Bike fes­ti­val pulls in crowds at show­ground

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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.

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