Some of the bikers heading for Brackley Festival of Motorcycling on Sunday 14th August will start from Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and Airfield. In doing so they will raise money for the air ambulances operating in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Warwickshire.
Paul Atkin, General Manager for Business Development at Bruntingthorpe, is hoping the Ride-In event will provide an interesting start for the mission to raise funds. “We’ve allowed free access to this short event because the riders are supporting a charity for which we have great admiration and respect. Indeed, we have a history of raising funds for the local air ambulance. The main event on 14th August is some 40 miles away at Brackley. What we will be providing is a very short, but hopefully enjoyable, start for their ride to Brackley, which will be escorted by police motorcyclists.”
For just £10 a head – all of which goes to Air Ambulance funds – riders will be able to view some of the historic aircraft in Bruntingthorpe’s Cold War Collection before setting off to Brackley, via the proving ground circuit, with their boys-in-blue escorts.
Brackley Festival of Motorcycling began in 2008 with one man’s dream of a motorcycle meet in the town centre. The dream was of a few bikers and a few towns folk gathering in a town-centre car park to share in their common interest of motorcycles.
The reality was very different. After lots of hard work, enthusiasm and support from an army of volunteers, Brackley Festival of Motorcycling was born using the whole town centre and the adjacent school sports field. The site covers more than 50 acres, with every kind of motorcycle sport and leisure activity represented. It is the largest event of its type in the UK and is run on a not-for-profit basis. All proceeds (less running costs) go to charities, the main one being Warkwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.