THE world’s fastest shopping trolley and a record-breaking monowheel are two of the iconic and truly eccentric motorcycles making an appearance at the annual Shelsley Walsh Bike Festival next month.

The event takes place at the hill climb venue in Worcestershire’s Teme Valley on Sunday September 4 and promises to be a spectacular occasion attracting both motorcycle enthusiasts and families wanting a good day out.

The festival prides itself on its diversity and celebrates engineering excellence from rare, classic, modern, customised to hand built bikes and those of historic significance.

This year the organisers have secured the most diverse motorcycles yet from the world’s fastest shopping trolley powered by a Chinook helicopter engine (it holds record speed of 70.4mph/ 113.298kmh), the 'Warhorse' the world’s fastest monowheel (a one-wheeled vehicle that the rider sits inside and travels up to 65mph), plus the latest entry the ‘Scootsuit’ (a land speed contraption where the rider lies in a prone position approximately 6.5 inches off the floor, and has a 125cc scooter engine mounted to the frame. It can reach a speed of 70mph). The vehicle is currently being adapted for Shelsley to take the corners.

Also iconic motorcycle builder Allen Millyard will take to the hill on the V10 Millyard Viper V10 - an 8.0 litre, 500bhp bike built using a V10 engine from a Dodge Viper sports car. The hand-built bike weighs 600kg and has a top speed of over 207mph (half throttle). The bike has won numerous awards including ‘Most over the Top’ machine at Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance.

Shelsley Walsh Bike Festival is a celebration of man and machine with large displays of historic, modern and race bikes, plus a Paddock Specials Show ‘n’ Tell area and the unique opportunity for members of the public to take part in the spectacle by ‘running the hill’ or participating in a thrilling passenger ride experience.

There’s also a whole raft of entertainment too from biker celebrity appearances, trade stands plus live music from UK hot rocking band, Josie and the Outlaws and guests. There are attraction for the children, great food and drink and lots more. All event proceeds of the event go to Severn Freewheelers, the regional Blood Bike group.

Former mayor of Hereford Councillor Charles Nicholls said: ““Blood Bikes proved a vital service and the bikers selflessly give of their free time and riding skills in all weathers to save lives. I encourage all to support them in all their endeavours and perhaps when one appears in your vicinity, put your hands together and give them the encouragement they deserve.”

The gates open at 8.30am and the track events start at 10am. The festival closes at 5pm. For more information visit

• Severn Freewheelers is the regional blood bike group operating in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire. More than 70 volunteers help Severn Freewheelers carry out a much-needed service. The group handles around 4,000 call outs a year covering 150,000 miles. The charity’s principle aim is to alleviate suffering by transporting medical essentials, free of charge, between NHS facilities. This includes blood, blood products, pathology samples, frozen human milk and other medical essentials.