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Historic motorcycles hit the road for the 66th Banbury Run

Father and son Steve and James (11) from Suffolk on their 1920 Scots Squirrel with wicker side car. It has been in their family for 65 years.
Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140806-221725009

Father and son Steve and James (11) from Suffolk on their 1920 Scots Squirrel with wicker side car. It has been in their family for 65 years. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140806-221725009

Vintage motorbikes dating back to the start of the 20th Century arrived at the Heritage Motor Centre near Gaydon on Sunday for the 66th Banbury Run.

About 550 bikes belonging to Vintage Motorcycle Club (VMCC) members arrived in the morning with thousands of enthusiasts getting the chance to see them before they rode through the surrounding countryside.

The annual event was originally held in Banbury but had to move to Gaydon as it became more and more popular.

Ian Botham, event secretary for the VMCC, said: “It was a lovely event and the weather was great, which really helped.

“One of the nicest things was that it coincided with the anniversary of the D-Day landings and we also had a group of First World War dispatch riders who led the start of the run.

“It is a family orientated event, with fathers, grandfathers, sons and daughters all coming along. It has been going a very long time and predates the Road Traffic Act, hence why we can have so many vintage bikes on the road at once.”

The Run takes in three looped routes, one of which famously includes Sunrising Hill near Banbury. As well as the motorcycles, visitors to the event were also given access to the museum and, on Saturday, members of the public were given the chance to participate in a training day riding bikes dating back to the 1930s.

 

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