WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS YEAR'S MCN LONDON MOTORCYCLE SHOW AT THE EXCEL.
I have to admit to being one of the sceptics. I didn't believe it would become established in the motorcycle show calendar. Wrong venue. Punters in London not interested enough.
How wrong could I be? Over the past few years, the Carole Nash/MCN London Motorcycle Show at the Excel in London's Docklands has established itself as a popular early-year visit for thousands of biking aficionados, who welcome the show as a prelude to the lighter days and climbing temperatures that will tempt us onto the roads, and the anticipation of other events in the year to come.
Taking place from February 12th - 14th, this year's show is celebrating twenty years of British Superbike (BSB) racing and also the racing life of Joey Dunlop, with a display of the bikes he rode to numerous race wins, plus memorabilia that has been put together with the help of his family.
BSB is still recognised and respected as one of the most competitive championships in the world. Some of the bikes that have featured down the years will be on display, along with five riders who have given race goers so much enjoyment. The riders: Neil Hodgson, Chris Walker, Niall McKenzie, John Reynolds and Tommy Hill, will be donning their leathers to take part in a series of 'slide' races at the in-show arena.
The show is organised in zones so that those with a special interest know where to head for - Adventure; Sports and Performance; Classic and Custom. Then there's the inevitable shopping: hopefully all needs for the biking year ahead catered for. Plus fourteen manufacturers will display their shiny wares.
An additional feature takes place on Saturday 13th with an auction of 100 motorcycles to be sold by a company which is new to me: Coys. Not surprising, as this will be the second time only Coys has dabbled in the bike auction world. Its first being held in the magnificent setting of Blenheim Palace, in July '14. There are some very desirable bikes coming under the hammer.
Advanced tickets - costing £17 - are available online until midnight on February 8th. Standard tickets on the day will cost £21, with concessions for seniors and kids under 15yrs (free for the first child). The details for tickets - and other show information - is at www.mcnmotorcycleshow.com
Are you going to the MCN London Motorcycle Show, Excel this year or do you have any other motorcycling events you're looking forward to? Share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add them into our events calendar.
25/01/16 I'm going this year.first time
26/01/16 £17/£21?wanna look at'em,not buy'em!
26/01/16 its to dear to get in trade stands last year was hard to haggle with and its just not that good a show for the price its a shame as its on my doorstep
26/01/16 Too Exspensive
27/01/16 I found the best bikes were in the parking section could have spent a day checking out what people rode in on, don't miss the bike park its worth it for that alone
28/01/16 Well that's true because my bike will be in there.
27/01/16 I'm on a stand
28/01/16 I'm going
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