It’s all revving up at MotoFest Coventry as bikes get set to lead the festival weekend
It will be two wheels leading the charge at this year’s Power Maxed Motofest Coventry with a ride in from the historic Coombe Abbey Hotel – Brinklow Road, Coventry – onto the main sprint circuit, where a parade lap for all the bikes taking part will take place.
Organisers are looking to exceed last year’s ride out numbers, with plans to have between 500 and 1,000 bikes involved – there is no need to register, just turn up on the day – fin what is expected to be a spectacular start to the 2019 festival.
There will also be demonstration displays from an array of competition and sports bikes on the unique city centre sprint circuit.
Among the highlights of the ex-race bikes running on circuit are the former Forward Team Racing CRT Moto GP bikes from the 2013 championship, ridden respectively by Colin Edwards and Claudio Corsi, during that season.
A representation of race bikes from Team Classic Suzuki incluiding Kevin Schwantz’s RGV500 and one of Micheal Dunlop’s TT winning bikes.
The three iconic race bikes will be ridden in demonstration laps on the Coventry ring road circuit by Nathan Colombi, who regularly rides the machines at events all around the world.
All three bikes form part of the impressive Team Classic Suzuki collection of 70s, 80s and 90s Suzuki Grand Prix race bikes owned by Northamptonshire businessman Steve Wheatman, with the collection providing one of the foremost attractions on the international classic motorcycle scene.
There will also be a large number of classic and vintage bikes running on the circuit, including a special set of bikes with a ‘Built in Coventry theme , all pre-war and including a 1919 Triumph model H set to to take the GT Radial sprint circuit a 100 years after it was built in the city
The Triumph model H was made at the Triumph works on Priory street. During the Great War of 1914/18 approx 20,000 of these bikes were supplied to the armed forces , many were used by the despatch riders who gave them the name of “ Trusty Triumphs “.
The bike running at MotoFest is still used on VMCC events and completed the Coventry to Brighton run a few years ago.
Darren Langeveld, Coventry MotoFest Race Director, said: “The bikes at MotoFest just get bigger, better and louder every year and for this year’s event we have an incredible line-up of two wheeled action.
“We have a real good mix for this year with plenty of ex-race and competition bikes, classic and vintage machinery and the ride in, at which we anticipate having near to a thousand bikes involved in what is set to be a spectacular start to the whole event.
“With dedicated bike village also returning for this year with an array of bikes on display, Its all revving up to be another incredible event. We look forward to going full throttle across the festival weekend.”
Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry is a two-day festival dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage.
As the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK, it brings live motorsport, including official championship rounds of various race series, classic and performance vehicles, and the cutting edge of automotive innovation right into the heart of the UK’s Motor City, free for everyone to enjoy across the weekend. For more details visit www.coventrymotofest.com.