Today the crew from Brackley Festival of Motorcycling were at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham hosting a Live 'Fire Up' as part of the Museum's open day.
We were delighted to have Freddie Spencer with us talking about the 1993 Honda NS500. A 3 cylinder V 2 stroke which kicks out 125 hpr. This bike belongs to Lloyd Dickinson who nurtured it back to working order for us to enjoy this afternoon. In its day these bikes won GP World Championships and Freddie the 'World Champion' was taking the throttle for old times sake.!!
Air Ambulance Donations top £100,000!
At the Air Ambulance home base at Coventry Airport, and despite appalling weather, Treasurer Roger Charlesworth, Gavin Alexander Crirtical Care Paramedic, Doctor Suzy Strokes, Chairman Dominic Copas and Jenny Conway Critical Care Paramedic braved the elements to make the donation. There were smiles all round as this contribution takes the total contributions to the Air Ambulance to over £100,000 since the Festival started.
Blood Bikers ‘Rosalind’ Steps into the Limelight.
Brackley Festival of Motorcycling concluded another successful year of charitable fund raising by purchasing ‘Rosalind’ - a new bike to help the Blood Bikers continue their amazing voluntary service to the general public.
Nigel Richardson, representing the Blood Bikers, met with Chairman Dominic Copas at Magdalen College School, who support the hosting of the Festival, to formerly receive the new bike.
Mr Richardson stated that the SERV OBN Blood Bikers were overwhelmed by this substantial donation of ‘Rosalind’ to their fleet and added that she will be a real asset to their work in helping those in need.
Brackley Bowls Club
Brackley Cricket Club
Dominic Copas, Chairman Brackley Festival of Motorcycling, passes a donation cheque to Keith Cartwright President of Brackley Cricket Club at their Annual Club Presentation Evening.
atharine House Hospice
Dominic Copas, Chairman Brackley Festival of Motorcycling, presents a donation cheque to Dean Harris , Fund Raising Assistant of Katharine House Hospice.
Since the great Norton years of the 1950s talented engineers have struggled to create a motorcycle that would stem the tide of,firstly Italian and then Japanese motorcycles that have dominated the road-racing World Championships.
With the collapse of the British Motorcycle industry in the 1970s it was left to a few talented and driven engineers to strive to resist the foreign onslaught. Men such as Colin Seeley, Don and Derek Rickman and Peter Williams turned their ingenuity to maximise the performance of existing machines, and they had considerable success during the 1970s. These attempts were however doomed to fail from the start because they relied on old technologies and engines. What was required was a new approach. Turn our backs on the aging engines conceived in the 1930s and invest in multi cylinder power which could be tamed by the likes of Colin Seeley and Peter Williams and thus create a competitive British Challenge .
The Major factories of the day had “put their foot in the Multi-cylinder water” in the early fifties but for their own reasons had decided against investment in this technology. Despite this there were men who believed that they could show the factories the way forward and they were determined to push ahead with their ideas against all the odds. The result of two of such men are here at Brackley Festival 2017.
The first is the Marsh MR4 racer from 1962. First conceived in 1954 Fred Marsh, an engineer at Harland and Wolff in Southampton was quite simply an engineering genius. Working in his shed he created over eight years a 4cylinder engine racer he believed could take on and beat the world. If he had been able to spend on development or had received backing from the reactionary British Industry he may well have been proved right.
But no investment came and despite a few track appearances in the 1962 and 1963 seasons this truly remarkable and valiant effort was allowed to die. This amazing machine is at the festival courtesy of an inspired restoration project undertaken by The National Motorcycle Museum, the undisputed home of the British Motorcycle Industry.
The bike was fired up in February this year but runs round the Brackley circuit will be the first time the bike has ventured out on-track for many years.
But the powers- that- be feared this innovative machine and disputes over actual engine displacement finally led to the end of development and a slow death of this fantastic British “World Beater”. The concept however lives on and a new road-going version is planned with the Crighton/Rotron CR700P at a late stage of development.
Again courtesy of the National Motorcycle Museum we have at Brackley 2017 is the ex Jim Mudie Duckhams Sponsored BSB machine, and many times a race winner
See and hear these brilliant, inspired, British machines and dream of “What might have been , if only “?????
Every day, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance are helping save more lives. Our critical care paramedics, trauma doctors and pilots fly an average of three rescue missions a day, giving people the very best chance of survival and recovery.
The Air Ambulance Service is one of only two totally independent air rescue providers in the UK; They receive no government funding and we provide three outstanding services (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and the Children’s Air Ambulance) entirely through the generosity of members of the public and the corporate sponsors.
