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Prescott Bike Festival 2019 review

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Custom crowd-pleasers at the Prescott Bike Festival 2019

When Prescott Bike Festival 2019 returned to Cheltenham over the Father’s Day weekend, dads turned out in their droves to celebrate with their pride and joy: their beloved bikes, of course.

It wasn’t just fathers out in force for a weekend packed with belting bikes and live action racing, though – crowds of bike enthusiasts descended from near and far to enjoy two days filed with fun for all the family.

The Carole Nash team was on hand for the event over June 15 and 16 and it certainly was a weekend to remember, with custom and factory bikes to admire around every corner, as well as shed builds, adrenaline-fuelled track action and plenty more to keep everyone entertained.

Contemporary and classic custom creations

Saturday was preview day, bringing together bike enthusiasts from up and down the country to show off their custom creations and have them judged for the Custom Championships, presided over by a panel of experts – including racing broadcaster Steve ‘Stavros’ Parrish.

On Sunday, the main show day, there was lots of live action on the track in addition to paddock specials, passenger experiences and a bumper bevy of bikes to drool over, from one-off unique builds to racing machines.

Attracting a lot of attention was exhibitor Allen Millyard, who attended with five of his creations – including a 1930s-inspired Velocette V-twin and the award-winning 4894cc ‘Flying Millyard’. World record-holder Zef Eisenberg, meanwhile, brought along his amazing Mad Max jet engine bike, which was a major talking point.

Brand new for 2019 was the National Custom Show, Kickback – an undercover showcase of contemporary and classic custom bikes. The lucky winners of the Custom Championships were also announced.

What’s that coming over the hill?

There was no shortage of live entertainment over the weekend, but the highlight of Prescott Bike Festival 2019 was undoubtedly the famously frantic free-for-all, the Gloucestershire hill climb.

The Run the Hill event never fails to impress and this year’s instalment was no exception. More than 200 challengers took part in (and on) a variety of machines – including one brave soul who attempted the event atop a mini moto!

Off-road, there was plenty of opportunity to pick up some biking bargains from more than 100 exhibitors over in the Trader Zone, while the younger visitors were kept busy over in the Kids Zone.

Carole Nash at the Prescott Bike Festival 2019

The Carole Nash team was delighted to attend the 2019 Prescott Bike Festival in the stunning Cheltenham surroundings – and the bikes were pretty easy on the eyes, too.

There were models of all shapes, sizes and styles on display, with all kinds of cool and quirky creations attracting attention in the Custom Championships. Run the Hill was an unmissable highlight, being equal parts impressive and amusing, with machines from the sublime to the ridiculous taking part.

We welcomed lots of visitors to our stand over the weekend and our insurance specialists posed for selfies, answered bikers’ burning questions and armed guests with goody bags galore.

The best bit is that it was all for a good cause – Prescott Bike Festival supports the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, and all proceeds from the weekend were donated to the charity. Here’s to next year’s instalment!

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