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The Bulldog Bash: Days of drag, jet and Hells Angels racing at the Great Warwickshire Cycle Rally

Long Marston, south of Stratford-upon-Avon, is not generally known to be a noisy place with a population of several hundred.

But for 30 years, the nearby airfield became a festival for motorcycle gangs, daredevils, and motorcyclists – the Bulldog Bash.

From 1987, British Hells Angels charters began to congregate on the airstrip and the old racecourse, eventually becoming one of Europe’s largest biker festivals.

The Bash peaked in 2007, with around 50,000 people descending into the Warwickshire countryside – but the final festival wouldn’t take place until ten years later, in 2017, when the site was sold to developers.

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Known for electric drag racing, gorgeous cars and bikes – and some more racy entertainment – things are decidedly quieter these days in South County.

We’ve pulled a few photos from our Bash heyday archive – see what the rally looked like below.

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