This July, Mutt joined Malle London for the British Inappropriate Motorcycle Race in the impressive grounds of Kevington Hall, to get stuck into some ridiculous racing at Malle #5.
The event is run by Jonny Cazzola & Robert Nightingale, who have created an all-encompassing festival of the Motorcycle. Comprising of the Metropolis (where we were situated with a pack of Mutts) live music, the expedition exhibition proving just how far you can go on 2 wheels, and an art gallery showcasing some truly inspirational works. Festival vibes surround with food, bars and even a nightclub in the basement of the stately Hall.
The festivals' biggest draw however are the Mile races which are constant, intense bags of fun, with brilliant and often hilarious commentary by the Malle team.
Mutt placed its hero of the hour the ScramAfrica 250 Mutt in to race, fresh from a fault free completion of its trip through Marrakech & the Sahara, it was now time to take on the fields of Kevington Hall. Piloted by Robert Nightingale there was a dusty blast of Polo to rip through on Friday evening and the bike was on the winning team we’re pleased to say.
Saturday was a different story due to continuous rain overnight which had turned the hill climb, polo field and sprint track to mud- but this only made for more extreme racing and sliding finales.
Once again the 250cc Mutt heaved it through Polo with a winning grin, expertly ridden by youngest ever world-circumnavigator Henry Crew, then wrestled its way up the hill climb like Jeremy Clarkson fighting for a ham sandwich ridden by Sam Digby Baker – lovingly referred to by the commentary team as “Rupert from Knightsbridge” due to his odd choice of polo shirt and shorts combo in the rain – this is inappropriate racing after all.
Further heroics from rider Sam Barham launching the bike into the sprint concluded what was a great weekend’s racing all round, with the Mutt 250 more than holding its own and making it through to the Derby finals. That’s another great thing about this festival though, you’re not expected to win- just enjoy the ride.
Pictured: Andrew James & Rob Hurley; Mutt Owners
Malle have created something very special with a unique atmosphere with the Mile. It’s a brilliant concept that anyone, any age can rock up on any bike and get on the track and join in. If you feel the need for speed, art, continuously grinning and bike culture this one’s for you.
Photos by Chris Corona @chriscorona.co and Mancavemedia.