Bike fest to roar into Rugby on Sunday

Dave Baughan NNL-141205-101831001
Dave Baughan NNL-141205-101831001

Rugby town centre will echo to the sound of motorbikes and music this Sunday as the first ‘Rugby Bikefest’ rides into town.

The festival organised by Rugby First, in conjunction with local motorcycling groups, businesses and organisations, will take place in Market Place, High Street and Sheep Street between 10.30am and 3pm.

The free family festival includes a ‘ride-in’, displays of vintage and modern bikes, stalls, children’s activities, music and food – something to keep everyone’s engines purring, bike enthusiast or not!

In addition to a great display of old and new bikes we have some very special guests including the Coventry Bees Speedway team riders and bikes, a motorcycle hearse, and Dave Baughan, British Street Bike Champion in 1991 and six times winner of the Bulldog Bash. Dave will be bringing along his Katana 1400 Turbo drag bike which covers over a quarter mile in 9.3 seconds.

In addition to the bikes there will be music, food and children’s activities, including quad bikes, the unrideable bike, face painting and a bouncy castle. Music during the day is being provided by The Vault and will see performances from Banned, Blank Paradigm, Morningstar, The Rattletones, Keltik Fish, Hollie Aires, Go Primitive, Dead Frequency and Spitfire. Bands will be on stage from 11am onwards.

If you want to hear the bikes engines roar you’ll need to be in the town centre for just after 10am as the ‘ride-in’ rumbles into town. On board a Trike will be the Mayor of Rugby and local MP Mark Pawsey. If you have a bike and want to be part of this very special event please visit our website, Facebook page or call the number below. Bikes will be meeting at The Bell in Hillmorton from 9am (breakfast available) onwards.

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First managing director said: “This is the first year of the Rugby Bikefest and there has been a lot of interest in the event, both locally and regionally. For many bike riders it will be their first visit to the town so it gives us a real opportunity to showcase Rugby’s amenities and attractions. I would encourage anyone – bike lover or not – to come along and enjoy a great day out.”

The festival is funded through Warwickshire County Council’s Operation Footfall Campaign and supported by Rugby First, Rugby Borough Council, local businesses, bike groups, clubs and organisations.