Today we continue our look ahead to the biggest biking show of the year, with five more reasons why you should stop by Motorcycle Live at the Birmingham NEC this upcoming week.
Our good pals at the Ace Café are heading north to celebrate the not inconsiderable milestone that is the iconic roadside watering hole’s 75th birthday. A visit to stand 2E66 (Hall 2) is recommended as the Ace 1200CR Street Special café racer is unveiled to the biking public, featuring alongside an Ace 904S Thruxton Special and the machine dubbed the “Dally Mirror” bike, the ’58 Royal Enfield Constellation that once graced the tabloid’s front page. There’ll be plenty of Ace merchandise and the must-read Ace Timesbiography on sale too.
The fame game
Every year the NEC becomes something of a magnet for celebrity bikers with this year’s show decidedly no exception. By our count some 40 folks famous for their biking prowess or promotion are showing their faces. These range from riders old and new – such as Chris Walker, John Reynolds, John McGuinness, Leon Haslam and Jenny Tinmouth – to tellybox adventurers like Henry Cole. The latter, presenter of both The Motorbike Show and The World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides, will be being interviewed then meeting, greeting and signing on the Carole Nash stand from 11am on opening day, followed at 1pm by SBK’sJonathan Rea, a Carole Nash Ambassador.
Baring Britain’s Best
Mr Rea will also be handing out the gongs when the winners of Built in Britain are revealed at 12 noon on Saturday. The venue will once again be the Carole Nash stand which will be hosting the two amateur and pro-built winning bikes, along with the amateur runner-up, for the duration of the show. Pop by to see which bikes have earned the top prizes of a grand in cash plus a rather nifty 15-drawer Sealey APCOMBOBBTK58 Topchest and Rollcab combi with a 147 piece toolkit. At the same time you can pick up your free copy of the much sought-after Carole Nash 2014 calendar which features each of the twelve finalists’ bikes, superbly photographed by top biking snapper Adam Duckworth.
Days to remember
Once again a series of themed days have been laid on to punctuate Motorcycle Live’s nine-day calendar and give enthusiasts of particular disciplines another excuse to drop in. This Sunday 24th is Classic TT Day; with Isle of Man veterans Conor Cummins, John McGuinness and Dave Molyneux, together with “newbie” Olie Linsdell, among others. Dirt Day lands on Wednesday 27th November with Q&As from BMW Motorrad, Kawasaki, KTM and Honda whilst Sunday 1st December is officially designated as TT Day; when the world’s very finest road race is celebrated. An impressive array of riders will be doing meet and greets and taking part in Q&As as well as the Steve Parrish-hosted Question of Bikes quiz.
There’s no need for “selfies” as the Carole Nash team will be happily snapping visitors to the company’s stand as they straddle The Trike Shop’s latest three-wheeled triumph. The bike, at 3ft wide – the thinnest yet to emerge from Haydn Meredith’s much lauded workshop – will be accompanied by the Carole Nash calendar girls, so pop by and have your picture taken. You can then check it out and tag yourself in the insidebikes Facebook gallery.
* Motorcycle Live opens at 10am this Saturday 23rd November and runs until 6pm on Sunday 1st December at the National Exhibition Centre. Birmingham. Adult tickets on the door cost £20, £9 for kids aged 6-16 years and £13 for seniors, Bike parking is free with car parking offered at a show subsidised rate of £8. For more details visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk.