June 15th saw the arrival of the eagerly anticipated Prescott Festival of
The weather played its games on the congregation on Saturday which made for a damp and dreary arrival to the trade paddock where Superior Motorcycle Experiences were based. Bikes of all shapes and sizes made their way past us as the day drew out.
With the addition of ‘kickback’ (custom motorcycle exhibition) to the program of events, the custom curiosities of the motorcycle world were out in force and a sight to behold. If that wasn’t enough the hill climb program had meant that a totally opposing style of
As the paddock filled and the warm-up of vintage two-strokes and big bore British iron began, the team were all too tempted, and closed up the display tent early and go take a look. The bikes were a wonder to behold with a highly engineered remodel of everything you could imagine. Trackers, drag bikes and mono wheels made up some of the more unexpected entries.
Through the rain and grey skies of Saturday, the hardy and committed enthusiasts visited the tent to chat about the reclusive
The drive over to the iconic Prescott venue promised good things, clear skies and dry roads were to be the flavour of the morning. The sun sparkled off the Brough Superiors as they were rolled out into the morning light, a sense anticipation for another enjoyable (hopefully sunny) day filled the air.
8.30 saw the opening of the track for riders to take a look and learn the curves and quirks of the layout. 9am was rider briefing and the day’s runs began at 9.30 with Allen Millyard heading up the charge on his Honda 6. The soundtrack to Sunday was nailed down by track one the RC374 6 cylinder two-
Many of the crowd had extensive knowledge of the bike and were pointing out details to one another. The time was flying by and the SME race slot was rapidly approaching. James, our ride-leader (and occasional event racer!) began pulling on his boots and fitting his knee protection to his ugly bros jeans before realising that the sky had turned grey. Before he had the chance to finish setting up, the Brough’s were being wheeled back into the tent and out of the now driving rain shower. It was hard to tell which looked more deflated; James or
Regardless of the diminished conditions, the racers pulled up to the line where the legendary “Dave” was setting them off. It was great to share the noise and torque of the Brough with the captive audience spanning the
Steve Parrish had appeared on the stand earlier in the weekend and quietly requests a run on the bike so shortly after the fisrt run, he was sought out for a ride. No such care was taken by the veteran racer. A one-handed burnout on the start grid was a fair indication of things to come. A spirited exit off the line and Steve and the one-careful-owner Brough Superior disappeared from view. Steve returned to the paddock smiling with good reviews of the bike and its handling.
The SME tried to take note of his feedback but were mainly focused on returning my heart-rates to