Despite the rain, thousands of big-hearted bikers turned out to support a good cause in Brighton on Sunday, 1 October.
The 14th instalment of Brightona attracted around 8,000 motorcyclists from up and down the country, who were rewarded for their efforts with a day chockful of bikes and bands, daredevil displays and a ton of family fun, all in the name of charity.
Every year, the Sussex Heart Charity benefits from the proceeds raised at Brightona, and 2017’s event will no doubt have helped in topping up the coffers of this vital cause.
Singing the Blues in Brighton
Spirits were high thanks to the many bands brightening up the somewhat damp day, with visitors treated to plenty of performances across three stages. Undoubtedly one of the event’s best bits, the Unmistakeable Blues Brothers went down a storm, wowing the crowds as the kings of cool.
Nark Drool and the Shudders brought their unique 50s sound to Brighton while Stu Edwards gave visitors a taste of country classics. Add in some live rock’n’roll and there was something for everyone to enjoy.
Of course, bikers don’t just turn up for the bands – it’s the bikes themselves that really steal the show, and there was no shortage of magnificent machines to admire on the day.
Riders rocked up with their prized bikes, trikes and quads to show off and enjoy a bit of biking banter at the Custom Show, where row upon row of gleaming metal was judged across categories including the best in show and the top custom creation.
Car fans were also in for a treat as a collection of hot rods were put on display especially, with prizes for the favourites.
Bonzer biking bargains
Brightona 2017 was the place to be for bikers in the market for a bargain, with trade stalls aplenty selling all sorts of apparel, accessories and riding regalia.
All the big brands were on display as riders snapped up bargain buys, refuelling in between at the food and drink stalls.
The Carole Nash team was proud to be in attendance at Brightona 2017, where we welcomed many a biker looking to save some pounds on their premiums. We love a good chat, too, and plenty of visitors stopped by for a selfie!
Goodie bags were given out and our fantastic GoPro biking competition was a great success – watch this space to find out who the lucky winner of our free prize draw will be!
Everyone knows that bikers have the biggest hearts – over the years, Brightona has helped generate more than £150,000 for a good cause. Proceeds from the event go to the Sussex Heart Charity, which was established in 1978 to support research and resuscitation training.
We await the final figures for 2017 but regardless of the grand total, every penny helps – see you next year for another belting Brightona instalment!