to start your next project, pick up that cov­eted piece of retro kit or even a whole bike. Take a car, or even a van. That way you can take your ‘bar­gains’ home. Buy a ran­dom frame that no-one can work out what it’s from, a Barry Sheene poster and a 1978 Bell hel­met. They will all be there, we prom­ise. Ride any­thing pre-1990 if pos­si­ble Costs £9 for an adult, pre-booked Con­tact www.clas­sicbike­live.co.uk

Live it big for a week­end! Glem­sec 101 Septem­ber 1-3

Why? A week­end of drag rac­ing, amaz­ing scenery, mu­sic and girls in polka­dot dresses. The Glem­sec unashamedly ticks ev­ery retro cliché but does it with class. Sit­u­ated on the Ger­many/france border, the event in­volves a cus­tom show, live mu­sic and a two-by-two sprint race. Take the other half, a tent, some earplugs and some Ibupro­fen. The party never re­ally stops at Glem­sec! Buy any­thing from a cus­tom bike to an­other patch for your demin waist­coat. Ride a cus­tomised BMW boxer twin. Long, low and re­ally loud please. Cost Week­end camp­ing is €20 and bud­get for about £500 for fer­ries, fuel food, drink­ing and all the other stuff. Con­tact www.glem­seck101.de

Cut through the UK! Malle Great Mile Aug 31 – Sept 3

Why? Be­cause it’s a bril­liant test of mo­tor­cy­cle for­ti­tude and a gen­tle­man’s stiff up­per-lip. A 72-hour, 1000-mile mo­tor­cy­cle rally that cuts through the UK, from the north­ern tip of Scot­land to the south­ern end of Corn­wall on mo­tor­cy­cles wholly in­ap­pro­pri­ate for the task.

There’s big road miles through amaz­ing scenery, wild camp­ing, a daily tri­als sec­tion, a beach race and a com­pet­i­tive hill­climb. It’s su­per-stylish too – Malle are a London-based, high­end lug­gage brand/fash­ion la­bel and every­thing will be slick and ul­tra-cool. Take as much or as lit­tle as you want – some rid­ers choose to be in multi-bike teams, oth­ers will go it alone with just a wing, a prayer and a re­ally big span­ner for com­pany. Buy some wa­ter­proof rid­ing jeans. You’ll live in them for the four days Costs from £460, which in­cludes event en­try, sup­port, four nights of camp­ing and food. Con­tact www.mal­lelon­don.com

Get shale in your pint! DTRA East­bourne Septem­ber 3

Why? We’ve al­ready rec­om­mended flat-track rac­ing as a great sport to com­pete in, but it’s also a great event to spec­tate at too. Spend some time look­ing at the bikes – they’re all works of art in their own ways and while some of the field is taken up by mod­ern 450s, there’s loads of old, heavy metal do­ing bat­tle too. Take a scep­ti­cal friend. They’ll be con­verted to retro rac­ing. Buy a warm hot-dog and equally warm pint of lager. It’s a world away from Sil­ver­stone’s Wing. Ride any­thing you like it, but a street scram­bler is the bike of choice – and some­thing you could race... one day. Costs noth­ing to get in. Con­tact www.dirt­track­rid­ers.co.uk

A bril­liant mix of ec­cen­tric bikes and even more ec­cen­tric bik­ers come out to play

Of course you need that spe­cial tool for a bike you don't own... yet.

Glam­sec is a booze-fu­elled party week­end for bik­ers

En­gage gear, dis­en­gage brain and you’re ready for the Malle

Flat-track sees all types of bikes go at it around a speed­way oval

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