Brackley Festival of Motorcycling and very proud of their strong association with the Air Ambulance. To date, the event has raised over a £100,000 for the air ambulance. Our charitable fundraising has always been a principal motivation for organising the Festival and knowing that we are helping to save lives makes all the time and effort given by the Committee and teams of supporters so worthwhile.
Many of us will have seen the air ambulance in action or know someone who has benefited from it. The Air Ambulance doesn’t receive any government funding, their life saving missions are fuels entirely by donations and volunteers.
Here are a couple of examples of the Air Ambulance at work;
Print manager Simon Glover is known as “the miracle man” to his friends and family
Less than a millimetre and the local air ambulance made the difference between life and death for him when he cut his throat with an angle grinder while doing DIY at his home in Northampton.
The dad of four was airlifted to hospital for emergency surgery by Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and within 22 minutes was receiving the medical care he urgently needed.
Simon, aged 50, of Grange Park, Northampton, said: “Telling people about how the air ambulance flew me to hospital made me realise what an important part it played in saving my life.
“If it hadn’t taken me to hospital so quickly and I was still in the back of a land ambulance when my lungs started to fill with blood then I hate to think what would have happened.”
It’s every parent’s nightmare. Daisy Rughoobeer, just seven years old, was on her way downstairs when she suddenly lost her footing and slipped, falling the rest of the way and hitting her head on the corner of a wooden radiator cover.
Daisy had sustained a serious laceration to her scalp. It was 8-10cm long and went all the way down to the skull.
They immediately rang 999. Within minutes, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was at the scene to provide help to little Daisy.
At the Air Ambulance home base at Coventry Airport, and despite appalling weather, Treasurer Roger Charlesworth, Gavin Alexander Crirtical Care Paramedic, Doctor Suzy Strokes, Chairman Dominic Copas and Jenny Conway Critical Care Paramedic braved the elements to make the donation.
The Brackley Festival of Motorcycling 2017 is going to be bigger and better than it has ever been.
There’s a new addition this year and it’s the custom village.
What’s a custom Village? Well, there will be trade stalls specific to the custom scene, the coffee & cake man in his Airstream trailer, the Gentlemen's lounge - chill out zone with sofas for your comfort, some top-class bike builders for you to talk to, and of course a custom motorcycle show featuring some unique and stunning pre-invited custom motorcycles. Alongside the pre-invited entries, the judges will be selecting 10 custom bikes which have been ridden-in on the day.
To make this happen we’ve joined forces with two big names in the UK custom bike scene, Twisted Iron who will be working is association with Sickboyz Customs.
Who are they?
Are you spending every spare minute in your shed or garage building your dream motorcycle? Twisted Iron is for those of us who have a vision of what they want to ride and then go and build it. It’s a community for like-minded shed dwellers!!
It’s run by Russell and Beverly Cort. Dyed in the wool bikers with a background in engineering and design. These two have been organising motorcycle events for the last 10 years, and have organised and run the ‘Oxford Distinguished Gentlemans Ride’ in September for the last 3 years.
Twisted Iron started 4 years ago with a Facebook page then a Custom Bike Event called ‘The Happening’. Their following quickly grew and the demand for regular meets increased. Twisted Iron responded by hosting a monthly bike meet at a place called ‘This Is Your Garage’ near Oxford, a very cool venue.
‘This Is Your Garage’ (TIYG), is a great place. It’s somewhere to meet like-minded car and bike enthusiasts and work on your own vehicle in fully kitted out work bays; there’s even a place to store your pride and joy.
If you’re looking for a community for bikers who share the same passion, no airs or graces, just decent guys and girls enjoying their bikes, give Twisted Iron a look. You won’t regret it.
‘The Happening’ 2017 is on 15th-16th September 2017, in a field at Mill Lane, Chalgrove. Oxon. OX44 7SL
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Sickboyz Customs are Wade (founder) and Jane (design and clothing) who together are a multi award winning custom motorcycle manufacturer. They can handle anything and everything, from one off custom fabricated builds to winter servicing, from building bespoke custom motorcycles to bolting on an air cleaner.
Sickboyz have been featured around the globe with articles in national media and have been fortunate enough to have had several front covers of some prominent Uk and European custom motorcycle magazine. Sickboyz Customs have also been featured on “The Motorbike Show” on ITV4 and are known for supporting the UK custom industry.
They have built a reputation for quality and value for money and with their clothing range people have really bought into the whole Sickboyz brand.