National Motorcycle Museum “LIVE” OPEN DAY-SAT 05/11/16 Exciting Updates

Saturday 05/11/16 will see the museum host our 3rd annual free open day when everyone will be invited to visit the museum collection free of charge. There will also be a host of other free attractions including our amazing “stars on stage” feature which is presented in association with wheel builders to the museum, Central Wheel Components Ltd .

Below you will find all the latest updates about the event.

Meet The Experts: In attendance will be some of the museum’s specialist suppliers, craftsmen, and related personalities (including our own restoration team) who will be available to chat and answer questions. Also unveiled at the event will is an exciting new permanent display “the history of wheel building” presented by wheel builders to the museum, Central Wheel Components Ltd.


Meet the following-

The Museum Restoration Team.

Brian Crighton & Dave Hickman (Rotary Norton Race Machines).

Ivan Rhodes (Velocette Guru).

Fred Walmsley (2016 Goodwood Revival Winning Classic Race Tuner).

Les Williams, John Woodward, Arthur Jakeman & Norman Hyde (Triumph Race Shop).

Ken Sprayson (“The Frame Man”).

Central Wheel Components Ltd (Wheel Builders To The Museum).

Calibre Customs (Machine Painters To The Museum).

Redditch Shot Blasting (Machine Component Preparation & Coatings To The Museum).

Stars on Stage In Association With Central Wheel Components Ltd: Racing legends CARL FOGARTY MBE & JAMIE WHITHAM will again host two special FREE TO ENTER “stars on stage” features at 11.00am & 2.00pm


Held on the stage in the museum’s magnificent Britannia suite these free 1 hour chat shows will feature Carl & Jamie as well as other motorcycling personalities. Appearing courtesy of Phil Morris Racing two very special guests will include TT superstar IAN HUTCHINSON and Moto GP star & British Superbike front runner JAMES ELLISON. All our guest stars will also be making personal appearances to sign your favourite memorabilia. Motorcycle journalist and author Frank Melling will also be giving a talk on his life in bikes and his two recent autobiographies.

Our star riders will be “riding” & posting their fastest times our new Manx TT arcade machine! Can you beat them?


Full Star Rider line up now confirmed-

Carl Fogarty, Jamie Whitham, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, James Ellison, Maria Costello, John Cooper & Chris Vincent.


NEW FOR 2016!

Museum Live “Start Up” Feature: See & HEAR some of the most famous race machines in the world started up in our special LIVE START UP area. Bikes old and new will include the Hislop “White Charger” Rotary Norton, NVT Cosworth Challenge, Vincent “Super Nero” sprinter, the Phil Morris Racing owned 2012 ART GP12 Moto GP bike (ex-James Ellison), plus many others including genuine Moto GP Ducati’s and WSB/WSS machinery-not to be missed!



Just some of the guest machines that will be on display with a number being fired up as part of our new “Start Up” feature-

 2012 ART GP12 Moto GP (ex-James Ellison),1972 TZ700 Yamaha, 2003 Honda 1000 TT Superbike (ex- Ian Lougher), 1975 MV Agusta 500cc Triple,1969 Paton 500cc (ex-factory), 2012 Moto2 FTR (ex Ratthapark Wilairot), 2011 Moto2 FTR (ex- Karol Abrahams), 2008 Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP (ex-Casey Stoner Silverstone GP Winner), 2003 Ducati Desmosedici 990cc (ex- Troy Bayliss), 1963  Bianchi 498cc Twin(ex-factory) , 1996 Ducati 916 Old Spice BSB, 1996 Castrol Honda WSS (ex-James Toseland) , 2000 Vimto Honda SP1, 1969 Benelli 4Cyl.

Museum Bikes That You Can Hear “Fired Up”-

 Senior TT winning “White Charger” rotary Norton (ex-Steve Hislop) , NVT Cosworth Challenge, Vincent “Super Nero” sprinter.

Thanks to Phil Morris Racing, The Brackley Festival Of Motorcycling & Mike West Racing (amongst many others) for providing our guest machines.

Catering & entertainment: The Museum shop and restaurant will be open throughout the event. A wide variety of catering will be on offer including breakfast, lunch, a range of hot meals & snacks.


In addition to the museum restaurant, this year’s event will feature-

The Bracebridge Suite- Licensed bar with entertainment from jazz band “The Moonlight Trio”.

The Ballacraine Suite- New Food Hall with lots of great dishes freshly prepared by our chefs including our famous Katsu curry!

BBQ-There will also be a BBQ with lots of delicious favourites prepared by our own chefs.

To assist visitors, everyone arriving on site will be given a free timetable with a full list & timings of all the day’s exciting, free, events. This timetable will also be available to view on the event webpage-


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