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Mar 31st, 2009 12:52 am
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Mar 30th, 2009 10:53 am
Rob998 I can heartily recommend this event. I attended last year and it was a fantastic day. The memory of plate glass shop windows vibrating under the assault of 200+ Ducatis revving their nuts off (in a narrow, Georgian shopping street) when the organisers said "Gentlemen, start your engines!" makes me smile every time!

I'l be there this year!
Mar 30th, 2009 8:02 am
Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival 09: Ride In

The important information...

The meeting place will be junction 19 of the M5 motorway in the car park of the motorway services at Easton In Gordano. We will meet in the far corner near the raised grass bank. (This is out of the way of where the cars tend to park and as the bank is raised, will provide a good vantage point to photograph the masses of bikes. It will also keep us out of the way of the main building and any complaints from the services manager).

We will meet at Gordano services from 0830hrs onwards with a departure time of 0930hrs - at the latest. (This will give us 30 minutes to travel the 9 miles or so into Bristol and enter the festival for 1000hrs as requested by the organisers.)

The route will be straight forward, and marked along the way with lamp post markers, these will be sparse but will be located at all changes of direction. In a new twist, bikes will be leaving in Marques. The featured MArques will lead the ride ins from now on. As Moto Guzzi is the featured Marque this year, they will heading the ride in this year.

We will leave the services car park, out of the main entrance of the services and turning left onto the A369 towards Bristol (first exit of the roundabout). We will then make an immediate right turn into High Street (Portbury Village), once in the village we will follow the road around to the left and onto Mill Lane. The route will now rise up through a series of bends and carry on through woods and forests. At the end of this road we will meet the B3128 and turn left following the signs for Failand and Bristol. We will follow this road and go straight across at the traffic light controlled cross roads and carry on following the B3128 as it twists and turns and drops down through more forests until it meets the A370. Once on the A370 we will then follow the signs for Bristol City Centre over the cumberland basin bridge and then follow the A4 towards the centre. We will enter the centre and keep right turning back on our selves before following the road left and into Baldwin Street. The entrance into the festival is on the left with a dropped kerb.

There should be Marshalls here who will direct you and endeavour to park you up promptly.

Great care and expense has been spent in organising this show and all the aspects of the Ride In as well as the Marque locations on site. Please can all kindly follow the Marshalls guidance

As all are (or should be) aware, this show is being held in recognition of all things Italian. However it is widely accepted that there will be people who also attend the show but may not own an italian motorcycle. Please can these people be informed that they are more than welcome to the meeting at Gordano Services, to the ride in (although can i kindly ask that you accept that you follow the ride in at the back of the group), and lastly that you will be required to park elsewhere. PArking has been prganised and allocated close to the show on the corner of St Stephens Street. If this is then full there is additional parking on the corner of Queen Charlotte Street. The Marshalls on the day will aware of these and will be able to direct you to them. Please understand this is not done to be awkward but simply in keeping with the theme of the show, and the possible lack of display parking otherwise.

I am looking for volounteers to marshall the ride in, this could be in two roles; Ride In Marshalls or a Show Site Marshall.
Ride In Marshalls will simply be people to organise and direct one of the many packets of bikes of the ride in (High Viz Vests Recommended).
Show Site Marshalls will simply be people not involved in the ride in who can help with getting all the bikes in from the ride in (off the main highway) and into their allocated Marque locations - also watching for the afore mentioned Non-Italian bike riders (High Viz Vests Recommended).

If you would like more information please PM your email address and i can forward you a ride in route plan, a site parking location plan, a copy of the route markers (for your information... so you can see what you are supposed to be looking for).
Mar 30th, 2009 7:59 am
Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival (BIAMF)

Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival
Saturday 25th April 2009

Organised by local members of the Ducati Owners Club and the Italian Auto Moto Clubs and now in its seventh year, the Festival is the best free event for Italian vehicle enthusiasts in the UK. Focussed around Corn Street in Bristol's Italianate City Centre, the bikes and cars will be parked 'Latin Style' in what will be the most charismatic, multi-million pounds parking lot the West Country will experience all year. The morning and afternoon “Start your engines” sessions, will make the 'Old City' shake to the sounds of pent-up horsepower, unleashed for the joyous appreciation of the owners and spectators alike.

This year Moto Guzzi will be the featured motorcycle marque, with Lancia being the featured Car marque.

The Bike Zone will again be organised by the Ducati Owners Club, Bristol Branch. Any enquiries specific to the bikes should be made to:-
Sean Good : [email protected] (thats me)
and Duncan Spokes : [email protected]

And, as has become the custom over the past few years, the bikes will be doing there usual 'Ride In' to the Festival, meeting from 08.30 am until departure at 09.30 am from the M5 Gordano Services (Junction 19). Enquiries to Sean Good ([email protected]) and Richard Gabriel ([email protected]).

Italian bikes ridden to the Festival do not need to be pre-booked but if using a transporter vehicle please advise us at [email protected] or 0117 947 5814 as a parking place will need to be allocated and a permit issued.

Those unfamiliar with the Festival might be interested in viewing:



http://www.ducatisti.co.uk/gallery/show ... hp/cat/556

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=a5DwvVBNz ... ted&search

The Festival makes for a grand day out just looking at all the exciting vehicles, chatting with the owners and making new friends, and best of all it’s all free (perfect in light of the current economic climate). On top of that there are the nearby shops and markets, the Historic Harbour, Brunel's 'SS Great Britain,' and the replica of John Cabot's sailing ship 'Matthew' in which he beat Columbus to North America. Why not make a note in your diary to come on down and take part in the best free Italian vehicle festival in the country? Can you afford to miss it?

If anyone requires further information please contact the above.
Mar 30th, 2009 7:54 am
Bristol (UK) Ducati Bike Meets

Hello everyone. Just thought i would pop along and keep everyone up to date on when and where all the Ducati meets are in Bristol. We have three Ducati Meetings per month over here:

First Monday of the month at the Golden Heart pub, Winterbourne Down, Bristol (BS36 1AU) from about 8:00 pm.

Third monday night of the month at the 'Castle Of Comfort', East Harptree, Mendips (BS40 6DD). From 8:00pm


Third Saturday morning of the month at the Bristol Ducati dealers 'Riders' (BS4 5LR). From 10:00am

So anybody interested in popping along... please do. i look forward to seeing you at any of the meets.


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