February 26 2004. The Thundersprint is Britain's biggest biking street party. There is a completely unique mix of classic and modern bike racing along with three quarters of a mile of trade stands, bands, street entertainment and even an aerobatic display by a Spitfire, held on May 9th, right in the town centre of Northwich . And best of all, everything is free for spectators - even down to the parking.

During the lunch break, all the race bikes - plus some road machines - will take part in a five mile Cavalcade around Northwich under police escort. The sight, smell and sound of dozens of historic Grand Prix race bikes strutting their stuff on public roads will make an unmissable spectacle.

The 2003 Thundersprint saw over 50,000 spectators pack into the historic centre of Northwich but event organiser Frank Melling is confident of an even bigger crowd this year. Frank said: "The interest from the retail trade has been very strong and we have taken a lot of bookings which has resulted in good promotion for the event at dealer level. Additionally, we are undertaking an extensive advertising and PR campaign both regionally and nationally. I am very confident that we will attract over 75,000 spectators this year."

In addition to the normal Thundersprint attractions, there will be an arena trial, "try a bike" areas where the latest scooters and trials bikes can be test ridden and a trade area which has doubled in size since last year.

Last year's race entry was the best ever seen in Britain but it will be even better for 2004. In addition to the top British riders, Swiss stars Yves Caillet and Georges Chatelain will be running their four cylinder Honda and Benelli GP bikes whilst Ken Hutchison is flying in all the way from the USA to compete on Mike Cant's fabulous works replica BSA. The Thundersprint fans' favourite, "Pepin" San Millan, will be coming in from Spain once more with the intention of taking home the trophy for winning the "Masterclass".

But the star turn will undoubtedly be six times World Champion and TT winner Jim Redman. Thundersprint organisers are working flat out at present to re-unite Jim with a truly exotic machine to celebrate his 50 years of active motorcycle racing.

For further details go to the Thundersprint website or 'phone Frank Melling on 01928 740 498 between 8am and 8pm.