A sunny (but windy) weekend in leafy Gloucestershire was the perfect setting for this year’s Prescott Bike Festival on Sunday 12th April.
Taking place at the Bugatti Owners’ Club in Gotherington, the home of the renowned Prescott Hill Climb, the blustery conditions certainly didn’t spoil any of the fun, with a packed crowd keeping the venue and the merchandise stands buzzing throughout the day.
The Paddock was the place to be for bike fans, with over 100 eye-popping motorbikes on display, including a classic 1914 Triumph Roadster and fantastic specimens from the 1920s and 1930s, as well as rare modern classics and super cool Superbikes.
It was ideal conditions (well, dry at least!) for the hill climb itself, with a stream of marvellous machines hurtling up the hill as they have been doing since 1938. Not least the Flying Millyard, Allen Millyard’s crazy but beautiful (and gigantic) hand-built 5-litre V-twin engined superbike.
Carole Nash were there all day, enjoying the sun and chatting to fellow bike fans. We gave away loads of goodie bags and balloons, brought plenty of money-saving smiles to people’s faces with our on the spot insurance quotes, and attracted a lot of interest in our £250 prize draw giveaway.
Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty was on the Oily Rag stand most of the day, posing for selfies and fending off jokes about his time in the jungle. Darts champ Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham was another of the star celebs who got well into the spirit, posing for pics with bikes and bikers alike, along with nine-time British supermoto champion Chris Hodgson, Charley Boorman, Nick Sanders, David Hailwood and John Reynolds.
The bands kept the venue (and the punters) bouncing all day, and a death-defying display from the Dave Coates Stunt Show made one or two people wish they hadn’t gobbled down their early bird breakfasts so quickly!
Next year’s festival is already in the diary for April 10th 2016, with tickets going on sale in October. Not sure we can wait that long though!