More than 3,000 people visited the first festival staged by Oakley Motorcycle Club, which has been declared an overwhelmingly successful event.
Riders came from all over as more than 1,200 bikes went through the gates during the event, opened by Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson, on Saturday, July 26.
The event hosted celebrities including Troy Corser, Steve Plater, Niall Mackenzie, Richard Cooper, Mitchell Carr, Olie Linsdell, Grant Wagstaff and Jonathan Railton, attracting a large number of visitors from the local area with any interest in biking, two wheeled activities and families for a fun day out.
The event was staged to raise awareness of Oakley Motorcycle Club as a community and to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance which is a valuable resource for all motorists and the public.
Total proceeds raised at the event was more than £6,500 - most coming from the small entry fee.
Included in funds raised was £1,662 from a celebrity auction of prestigious items including signed gloves from Alvaro Bautista, signed caps from Valentino Rossi, signed pictures prints from many of the famous current and past motorcycle heroes.
Richard Galka, chairman of the Oakley Bike Festival sub-committee, said: “This event was beyond our expectations and shows what we, a local club can stage when we put our mind to it.
“Our aim was to give our members, the local biking community and local residents a good day out whilst supporting our sponsors who help us maintain the club year in, year out.”
Martin Brown, from Stevenage-based Bike Stop and supporter of the festival, said: “I am impressed with the slick professionalism of the first event and will be back the next time for sure to support such a well organised show.”
Richard added: “Based on the support and success of the Oakley Bike Festival we expect to be back in two years and consideration is now given to running it as a bi-annual event.”
>> Oakley Motorcycle Club was found in 2005 by Roger Bays, OMC chairman, and attracts bikers from around the Northants, Beds, Herts and Bucks area. The membership for 2014 is close to 500 members with interests in all things two- wheeled from ride outs, trips abroad, track days, off road through to training and rider improvement. Operating from a single club house location in Oakley Village in Bedfordshire, OMC has quickly become a premier, independent motorcycle club.