Kefington Hall, Crockenhill Rd, Orpington, BR5 4EP
The 2017 Malle Mile is a motorcycle exhibition in motion, a series of ‘Gentlemanly’ races for the men and women who share our ideology – that motorcycles are there to be ridden.
The two day event is a celebration of motorcycling, racing, custom machines, music, motor-sports heritage and the British summertime.
What to expect at The Mile 2017
THE ‘MALLE DRIVE IN’
On the eve of this years 2 day event we will be hosting an open-air ‘drive in’ moto cinema, with The Mile ‘Pre-Party’ to get you in the spirit. Short and classic moto films will be projected onto the side of Kefington Hall once the sun sets. Do you have or know of a film worth showing? Please submit film suggestions to email@example.com.
THE HILL CLIMB
The first ‘Hill Climb Slalom’. The head to head slalom track will span across Kefington Hill – this race is definitely for knobbly tyres only!
This year The Mile Moto Exhibition of rare motorcycles will be divided into two exhibitions with racing motorcycles taking the premiere spot on the East lawn in our curated ‘A Century of Racing’ exhibition and then ’The 4 C’s’ Exhibition for the rare and unique ‘Customs, Classics, Cafes and Choppers’ on the South Lawn.
Inspired by the poodle agility courses of Crufts, the ‘Roughs Course’ is a tough timed trials course, where technique and agility reign supreme. Look for the ‘flaming hoop of death’. This year two riders will compete head to head on the Malle motors.
THE MILE SPRINT
Two days of racing will again culminate in the head to head sprint race, with classic and custom motorcycles vying for the ‘Man of the Mile’ position. This year, the classics and customs will race on the Saturday afternoon and ‘The Derby’ finale will be held on the Sunday afternoon.
THE AFTER PARTY
The after party will be thrown in the now legendary ‘Enchanted Forest’ – the underground nightclub in the depths of Kefington Hall.
This year we’re introducing the “sport” of Moto Polo. 4 teams of 5 riders will compete in the 2017 Moto Polo Championship Match on Sunday morning.
THE PODIUM-GARDEN PARTY
To celebrate the weekends racing triumphs, once the dust settles – enjoy a sunset glass of ‘Godspeed’ – the podium beer – on the front lawn, with music and games to ensue.
This year 250 guests will stay and enjoy both nights of The Mile moto festival, with the ‘Malle Drive In’ open-air cinema and the official After Party.
What’s On & When
5pm – THE ‘MALLE DRIVE IN’: An open air ‘Drive-In’ moto cinema will project short moto films and a feature length film onto the side of Kefington Hall once the sun sets.
8PM – CINEMA PRE-PARTY: There will be a BBQ, an Italian dinner and drinks party on the opening eve, to get everyone in the moto spirit.
10AM – GRAND OPENING: Gates open to the public. The pit opens at 8am for Exhibitors, Partners & Racers Only.
11AM – THE HIll CLIMB: Starting with the racers meeting and track tests. The head-to-head hill climb slalom.
3pm – The Mile Part #1: Starting with the racers meeting and track tests. Races will run in 3 groups, each rider will have 3 runs in each class and will be scored, the highest scoring bikes will enter ‘The Derby’ on Sunday afternoon.
THE CLASSICS: Pre-1979 bikes only
THE CUSTOMS: Modified cafe’s and custom bikes
8PM – AFTER PARTY: The Mile after-party will be held in the now legendary ‘Enchanted Forest’.
11AM – MOTO POLO: 4 teams of 5 riders will compete in the 2017 Moto Polo Championship match.
1PM – THE MILE ‘DERBY’ – PART #2: The grand finale of ‘The Mile’ the knockout Derby, where the final riders will vie for ‘Man of The Mile’ position.
3PM – THE PODIUM GARDEN PARTY: Podium awards for the racers, the custom exhibitors and the public Paddock entrants. The Charity Auction will be held, drinks (and coffee) will be served on the main lawn with music and games to follow.
6PM – THE GATES CLOSE
Complimentary camping will be available in the grounds of Kefington Hall for all guests with a weekend ticket.
If you fancy stepping it up a notch and arriving at The Mile with nothing more than a toothbrush and a smile, our luxurious Bell Tents are the way to go! Sleeping up to 4 people per Bell Tent in the private camping area, with soft mattresses, fresh Egyptian cotton linen, lights and more creature comforts to make the weekend that much more special.
Available when purchasing tickets.
