The Festival of 1000 Bikes will not take place this year, as the Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC) has decided to scrap the event after months of turmoil and speculation at the Mallory Park racing circuit, the VMCC said in a press release.
It was unclear whether the VMCC would have enough time to organise the event because the winter months were lost due to the fact that Mallory Park entered administration at the end of 2013 when the new operator, Real Motor Sport Ltd, assumed control over the racing circuit.
VMCC says that even though it has a date for the British Historic Racing (BHR), the club is not confident in delivering the Festival of 1000 Bikes event with the amount of time remaining.
The event has been very popular over the past years, seeing large number of attendees which have included some of the most prominent names in motorsport, such as Barry Sheene, Carl Fogarty, Freddie Spencer, Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts Senior, Kevin Schwantz and Phil Read.
In its statement, the VMCC apologised to all members of its club and to the enthusiasts who were looking forward to the event. The Festival of 1000 Bikes is one of the premier events in motorcycling and the VMCC will not proceed to organisation since it is not certain of its ability to offer a high quality event, the club states.
The VMCC is hoping that the Festival of 1000 Bikes will return to Mallory Park next year and is looking forward to seeing all VMCC members along with the bike enthusiasts who make the event unique. The VMCC will notify fans in advance for the Festival of 1000 Bikes for next year.