Vintage bikes’ Banbury Run cancelled
Restrictions force organisers to pull event in it’s 72nd year
The annual gathering of vintage motorcycles and three-wheelers – the Banbury Run – has been cancelled for 2020. This event usually sees around 500 veteran & vintage motorbikes ride out from the British Motor Museum in Gaydon and make their way to Banbury. This year’s event was due to take place on Sunday May 31st.
In a statement organisers the Vintage Motorcycle Club said, “Despite our attempts to save the event by moving to a later date in August, restrictions on events of the size and scale as Banbury are likely to remain in place for several months”.
“The VMCC are taking the remainder of 2020 as an opportunity to do a thorough review of our plans for 2021, as the majority of VMCC members are first and foremost active riders and feel that veteran and vintage machines belong on the road and track, not hidden away gathering dust”.
This would have been the 72nd running of the Banbury Run. It is the world’s largest gathering of pre-1931 veteran and vintage motorcycles.
Last year Banbury Mayor Councillor John Colegrave started the competitors on their journeys and made the presentations. The route between Gaydon and Banbury usually includes the challenge of scaling Sunrising Hill.
The Vintage Motorcycle Club are currently working with other large motorcycle organisations and the Government to progress the interests of motorcyclists as the UK starts to come out of lockdown.