The 2009 Bulldog Bash, one of the largest outdoor motorcycle events in the UK, went off without any problems, and saw Vic Jefford take the Best Bike winner’s trophy in the Custom Show with his `Highroller’ trike.
Vic has exhibited many of his custom machines at Carole Nash sponsored motorcycle shows and is renowned as one of the top bike builders in the UK. In the Best Alternative class, `Lindsay’ won the top honours with a diesel powered Harley, whilst Rebecca Thompson won the Ladies Build class, with her Servicar 45 Harley trike.
On the dragstrip, jet-powered cars were in action, alongside a hydrogen rocket powered motorbike which made 233mph in just 5.48 seconds. The show attracted some 23,000 visitors, up on last year. The show’s success was marred by vehement opposition from Warwickshire’s Chief Constable, who tried to ban the event at the last minute. The Bulldog Bash organisers criticised the heavy-handed Police operation at the show, which saw just 11 arrests over the weekend for minor offences.
In contrast, local councillors visited the Bash, to see donations made to the `Help for Heroes’ charity, which is dedicated to assisting service personnel injured whilst on duty in the UK armed forces. Warwickshire council rejected Police objections to the event and received a standing ovation at the Bulldog Bash 2009, which is now in its 23rd year.