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'No better way to spend Sunday for petrolheads'

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

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The 2013 Prescott Bike Festival is gearing up to the biggest and best.

As an event to raise awareness and funds for the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and one of its member groups, Severn Freewheelers, the first annual festival in 2011 attracted in excess of 5,500 visitors and raised more than £52,000 for charities.

The 2012 version attracted more exhibitors, had even better displays, was visited by more celebrities and raised more money for charities.

MotoGP commentator, Steve Parrish, said: "I had a really great day at the Prescott Bike Festival.

"I was like a kid in a sweet shop with other like-minded petrol-heads. Riding a 220mph grand prix Ducati up a hill that I hadn't seen before certainly got my attention.

"Then I was given the keys to a new Morgan three-wheeler to take prize winners for a run.

"I can think of no better way to spend a Sunday."

The 2013 festival will build on the success of the previous years by introducing a number of new features.

These include a 'Happy Hour', an hour of activity on the hill featuring rare race machinery and factory bikes – in fact, anything that's special, different, rare or exotic.

Every entry to Happy Hour will Run the Hill and buying a ticket in advance (hurry, they're selling fast) will also enable spectators to ride famous hill climb once in the morning and then again in the afternoon.

Festival organiser Gordon Downie said: "Obviously the unique opportunity to ride the hill is a major attraction, but the Prescott Bike Festival promises so much more.

"With all major motorcycle manufacturers in attendance, fans will get the chance to see all the major models up close and personal, a host of trade stands as well as famous racers and great lunchtime entertainment too.

"The festival really is set to offer something for every motorcycle fan."

Other features of the festival include:

● Dealer stands from the likes of Ducati, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Enfield, Triumph, AJP, Harley, Victory, BMW and KTM.

● Demonstrations throughout the day by 10-time British Trials Champion, Steve Saunders.

● A demonstration of the exciting new motorcycle sport Moto Gymkhana.

● An opportunity to meet celebrities including local racer, Scott Redding (the youngest rider to win a Grand Prix), Nick Sanders (who has motorcycled around the world seven times) and Chris Hodgson (current British Supermoto Champion)

● Thrilling passenger experiences on a variety of machinery

● Ducati Sporting Club's Desmo Due one-make race series displays.

● The Classic 50cc Racing Club – 50cc racing machines and their riders from the early beginnings around 1953, through the classic period and up to the time when the class was dropped from GPs in 1983.

● Musical entertainment will include rock band, East of the Sun, and (returning by popular demand), 1950s inspired rockabilly, rock n roll and R&B band Josie and the Outlaw.

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  • agent006  |  February 22 2013, 9:17AM

    It's on April 7th. I wonder when TiG are going to start paying us to be their sub-editors.

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