Motorcycle Museum celebrates turning 30


Published on 10 November 2014 by Gill

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the National Motorcycle Museum hosted a ‘Museum Live’ open day on Saturday 1 November. Thousands of visitors joined the museum to mark its huge success since first opening its doors in October 1984.

A range of free attractions and family-friendly activities were on offer; featuring indoor trade displays, autojumble, wheelie machine and the chance to try a bike in a controlled off-road area.

Ex-GP rider and television commentator Steve Parrish conducted chat show-style interviews and live race machine ‘start ups’ in a special ‘stars on stage’ feature. Held in the Museum’s Imperial Suite, the four features re-united the riders, the machines and the factory staff on stage throughout the day, including machines such as the ex-works Norton Rotaries, ‘Slippery Sam’ and names like Nation, Grant, Read and McGuinness visitors were treated to some fascinating viewing.    

The day culminated with TT superstar John McGuinness drawing the winning ticket to win a Vincent Rapide motorcycle worth £40,000 in the Museum’s anniversary raffle prize draw.

James Hewing, Museum Director of the National Motorcycle Museum, says: “We are very proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary. Museum Live was a fantastic way for us to say thank you to the public for their support over the years and we are pleased to have been able to celebrate our achievements with everyone. We’re looking forward to the next 30 years!”

The Museum also held a photographic competition, hosting a pop-up art gallery that has seen footfall rise by 40 per cent. First prize of a luxury break at a UK Best Western hotel went to Mr Robert Bracher for his piece, The Black Shadow, and second prize went to Mr Anthony Jinks for Goldstar. He took home VIP Museum entry/tour and lunch for five.