It all began in 2008 with one man's dream of a "Brackley motorcycle meeting" in the Town centre
It all began in 2008 with one man's dream of a "Brackley motorcycle meeting" in the Town centre. The dream - a few bikers with their bikes and perhaps a few towns people meeting together with a common interest in motorcycles, maybe using the town centre car park. The reality was very different - after lots of hard work, enthusiasm and support from the army of volunteers the "Brackley Festival of Motorcycling" was born using the whole town centre and the adjacent school sports field, a site covering in excess of 50 acres, with every kind of motorcycle sport and leisure activity represented.
The Festival has grown, year on year to be the largest event of its type in the UK achieving national status.
The event runs on a "not for profit" basis, by a dedicated team of volunteers. All proceeds net of running costs go to Charity. Yearly our main charity is the Warks and Northants Air Ambulance and each year we add one or two local charities to benefit Brackley.
On the day we close the High Street and use the road as a display and parade arena, making this Festival unique in the UK.
The incredible atmosphere created by these machines has proved a real winner. The High Street is also home to the BSB race team exhibits, manufacturers, trades and food outlets.
Also on the High Street we have had +70 pukka road racers with both classic and modern MotoGP bikes, we also have owners clubs and custom show plus parades.
The main arena is on the field which is use for display and stunt teams. Year on year the range of displays in this area has expanded to included demonstrations of every off road activity. The field also hosts the funfair, the wall of death, trade stands, owners club static displays, rock bands and a food and drinks court.
For 2018 the price for a wristband is £10.00 which includes entry to the Festival Site, Classic paddock entry and an event programme. Under 16’s free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Don't forget, the BFoM is run by volunteers with the proceeds all going to charity. The event raises a huge amount of money for some great causes and the event has raised over £100,000 for the air ambulance over the last 9 years. We are very proud to have also donated a brand new Yamaha FJR to the blood bikers. The bike has been called Rosalind who is currently supporting the voluntary service and general public every day.
The wristband entitles you to entry to the main fields which is where you will find the Scamblers and Trials area as well as the food courts, fun fair, trade stands, displays, live action arena, activities, manufacturers displays and much, much more. Keep an eye out on the 'What's on' section of the website for more details.
You will be able to purchase wristband at paypoints placed on the High Street and the MCS entrance.
For anyone wanting to gain pedestrian access to the High Street, but not wanting to visit the Festival, should speak to the Security Marshal at the gates.
"I had a great time as did the friend I was riding with. We will both be registering for next year and have mentioned it to several people already via social media and in person.
I have to say it was an incredibly well organised event and the festival was also well worth the ride down to Brackley.”
"What an event!"
- William Morgan Group
"Brackley Festival, it’s the Monaco of Motorcycling."
- h&h Classics
"Just wanted to say again what a great day yesterday was – you all did a fantastic job and again, I didn’t see a single miserable volunteer – they all worked their butts off with smiles so well done to them too."
"Thank you for another excellent Brackley Bike Day! Loads of people! More than I remember from previous years, everyone saying how much there was to see and enjoy. A greatly successful day gaining membership for our club. You even fixed the weather!"
- Honda Owners Club
"Just a quick note to say thank you for a great day 😊 you and the rest of the team did a fantastic job! We'll be back next year if you'll have us and save us the same spot 😊"
- midlife classics
Festival a roaring success
Vast crowds of families and bikers alike enjoyed again the unique spectacle that is Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. After a year of concerted effort the Committee were thrilled that so many from near and far had come to revel in the vast array of attractions that made this the biggest and best show to date. The Committee would like to extend a hearty and sincere 'Thank you' to all the riders, performers, exhibitors, clubs, charities, the Town, District and County Councils and the local business community for their effort and support to create this memorable day. A debt of gratitude is also owed to the team of volunteers who worked tirelessly before, during and after the event to ensure it ran smoothly and efficiently. 'Our Sunday' will certainly be one to remember in the coming months and an inspiration for the next Brackley Festival of Motorcycling.
Dominic Copas Chairman
Call for photographers
If you want to be part of the photography, film or media team at BFoM 2018 please make sure you email us at brackleyfom@gmail with your contact details (including email) by close of play Friday 29th July. If you have an interest in a particular area of the event - field, high street, paddock, fun fair, people or general, please let us know as this will help us to ensure all areas are covered.