Sunday, June 16 will see the 71st running of the Banbury Run, and while the VMCC event has considerable heritage, that’s no barrier to change, and this year’s run is set to see some interesting improvements.
Following previous years’ arrangements, the 2019 run will be based around the Heritage Motor Centre just off the B4100 in Gaydon, conveniently close to the event’s historic home of Banbury, and easily accessible from the M40.
This year, however, there will be no off-site parking, and no shuttle buses between the centre and the car parks – everything will be based on site.
Thanks to the addition of a new roundabout, access (and egress) to the site is much improved, and Sunday’s run is set to operate with more ease and less confusion than in previous years as there is now a separate exit from the venue to the returning route.
There are three classes of machine – A, B and C, dependent on age – with route lengths of 40, 60 and 70 miles respectively, and it’s looking likely that there will also be two speeds for the A route of the run – 15mph and 18mph – with a second, higher, speed being brought in due to the reduction in the number of entrants receiving gold and silver awards, essentially because riders have been riding too fast!
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