Please note that all applicants must be approved after submitting form(s) below. Racers must be over 21, hold a valid road license and purchase a general admission ticket.
For insurance reasons and to make sure we include a good range of bikes at the Mile, applying and submitting a waiver form does not guarantee entry to the races/exhibition. Each application must be approved by us (That said no one has been refused to date!)
The Gentlemanly Sprint Race
The main event of the weekend is ‘The Mile’ race, our gentlemanly ‘head to head’ sprint race, for custom and classic (pre ’80) motorcycles. This year everyone will race in the qualifiers on the Saturday afternoon and ‘The Derby’ finale will be held on the Sunday afternoon.
To enter simply fill out the form below, accompanied by an image of your motorcycle. Once you send the form you will be automatically redirected to our race waiver form, which will need to be completed and returned to our team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE HILL CLIMB
The Knobbly Tyre Slalom
The original, exceptionally fun and moderately ridiculous ‘Hill Climb Slalom’ is back on! The head to head slalom track will span across Kefington Hill, open to all inappropriate custom and classic motorcycles – this race is for knobbly tyres only.
To enter simply fill out the form below, accompanied by an image of your motorcycle. Dirt/Knobbly tyres are a prerequisite for race entry to The Hill Climb. Once you send the form you will be automatically redirected to our race waiver form, which will need to be completed and returned to our team at: email@example.com
The First Championship Match
This year we’re introducing the ‘gentlemanly sport’ of Moto Polo at The Mile. 4 teams of 5 riders will play in the 2017 MOTO POLO Championship match on the Sunday morning. We are now recruiting players for the 4 teams.
If you have the guts, gumption and more importantly access to a lightweight motorcycle (50cc – 250cc), sign up now. We’ll supply the jerseys, the playing field, fame, adoration and more! You can download the ‘Malle MOTO POLO’ rule book HERE – Apply below and enter your team name – each team member must apply seperately: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘A Century of Racing’ & The ‘4 C’s’
More than ever our aim is to fill The Mile with the most exquisite motorcycles in the world. This year we’re curating the main exhibition ‘A CENTURY OF RACING’ showcasing racing motorcycles from every decade and ‘THE FOUR C’s’ exhibition of “Customs, Classics, Cafe’s and Choppers”.
If you have something special that fits that bill for either ‘A CENTURY OF RACING’ or ‘THE FOUR C’s’, please fill in the form below, including pictures. Due to the limited space, unfortunately not all can be accepted, but there’s always the paddock for the public exhibition of 2, 3 and 4-wheel excellence.
Watch the 2016 Mile film
Do you want to join our team of good looking, un- shaven but well scented race marshals in exchange for all access weekend passes? Great! Drop us a note: email@example.com
What was said about The Mile
“An Idyllic, high-society garden party with motorcycle drag racing!” – Classic Bike Magazine
“Gentleman rogues and ladies of unquestionable valour, dazzle the crowds with their impromptu two-wheeled riding skills in an idyllic setting. What’s not to love?” – Dutch, The BikeShed
“One of the most engaging motorcycle events you could wish to be a part of” – Gary Pinchin
“One of the highlights of the summer, evident by the excitement of all those that attended and the disappointment felt by those that missed it!” – Bolt Motorcycles
“Nice people, nice bikes, and a day tearing up some nice blokes lawn!” – deBolex Engineering
“Great people, on beautiful bikes, doing things they were not made to do! the 2016 mile cannot come soon enough.” – Ben Bowers, Movember UK
2017 press and photographers: To get closer to the action please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for passes and arm bands.
Kefington Hall, Crockenhill Rd, Orpington, BR5 4EP
Completed in 1769, the house is the work of Sir Robert Taylor, who was also responsible for Danson House and for the enlargement of the Bank of England. Behrens imported the building materials from around Europe: the red clinker bricks came from Amsterdam, tiles from Heidelberg and marble from Livorno.
The manor of Kefington was in the hands of the related Manning and Onslow families from the late Middle Ages to the mid- 18th century, when Middleton Onslow sold it to Herman Behrens, a City merchant from Amsterdam who commissioned the construction of Kefington Hall.
Behrens’s descendants held the property until the Second World War, when the government requisitioned it to accommodate Canadian troops. Afterwards, Kent county council used the hall as a primary school until the early 1980s.
Now privately owned, Kefington Hall has been diligently restored and is available for conducted group tours – and sometimes for private functions – by arrangement. It’s also usually one of the delights of the Open House London weekend.