The Banbury run

The Banbury run

By Ann Evans

Enjoy the spectacle and the nostalgia of seeing 500 veteran and vintage motorcycles and 3-wheelers setting out to enjoy the open roads on Sunday 19th June when the Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC) holds its annual Banbury Run.


Although the historic market town of Banbury in Oxfordshire was where the run originated, the event moved to a more spacious location a few years ago as it became bigger and more popular. On Sunday 19th June the bikes and riders will again gather at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, just 11 miles from Banbury.


The Banbury Run is one of many outings that the VMCC run every year, ensuring that these wonderful old motorcycles aren’t left to gather dust in museums. The club has around 17,000 members who are all united in their love and appreciation of these early motorcycles, and the engineering skills of those who designed and built them.

Banbury run

Banbury run

Now in its 68th year, the Banbury Run is the largest gathering of pre-1931 motorcycles and 3-wheelers in the world. Visitors will be able to see the motorcycles start and finish at the museum. A staggered start begins at 10am with the run operating over three routes all converging back at the museum.

This famous run is aimed at those who enjoy the thrill of riding with other vintage, veteran and pioneer bikes as well as new generations and those who will look at the machines nostalgically. In addition there will be club and trade stands, 100 Autojumble pitches and special interest displays. And for those wanting to make a weekend of it, camping is available on the Saturday and Sunday nights.


Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum said, “The Banbury Run is a celebration of vintage and veteran motorcycles. Seeing hundreds of vintage motorcycles ride together is a motoring spectacle that deserves to continue to flourish!”

Vintage motorcycle on Banbury run

Vintage motorcycle on Banbury run

The Museum will be open from 9am – 5pm with the Banbury Run beginning at 10am. Riders will start at 5 per minute. Spectators tickets for the Run cost £8 in advance or £10 on the day for adults, children and concessions and include entry to the Museum and new Collections Centre.


To find out more about the British Motor Museum please visit the website at

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01926 641188.


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About Ann Evans

Feature writer and award winning author, Ann Evans has more than 22 books published for children, young adults, reluctant readers and adults. Never content to write one thing at a time, she always has at least half a dozen different writing projects on the go. She worked for 13 years on the Coventry Telegraph as a feature writer and currently writes for a number of different magazines, in print and on-line. Ann is also a writing tutor running classes for adults and doing author school visits throughout the UK. Ann decided to put her years of writing experience together in her book Become A Writer – a step by step guide. Amazon link: Blogs: