In 2020, the Banbury Run was planned to take place on 31st May, rather than Father’s Day as has become the custom in recent years. Some members were not happy with this change, and the Board agreed to seek the views of members before setting the date for 2021.
In recent years, the Banbury Run has been based at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon. This location has been considered suitable because it is within reach of Sunrising Hill, has space for assembly, parking, camping and an autojumble, and amenities for participants and others. Some members have, however, been unhappy with the relatively high cost of the venue (which is reflected in entry fees), whilst other feel the location lacks atmosphere and is inconveniently laid-out. In 2020, the Board agreed to consult members on the venue, before making a booking.
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With regret, the VMCC have decided that this year’s Banbury Run will not take place. 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.This would have been the 72nd running of the world’s largest gathering of pre-1931 veteran and vintage motorcycles.
All entrants will receive a full refund, but this may take a little longer than normal due to reduced staffing levels within the office.
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.
Whilst large gatherings are likely to continue to be impossible, we expect that quite soon smaller social runs could be allowed, providing distancing measures are in place and full notice has been taken of all relevant government advice. The VMCC are actively working with a coalition of other large motorcycle organisations and the Government to progress the interests of motorcyclists as the UK starts to come out of lockdown.
A link to the Coalition of Motorcycle Organisations (COMO) COVID lockdown exit advice can be found here https://www.vmcc.net/Coalition-of-Motorcycling-Organisations
The Banbury Run is the largest gathering of pre-1931 motorcycles & three-wheelers in the world as the Museum hosts the nostalgic Vintage Motor Cycle Club Banbury Run.
This annual event sees a whopping 500 veteran & vintage motorbikes ride out together from the British Motor Museum and make their way to Banbury.