Bike festival pulls in crowds at showground
TENS of thousands of bike fans revved their engines and headed to Peterborough’s East of England Showground this weekend for Europe’s largest outdoor motorcycle show.
The British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) returned to the Alwalton site for the annual bike bonanza, held across Saturday and Sunday.
Organisers were expecting in excess of 40,000 people from across the UK to attend the event, which included such attractions as the world-famous White Helmets display team, restored and modified bikes and the opening of the Auto-cycle Union’s 1000cc sidecar championship.
Martin Chick, managing director of organisersthe Mulberry Group, said the event began life, some 40 years ago, as a members-only show.
He said: “Over the years it’s developed into this big show. It still very much has the club atmosphere, but it has become more of a feature show, so if you have an interest in bikes or if you want to get interested in bikes this is the place to be.”
The BMF will return to the showground on September 15-16.
Details are available from www.thebmfshow.com.
STUNT WORK: The world-famous White Helmets perform in the East of England Showground’s main arena as part of the British Motorcyclists Federation’s annual show at the site. (METP-19-05-12AS043A). Picture: ALAN STORER.
REVVED UP: Peterborough Motorcycle Club members Colin Baker, Karen Bradshaw, Sean Wilkinson and Martin Cross. (METP-19-05-12AS073). Picture: ALAN STORER.