September 12th 2005.

Attendance figures have been released for the 11th annual South West Motorcycle Show, held on 27th and 28th August, at Westpoint Centre in Exeter. The news, say the organisers, is encouraging.
More than 9,000 visitors attended the show over two days, and this represents an increase over both 2003 and 2004. Billy Homer, Sales Manager for show organiser Bikeshows Europe said: "This came as a slight surprise. We are well aware that most motorcycle shows have seen a significant reduction in the number of visitors over the last one or two years, so our success at Exeter really bucks the national trend. Maybe this is a turning point for the industry as a whole."

Thanks to the increased visitor numbers, exhibitors were delighted with their own results at the show.
John Khan, from Bikers Leathers in Manchester, commented: "Our sales were up 30 per cent on last year at Exeter and, given that we have been more than 30 per cent down at the other shows we regularly attend, this is an excellent result. It was well worth the journey down from Manchester."
John continued: "We enjoy the South West Motorcycle Show. It is a well organised, friendly show and this year seemed better presented with a more biker-oriented crowd."
The South West Motorcycle Show will return to the Westpoint Centre, Exeter, next year. The dates are provisionally set for 26th and 27th August 2006.