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This is only the second time we have been to the Barnsley Motorcycle Festival held at Wombwell Kart Track, but without doubt it must be the best value day out that we have, bar none.
Spectator entry – £2.50; Show entry (which entitles you to x2 20min track sessions) £5.00 in advance £7.50 on the day.
Tea/Coffee – 50p; Burger in a bap – £2.00, with cheese and onions £2.10! Yes, a whole, extra ten pence for cheese and proper fried onions on your burger, beat that!
Classes for the Static Bike trophies included: Scooters and up to 200cc; pre-1960’s; 1960’s; 1970’s; 1980’s; 1990’s; 2000 onwards.
It’s brilliant spectating with all the different aged bikes showing themselves out on the track and of course what we all want is to listen to them, the BSAs, Triumphs, Ducatis and more, and above all the strokers and the smell of Castrol R.
Isn’t that just the greatest aroma ever. Just watch the crowd sniff the air after a two-stroke has screamed passed.
The event is held at a kart track so it’s not full-on; it’s also classed as a parade not racing, but that doesn’t mean the entrants don’t have any fun, they do, as several did, you just have to be respectful of others out on the track with you, which they were.
Organised and staffed by members of the Barnsley Bikers Club, the Festival is a popular event, well run and has that friendly feel that Barnsley folk provide.
When we say it’s popular, it is, but it’s bikers and their families that attend, unlike say Thundersprint, Northwich where the event’s success has spoiled it for many i.e. all the push chairs, candy floss, fun-fair and the folk that go with them.
No, the Barnsley Motorcycle Festival is still a real event, non-pretentious and non-corporate, just like Barnsley folk. Long may it continue.