‘Run the Hill’ at the Prescott Bike Festival

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If you’ve ever dreamt of a chance to ‘Run the Hill’ at the Bugatti Owners’ Club – the best hill climb course in the UK, in case you were wondering – then you may well get your chance in April, as long as you’re quick.

The opportunity to ‘Run the Hill’ is a massive draw for any biker, and it’s open to anyone who fulfills the requirements

On April 10, the first ever Prescott Bike Festival will be taking place at the Cheltenham racing venue which is home to La Vie en Bleu, the Vintage Sports Car Club Weekend and The Autumn Classic. Admittedly it’s normally devoted to cars, but for one day only bikes will rule the track. It’s expected to draw in huge crowds of motorcycle fanatics from across the country for an event that everyone is hoping won’t just be a one off.

The festival has been organised by Severn Freewheelers, which is part of NABB, the biking charity which plays a vital role in delivering urgent blood and organs for medical emergencies, so as well as a thrilling day out you’ll also be helping out a good cause.

Although there will be loads of great events taking place throughout the day, the number-one item on most fans’ lists is going to be the Prescott Speed Hill Climb. The opportunity to ‘Run the Hill’ is a massive draw for any biker, and it’s open to anyone who fulfills the requirements which include having a full driving licence, the correct protective clothing and full motorbike insurance.

Oh, and you’ll also want to be quick. There are only 200 spots available for a lucky few, so head to the sign-up page for full requirements and to book your place.

If you don’t get the chance to run the hill yourself, find a good spot and enjoy watching the pros work their magic as a number of professional riders are set to perform demonstration runs of the Hill. Riders making an appearance include Gary Mason, Chris Walker, John Reynolds, Jason O’Halloran and Ryuichi Kiyonari, so don’t miss the opportunity to chat to them about the season.

All the major manufacturers will also be represented, making it a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the latest models for 2011. But perhaps the main highlight apart from the ‘Run the Hill’ will be the charity auction.

The auction will provide a few lucky winners with prizes that really do live up to the ‘money can’t buy’ epithet. They include a VIP package for two for any BSB Championship this year complete with paddock entry and the chance to meet the riders; a tour of the Triumph factory in Hinkley which is not open to the public; a Mike Hailwood Kiddimoto replica complete with signature; and a VIP tour of the Rolls Royce Aero Engine factory.

On top of all that, there will also be helicopter rides, ‘Stunt Starz’ where stunt riders show off their stuff, classic and vintage bikes, live music from The Tantrics and Supanaut, a Formula One simulator and a fun fair.

The event opens at 8:30 and closes at 17:30, and there are a total of 8,000 tickets available from £4 each. You’ll have to be quick, especially if you want to ‘Run the Hill’, and remember that the requirements for the Hill include bike insurance. But if you decide to go then this is going to be a fantastic event which is all in support of an excellent cause, so book the date in your calendar for a great day out.


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