Piston-heads flood the town in noise, smoke, and good fun


Pictures by Jamie Gray


For its 6th year running, the Rugby BikeFest has always had the sun on its back. The annual celebration of motorcycles and engines has been breaking records year on year, and this year was no exception. The biggest yet, thousands of families and individuals from Rugby and other towns nearby made their way into the town centre to discover a unique family event.

The day starts with the ‘ride in’, where hundreds of two and three-wheeled motorbikes roar towards town from Crick, through Hillmorton and up into the town centre. Traditionally lead by the new mayor of Rugby, Cllr Tom Mahoney was pillion.

From then on it’s a full-throttled day of entertainment, stalls, food, music, and letting the hair down from beneath the helmets.

Split into sections the town has various events laid on. There was a fun fair setup behind Barclays Bank, music and stalls outside Mr Robinson’s Barber Shop, the main stage in Market Place, family events in St Andrews Church Gardens, a simulator along North Street (though I didn’t observer this working), and Caldecott Park hosted up and coming musicians on the Big Help stage.

One part which probably could introduce more thrill to the day would be a live demonstration arena or even the chance to see wheelies and stunts performed in closed-off sections. For a small charity donation you could be sat on the back of a bike doing a few laps of The Benn Hall car park?! The Brackley Festival of Motoring does something similar to this. Maybe something which could be rethought at future meetings?

Without doubt this was the biggest and best so far and with the luck of the weather, it has every chance to smash the records once again next year.

Pharmasea outside barbecue

Gloria and Lil’s offer a culinary alternative to the chip and burger vans

Courthouse Band

Caldecott Park



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