Something that will probably not be lost on you all is the significant
historical links between Daventry and Hesketh Motorcycles. It's no wonder then,
that the HOC remain the foremost attraction at this annual Motorcycle Festival.
The Daventry connection remains strong for both the Club and motorcycle. The
fact it was built in this small Northamptonshire market town is something that
its inhabitants feel immensely proud of,
even though the affair
was only short-lived! Of note; the plaque commemorating the opening of the
purpose-built factory by Lady Hesketh is still fixed on the wall of the old
It was at this very spot that
all the remaining parts and motorcycles were auctioned off, under the watchful
gaze of the inaugural Members of the HOC – was that the first official "social
event?" Perhaps an article from one of those individuals would help us newer
Members to better understand the feelings and emotions of that particular day?
But, back to the 2014Festival… it commenced with the usual, pre-arranged,
assembly point at the local motorcycle shop on the outskirts of Daventry. Before
long we were part of one-hundred or so motorbikes riding in a police-escorted
convoy to the town centre to our allocated places along the High Street and
Market Square. The bikes ranged widely from old to new, fast to slow and scooter
to custom. The HOC were positioned in pride of place on the High Street,
fortunately right next to the café!
Our presence immediately attracted interest with the usual queries, but more
importantly the many memories associated with the motorcycle and connections
with the factory. One of the "advantages" of being HOC Chair-person was having
the "pleasure" of having a microphone thrust into my face, just as I was
finishing a gorgeous bacon-butty, by the main organizer. In fact, this was a
great opportunity to tie the past with the future explaining where Hesketh
Motorcycles went and where they are today after I’d given a brief description of
the bikes and the Club.
The atmosphere was a family friendly one and we were made extremely welcome by
all. Due to the significant ties associated with Daventry, this Festival will be
embedded into the HOC’s Social Calendar each year. I certainly encourage you
attend next year to keep those vital links between the Club and town intact;
we’ll also take a ride out straight after the Festival to the factory and
Towcester for dinner.
My thanks go to Dave "Junior" Harris who was instrumental in organizing this
important event for the HOC.
Scott Greig – HOC Chairman