THOUSANDS GET DOWN AND DIRTY AT EUROPE’S BIGGEST INDOOR DIRT BIKE SHOW
TENS of thousands flocked to Warwickshire’s Stoneleigh Park for the four-day spectacular of mud, motorcycles and rider announcements.
Partnered again by oil giant MOTUL, the event – from October 26-29 – built on the successes of last year with another fantastic show as the scene’s major players displayed their 2018 ranges alongside more than 100 trade stands and exciting live action.
At the venue and across social media, showgoers loved the revamped premier off-road exhibition in Europe and said they will be heading back in 2018.
Main organiser of the event Nick Mowbray said: “What a great four days. Thanks to all the punters for coming and to the exhibitors for putting in so much effort to make it a superb show. The entire weekend only serves to demonstrate the strength of this show and the off-road scene generally.”
MOTUL brand manager Richard Barrett added: “This year’s show was fantastic yet again. The new layout gave the show a really good feel with the retail and trade zones buzzing for the whole four days. I’m already looking at next year’s show as we have a really exciting stand planned which will give people a unique insight into what an oil has to endure. See you next year.”
At the heart of the action was a who’s who of star riders and top names gracing the main stage, which attracted large crowds. It was three-time world champion and KTM rider Jeffrey Herlings who arguably created the biggest buzz; the Dutch motocross star flew in from Amsterdam especially to visit the show and be on hand to meet the fans.
Team GB’s Motocross of Nations superstar Max Anstie also caused quite a stir on the main stage as he spoke about his double win at Matterley Basin.
Two live action halls provided the thrills with three sessions per day of motoball, the weird fusion of fun, football and motorbike madness described as “something you have to see to believe” and non-stop racing in the action-packed MiniBike Supercross competition.
Dougie Lampkin’s Arena Trials at the main entrance also wowed the sea of spectators as they entered the show.
However, the main draws were undoubtedly the manufacturer, trade and retail halls which were inundated with eager shoppers looking to upgrade their hardware for the new season and pick up a bargain or two.
Show manager Nick added: “We already can’t wait to get back to Stoneleigh next year, so get the dates of Thursday to Sunday, November 1-4, 2018 in your diary… it promises to be another unforgettable four days.”
For more information on the show, and to keep up with what’s coming in 2018, visit dirtbikeshow.co.uk and be sure to add it to your favourites.