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Category: Events and Shows

  1. bike1066 events POSTPONED - Long Live the Mayday Run

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    LONG LIVE THE Mayday Run  - we will be back May 3rd 2021!

    It is with great regret that despite announcement of the easing of lockdown on July 4th large gatherings of people will still not be allowed and we have therefore taken the decision in consultation with all our stakeholders – Councils, police, NHS et al to POSTPONE all bike1066 events – Bexhill MotoFest July 26th (which we had already merged with August 15th), VJ Day Run August 15th (deferred from May Day / VE Day 2020) and Eastbourne BikeNites. We are restructuring for a return as the Mayday Run on May 3rd 2021 (subject to approval).

  2. Motorcycle Live in association with Bikesure Insurance postponed until 2021

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    Show organisers for Motorcycle Live regretfully announced today that following an extensive and detailed consultation period, it has been agreed to postpone this year’s show until 2021 with concern for public safety and the wellbeing of industry colleagues being central to the decision. 

    The following open letter has been issued from Managing Director of Motorcycle Live, Finlay McAllan:

    “Motorcycle Live is all about audience interaction, meeting with friends, climbing onto all the latest machines and trying on the all latest gear. Many of us use it as an annual pilgrimage to meet with friends and family and enjoy a great day out together. And it’s not just the public who join us each day – we, alongside our industry colleagues - look forward to the event every year too. Therefore, as you can imagine, the decision to postpone this year’s show has not been taken lightly. Our concern for the safety of our visitors, exhibitors and industry colleagues is at the heart of this decision.

    "As with any hard decision, we looked at it with a number of different perspectives and factored in various scenarios and restrictions that could be imposed. Running an event like Motorcycle Live under the COVID-19 related restrictions – such as adhering to social distancing requirements, restricting attendance numbers and dictating the direction of people around the hall – all ultimately would have impacted negatively on the experience of those attending and therefore the very essence of the show.

    "The whole of the Motorcycle Live team is extremely disappointed – as we’re sure that you are too – but rest assured we will continue working behind the scenes to deliver you a fantastic show in 2021. In the meantime, stay safe and look after each other.”  

    MCIA looks forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors to Motorcycle Live 2021 between 20th – 28th November.

  3. 2020 Shows update from the British Motor Museum

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    The British Motor Museum is well known for its extensive and diverse range of motoring shows, gatherings and rallies that normally take place over the summer months. Unfortunately with the continuing COVID-19 restrictions, the Museum has had to make further changes to this year’s show programme. 

    The intention of the Museum is, where possible, to postpone rather than cancel shows whilst consistently adhering to Government advice. The Museum is currently putting in place all the necessary measures and risk assessments to ensure that when it re-opens it has the safety of visitors and staff at the centre of everything it does. This information will all be available on its website prior to the Museum re-opening and any show taking place.

    So subject to COVID restrictions, the Museum is currently still planning for the Old Ford Rally to take place on 19 July and the Yakushi Car Club Meet on the new date of 26 July. A final decision about both events will be made by 17 June and published on their website and social media channels. The Gaydon Land Rover Show which was scheduled to take place on 9 - 10 May, has been moved to 1 - 2 August. The Classic & Vintage Commercial Show has been postponed from 13 & 14 June to 8 & 9 August.

    The National Metro & Mini Show and BMC & Leyland Show, which were planned for June and July will now take place on  6 September. Whilst the Retro Truck show is still scheduled for 12 & 13 September, Mogfest on 26 September, the Large Model Aircraft Show on 25 October and the Great British Model Railway Show on 7 & 8 November.

    Unfortunately a few of the shows have been cancelled but will return in 2021. These include the UK Slot Car Festival which would have taken place on 16 & 17 May, Ford Nationals on 28 June, TR Drivers on 12July, the MGF 25th Anniversary on 25 July, the Banbury Run on 16 August and the Buses Festival which was due to take place on 23 August. All the 2021 dates for these shows will be published on the Museums website as soon as they are confirmed.

    Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum stated “It is disappointing to have to make further changes to our show programme but wewould like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support. We hope that many of our visitors will still be able to join us when we can safely deliver our first-class shows”.

    Tickets for cancelled events will be refunded and processed over the next few weeks. For postponed events, all sold tickets will be valid for the new dates with refunds available on request.
    For ticket FAQs visit the website at
    To find out more about the British Motor Museum please visit the website at 

  4. Pandemic puts pay to Prescott Bike Festival

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    Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have to sadly announce that the DEVITT KICKBACK Custom Show has been postponed. The event was due to take place at the fabulous Prescott Bike Festival in July.

    We must observe the current official guidlines on mass gatherings and have made the difficult decision to postpone the KICKBACK / PRESCOTT event until 26-27th June 2021.

    We are looking closely at the lockdown situation and hope to be able stage an independent KICKBACK show in the late autumn.

  5. World’s first virtual adventure festival live in your living room amid the Corona virus lockdown in aid of NHS Charities Together

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    From the 24th-26th April 2020, The Sidecar Guys will be assembling top adventure legends such as Charley Boorman, Ted Simon and Steph Jeavons live into your living rooms, in the first ever virtual adventure festival – The Armchair Adventure Festival. With inspiring talks, panel discussions, workshops and the most exciting adventure films out there, it is not to be missed.

    Matt, one half of the world record breaking duo putting on the event, said, “The idea is to help the NHS fight this terrible virus by sitting in and telling tales of adventure. It keeps those of us on lockdown entertained and raises some cash for the heroes on the frontline too!”

    With top adventurers from the world of human powered challenges, on land and sea, and some of the worlds most famous adventure motorcyclists it promises to be a great event for a fantastic cause.

     ‘So looking forward to working with the Sidecar Guys on this virtual festival. During this wacky lockdown time, we all need some distractions. Hearing and seeing some of the worlds adventure riders will certainly go some way to brightening my day up that's for sure.’ - Billy Ward

    The Armchair Adventure Festival is completely free. Though attendees are welcome to make a voluntary donation to the NHS Charities Together fund when signing up to attend if they are in the position to. Those wishing to attend can secure a place and make a donation via

    The Armchair Adventure Festival is brought to you by The Sidecar Guys, Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes. In 2017, Matt and Reece set off on their around the world expedition and arrived back in the UK in 2019 as the first people to ever circumnavigate the globe on a scooter and sidecar. They now hold the Guinness World Record for the longest journey by scooter and sidecar. You can follow them and find out more via @TheSidecarGuys and