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New Motorcycle event rides into the Fleet Air Arm Museum

Hundreds of motorcycles from all over the UK will be thundering towards the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset on Sunday 21 September 10am for the first of a brand new event called The Great Ride-In.


The Great Ride-In is the brain child of Gill Wheeler and Jack Smedley, both keen motorcyclists.

Gil Wheeler said, “We ride all over the UK and Europe and it’s not unusual for events like this to attract several thousand bikers. We are always looking for an excuse to ride somewhere interesting and the Fleet Air Arm Museum will undoubtedly be an appealing destination”.


On display will be a custom built bike built from a 1977 Suzuki GT550 2-stroke triple.  It has three air intakes on the tank which join underneath into an air plenum box which feeds into the three carburettors. The front end is from a modern Suzuki GSXR1000 and rear tail section from a Kawasaki Ninja. The rear swing arm is custom built and the rear disc brake was the original bike’s front brake. The controls are digital, replacing the original mechanical versions. The paintwork is by GFX.


Among the traders and clubs within the Bikers’ Village will be Browne’s Café Racers. The company custom builds Café Racers using components from classic donor motorcycles. Named Café Racers after the 1960’s fashion for racing between transport café’s, Brown’s Café Racer motorcycles have developed a cult following.


Tickets for the event are already selling fast and will give the purchaser reserved parking, entry into the Bikers’ Village and of course, entry into the Fleet Air Arm Museum which is home to Europe’s largest collection of Naval aircraft and the first British Concorde.  Tickets are £10.00 and are available on

Concorde 002

No visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum would be complete without going on board Concorde 002. Following some thirteen years of development Concorde 002 was the fist British Concorde to take to the skies, taking off from Filton, Bristol on April 9th 1969. (Concorde 001 took off from Toulouse France on March 2nd 1969).

This photo was taken on 4th March 1976, of test pilot Brian Trubshaw to comemorate the last flight of Concorde 002.