NMM Live Open Day

What could be better than a grand day out, surrounded by British classic bikes and motorcycling personalities? Well, how about a grand day out for FREE? That’s what you get at the National Motorcycle Museum’s LIVE event. Come on a bike and you don’t even pay to park – and you could even collect a RealClassic concours award as a bonus!

The NMM’s LIVE Open Day is on Saturday 27th October this year, when the normal admission charge of a tenner is waived. You have all day to browse the British bikes displayed in half a dozen halls; around 850 road, race and prototype motorcycles from 170 manufacturers, from the earliest pioneer machines to the most modern superbikes. On top of that, there’s a non-stop schedule of special events – easily enough going on to fill an entire day. Look out for:

The RealClassic Car-Park Concours. Our editor FrankW will choose his top three bikes from all the machines in the car park at noon, with prizes for the winners and a chance to be featured in the magazine
Indoor autojumble and trade stalls. All indoors in the warm and dry, offering spare parts, services, tools. clothing and more

Stars On Stage hosted by Steve Plater and featuring Norton riders John McGuinness, Trevor Nation and Mick Grant; Norton Motorcycles head honcho Stuart Garner and chief designer Simon Skinner
Meet The Experts including the NMM’s own restoration team, engine tuning experts, paint specialists and powder-coaters
Guided Tour of the museum halls, providing expert insight into the display bikes

Bikes Fired Up: see and hear famous racebikes being revved up, alongside Alan Millyard’s six-cylinder special
Artwork from Talana Gamah: original photo-perfect paintings, greeting cards, prints and a chance to chat to the artist in person

Wheel Building demonstrations hosted by Central Wheel Components
Book signing by Henry Cole
Memorabilia and more at the museum shop
Food court, lunchtime curry, barbecue, bar, live jazz band and café
Win An Interceptor: John McGuinness will draw the winning ticket so someone will win a 1969 Royal Enfield Interceptor Mk2 worth over £12k. Tickets are still available from 01675 444123

You’ll find the RC Roadshow alongside the trade stands, probably in the Compton Suite. Stop by to say hello, browse the back issues, buy a binder or a T-shirt and see whether your classic has won a concours award – we’ll have the winners’ details on the stand from 1pm. See you there!

TIME IT RIGHT
Here are the highlights of what’s happening when, so you don’t miss the most important moments:-
9.45: Racebike rev-up in the fountain courtyard
10am: Meet John McGuinness, Mick Grant, Trevor Nation and Steve Plater in the foyer area
10am: Meet Stuart Garner and Simon Skinner of Norton Motorcycles in the Manxman suite
10.30: Meet Henry Cole plus roadrace legends John ‘Mooneyes’ Cooper and Alex George in the foyer area
10.30: Guided tour, starts at the admissions desk in the foyer
10.30: Racebike rev-up in the fountain courtyard
10.30: Meet Goodwood revival winner and engine tuner Fred Walmsley in Hall Five
11am: Stars On Stage with John McGuinness, Trevor Nation, Mick Grant, Stuart Garner and Simon Skinner in the Britannia Suite
Noon: FrankW judges the RC Car-Park Concours
1.30: Meet the museum’s restoration team in the foyer area
2pm: Meet military motorcycle expert and restorer John Moore in Hall Three
2pm: Stars On Stage with John McGuinness, Trevor Nation, Mick Grant, Stuart Garner and Simon Skinner PLUS the raffle draw to award a Royal Enfield Interceptor in the Britannia Suite
2.30: Meet Brian Crighton, Norton rotary racebike development engineer, in Hall Five
3.15: Meet Henry Cole plus roadrace legends John ‘Mooneyes’ Cooper and Alex George in the foyer area
3.15: Racebike rev-up in the fountain courtyard
3.30: Meet John McGuinness, Mick Grant, Trevor Nation and Steve Plater in the foyer area
4pm: Racebike rev-up in the fountain courtyard

This schedule is of course subject to minor alterations on the day, so check the details when you arrive. If you come by car, remember to pay for your parking!

WHAT: Museum Live
WHEN:
Saturday 27th October 2018
WHERE: The National Motorcycle Museum, Bickenhill, B92 0EJ
OPENS: 8.30am to 5.30pm
ADMISSION: Free
PARKING: Free for bikes, £5 per car
INFO: thenmm.co.uk

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