The International Dirt Bike Show’s organiser is getting ready for the gate to drop on Europe’s largest dedicated off-road show later this month, with all major manufacturers, distributors and retailers now in place and ready to greet the army of dirt-biking fans that make the Show an annual must-do event.
For many families though, a visit to the Show is as much about the free entertainment and hands-on activities as it is about seeing the latest gear, and the 2014 event certainly won’t stretch the family budget. As introduced at the 2013 event, halls four and five will be stacked out with free-of-charge and low-cost entertainment and activities. Hall four is the place to head if you want to sit back and enjoy watching others take the strain, and hall five is where you can get involved.
The live arena schedule will see non-stop action, with Flattrack racing demonstration heats and finals from former British and European Flattrack Champion Pete Boast, interspersed with spectacular stunts from performer extraordinaire Lee Bowers on a selection of Kawasaki machinery. Also in this hall you’ll find Owd Codgers Trials’ demos and the Inch Perfect Trials team putting on displays of extreme control, balance and skill, coupled with daring feat and nerve with massive jumps up vertical walls, breath-taking drop offs, a full range of freestyle tricks including wheelies, stoppies, back wheel hops, 180 degree flick turns and of course, plenty of showmanship thrown in for good measure. Once you’ve witnessed how it’s done by the professionals, you can try have your very own trials try-out, with 15-minute visitor trials riding sessions running throughout each day of the Show for those aged 16 and over.
Other members of the family looking to have-a-go won’t be disappointed, as an array of activities, including the electric zone with Oset and Mecatecno trials bikes for the youngsters, kids’ quads, remote-control ‘crossers, My First Honda Licence and Strider Bikes all running each and every day in hall five. This hall will also be the setting for the Show’s weekend MiniBike SX Championship, where six will battle it out over eight frantic laps for Show glory. Expect to see plenty of packed races with top-level riders, live timing screens, a new and bigger supercross-style indoor track layout, better spectator viewing and a trade area selling mini bike goods. Mums and dads wanting to take time out to sit and watch their offspring enjoy the fun and games, will be glad to hear that hot and cold food and beverages will be served in the Linkway Café, which is located between the two activity halls.
Why not try something different this autumn half-term, with budget-priced admission and a wealth of have-a-go and free-of-charge activities for the whole family? Children aged ten and under go free, admission on the opening day is half-price for adults, parking is free, as is the useful and informative souvenir Show Guide!
Visit www.dirtbikeshow.co.uk for more details, to access the Show’s Facebook and Twitter pages, to enter the Win a Honda competition and to download the Show App.