Thundersprint 2006

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Thundersprint 2006

Postby Eamonn » Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:56 am

AJS and Matchless Club Owners Club at the Thundersprint

Here is one for your next biking trivial pursuits quiz. What’s the biggest motorcycle event in Britain in terms of one day attendance? MotoGP? World Superbike? British Superbike at Brands Hatch? Every one of these is an excellent event with a huge crowd but the big Daddy of them all is unquestionably the Thundersprint in Northwich town centre which is to be held this year on Sunday 7 May.

Still confused? You can be forgiven but the facts are that over 100,000 dedicated Thundersprint fans pack Northwich town centre for what is affectionately known as, “The Grand Prix in a Car Park” - a quarter mile twisty sprint running round a 1950s car park smack bang right in the town centre of this pretty little Cheshire market town.

That the Thundersprint is unique is probably the understatement of the 21st century. The epicentre of the show is a mind blowing mix of classic Grand Prix thoroughbreds rubbing shoulders with the latest Superbikes on the sprint circuit. Then at lunchtime, the whole of Northwich echoes to the sound of race engines as 200 road and race bikes take a 5-mile cavalcade around the town. And if you want to stay out of jail, don’t try to run a screaming works Gilera 4 past the courts and police station - except as part of the Thundersprint cavalcade!

Entries confirmed already include six times World Champion Jim Redman, riding a Honda CR750 and Sammy Miller with his fabulous Gilera 4.

Then there’s an aerobatic display by an RAF Spitfire, almost a mile of trade stands, a fine food centre, bands, street theatre, Maypole dancing and the absolutely unforgettable Leyland Morris Men - and you don’t see these at MotoGP very often!

In fact, something for everyone - and an awful lot for anyone with an interest in two wheels.

Incredibly, the whole show is free for spectators with Vale Royal Borough Council also providing free parking.

This year, the AJS and Matchless Club Owners’ Club will have a welcome centre which will be right outside the race paddock.

The Thundersprint has an excellent website ([url="http://www.thundersprint.com"]www.thundersprint.com[/url]) and the “Latest News” section is always worth visiting.

For more information on the Thundersprint contact Frank Melling on 01928 740 498 or visit
[url="http://www.thundersprint.com"]www.thundersprint.com[/url]

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