A ride out from an historic hotel to officially start the festival and a trio of race bikes associated with motor cycle racing legends are among the two wheel highlights at Power Maxed Coventry Motofest.
It will be two wheels leading the charge at this year’s Power Maxed Motofest Coventry with a ride-out from Coombe Abbey Hotel to the Toyo Tires sprint circuit, including a parade lap for all the bikes taking part, set to officially open this year’s event.
Bikers taking part in the ride-out – there is no need to register, just turn up on the day – will meet at 8am at Coombe Abbey Hotel, in Brinklow Road, Coventry.
They will set off at 9am along a 13 mile route through the Warwickshire countryside and finish up with the lap of the circuit and then park up at the official Power Maxed Motofest Coventry bike village.
Following on from the ride-out, a further highlight for motorcycle enthusiasts will see the Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000, ridden in 2106’s British Superbike Championship by Tommy Bridewell, run on Sunday on the circuit.
The superbike will sport the special commemorative Barry Sheene livery worn for the BSB round at Brands Hatch in 2016 to mark the 40th anniversary of the motorcycling legend’s first 500cc world title.
The GSX-R1000 will run in a red, black and white colour scheme reminiscent of the Heron Suzuki RG500s that Sheene raced in 1976 and 1977 to 500cc Grand Prix world titles.
It will be joined at the event on Sunday as a display bike by the Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki RGV500 that Kenny Roberts Jr. used in 2000 to win the 500cc World Championship.
A further display bike will be Kevin Schwantz’s 1993 Moto GP Championship winning RGV500, clad in the Lucky Strike livery that it ran in during its victorious championship year,
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.
This year will also see a dedicated bike village with the Get On ride and try experience, Wall of Death, DynABike and displays from classic bike clubs, a street food village and of course the regular food & drink retailers.
Darren Langeveld, Power Maxed Coventry Motofest Race Director, said: “The motorbike section of the festival gets bigger and better every year and it’s fantastic that this year that the bikers will officially start the festival weekend with the ride-out.
“We would also like to thank both Steve Wheatman, Nathan Colombi and Paul Cooper for giving us the opportunity to run these renowned championship winning bikes associated with such true motor cycle racing legends.
“It’s set to be another thrilling year for our two wheel fans and we look forward to seeing all the bikes out on the Toyo Tires circuit and on display this year.”
Power Maxed Motofest Coventry is a two-day festival dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage, which this year takes place on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June.
There will be a range of automotive activities taking place from pop-up and demonstration events to static displays and fringe events at Power Maxed Motofest Coventry, now the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK.