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Details of Museum “LIVE” 30th Anniversary FREE Open day announced

This year the National Motorcycle Museum is celebrating 30 years since first opening to the public which will cumulate with a huge free “Museum Live” open day on Saturday 01/11/14.

The weekend will start on the evening of Friday 31/10/14 when the Museum will host Steve Parrish for an evening of outrageous tales as part of his 2014 M.A.D tour.

Utilizing both the Museum and our extensive conference facilities Saturday 01/11/14 will see the National Motorcycle Museum host a huge free open day when we will throw open the doors of the Museum and everyone will be invited to visit the Museum collection free of charge. 

Not only that but there will be a host of other free attractions including a series of amazing “stars on stage” events featuring the bikes, the stars and the people behind it all!

Museum Director James Hewing commented “utilizing our conference venue that adjoins the Museum we are planning a huge celebration event in some of the most prestigious surroundings you can imagine. We want to thank everyone that has supported us over the last three decades with an amazing free event for all the family to enjoy”.

30th Anniversary Celebration Museum Live Timetable.

Friday 31/10/14.

Steve Parrish M.A.D tour: The Museum will host a date of Steve Parrish’s M.A.D tour which will include free Museum entry on Friday 31/10/14 for those purchasing a M.A.D tour admission ticket. Tickets can be purchased by calling (0121) 704 2784 or on-line from

Saturday 01/11/14

Free Museum Entry: Everyone will be invited to visit the museum collection, free-of-charge, to celebrate our successes over the last thirty years. The day will also include free guided tours! To assist visitors everyone arriving on site will be given a free timetable with a full list & timings of all the day’s events!

Indoor Autojumble: The event will feature a large indoor autojumble held within the warm & dry surroundings of the National Motorcycle Museum’s conference facilities. For details of how to book a 6ft pitch for just £20.00 contact Steve or George on (0121) 704 2784 or e-mail

Stars on Stage & Live Race Bike Fire Up’s!

Steve Parrish will be your host when we present four “stars on stage” features throughout Saturday 1st November. Held on the stage of the Museum’s magnificent Imperial suite (featuring the mighty Wurlitzer organ!) these free 45 minute chat shows will include not only the star riders but we will also be firing up the machines that made them famous! Of even more interest to visitors will be the fact that these talks will also feature the men behind the scenes such as some of the original factory mechanics. The four features will be-

The Norton Rotary Years- (Including Brian Crighton, Trevor Nation & Ian Simpson.)

Slippery Sam- (Including Mick Grant, Les Williams, John Woodward & Norman Hyde.)

Norton 750 Racers & the NVT Challenge- (Including Phil Read, Mick Grant & Norman White)

The TT machines- (Including John McGuinness, John Cooper, Norton’s Stuart Garner & Ken Sprayson).

Plus more star names to be announced!

Museum Partners & Trade Displays: Throughout the day we will have special feature “tables” showcasing some of the specialist suppliers & craftsmen (including the Museum’s own restoration team) who will be available to chat and answer questions. The event will also feature trade stands & displays from many well-known names including Bonham’s Auctioneers, Footman James Insurance brokers and Norton Motorcycles.

Motorcycle “Try a Bike” Training: Wheels Motorcycle Training will be giving visitors the chance to “try a bike” free of charge during Saturday 01/11/14. Everyone from just 16 years of age will have the opportunity to learn to ride in a controlled environment. Because of this features popularity you can pre-book by contacting Wheels Motorcycle Training on

0121 328 9906 or e-mail

Photo Studio: We will be offering every road racing fan a dream opportunity to have their picture taken astride the iconic 2002 Senior TT Winning Rotary Norton “The White Charger”. There will be a nominal cost of just £2.50 for an A4 print that will be printed off to take away immediately.

Celebratory Book Signings: Phil Read, Ken Sprayson, Norman Hyde and other motorcycling personalities will be available to sign copies of their books in the Museum shop during the event.

Wheelie Machine: Learn how to pull that “big wheelie” in safety on the Extreme Wheelie Simulator (charge for attraction will apply).

Museum Shop & Restaurant: The Museum shop and restaurant will be open throughout the day serving breakfast, lunch & a range of hot meals & snacks.

Plus the draw for the best classic motorcycle raffle prize in the world!

Our special anniversary raffle to win a 1951 Vincent Series C Rapide worth £35,000 will be drawn by one of our celebrity guests live on stage during the afternoon of the Museum’s open day event on 01/11/14.

There’s still time to enter to win this beautiful matching numbers Vincent with raffle tickets available to purchase on-line from or by calling the Museum on 01675 444140


Notes to editors

The National Motorcycle Museum

Conveniently located in the heart of the Midlands Transport Network, with Birmingham  international railway station just a five-minute taxi ride away. At over 1000 machines the National Motorcycle Museum is not only the largest collection of British Motorcycles in the World but also an award-winning venue with conferencing and events facilities. The conference centre has 13 purpose built suites available, including the Wardroom, seating small parties of up to 20 guests, and the Imperial Suite which can host 1000.


Address: The National Motorcycle, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EJ

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