October 31 2015.

Thousands of avid off-road enthusiasts, their families and friends piled into the International Dirt Bike Show today, as the first day of the Halloween weekend sprang into action with a host of dirt tricks and treats.

The retail hall enjoyed its traditional early morning rush with aisles groaning under the weight of Show-goers eager to check out the new 2016 goodies and bag some bargains. The other halls too welcomed a steady flow of visitors throughout the day, with Show fans checking out the exhibits, soaking up the atmosphere and joining in the activities right until the very end of play, when the doors closed at 5.30pm.

The expectant crowd were treated to something slightly different on the morning stage programme with a demonstration of Rabaconda, a trick and easy-to-use tyre changing device. Staff from Estonia had made seemingly bold claims of removing and fitting an enduro tyre in less than three minutes and they did just that to the delight of the assembled audience. The Putoline/DBR X-box and Michelin tyre holding challenges have become something of Show staples, and whilst the opening day X-box speed remains unbeaten, an incredible time of 4m28s was posted in the tyre challenge. Contestants are tasked to hold, at arm’s length, a Michelin tyre mounted on a Talon wheel with an eye-watering combined weight of 8kg. With a set of Michelins mounted on Talons up for grabs, there’s all to play for.

The Arena Trials riders of James Dabill, Jack Price, Iwan Roberts and Billy Bolt were joined on stage for interview by Arena Trials boss Dougie Lampkin, MTB stunt man Danny Butler and former World MTB Downhill Champion Danny Hart. Next up for a Jack Burnicle grilling were the new Phoenix Tools Honda team-mates Gert Krestinov, Jamie Carpenter and Carlton Husband, KTM enduro champ Paul Bolton and Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki team-manager Steve Dixon, with riders Tommy Searle and Mel Pocock. In the afternoon, the stage was the place to be to applaud the AMCA and Scott Nationals competitors as they were presented with their championship trophies.

A number of exhibitors displaying transport vehicles reported a better-than-expected event so far, with the newly-launched company RP Sporthomes expressing surprise at taking orders for its high-end bespoke race transporters, and first-timer Ifor Williams Trailers with its two-berth, fitted garage trailer drawing a high level of interest. Both companies were so impressed with the Stoneleigh crowd, that already they have said they’ll be back next year!

Out in hall five, the first heats of the International Dirt Bike Show MiniBike Supercross kept a massive throng of spectators on their feet, cheering and hollering with ultra-close racing and the narrowest of points separating the leaders. Tomorrow sees the deciding races in this enormously successful event, with the short, sharp races producing plenty of cut and thrust action on a demanding, but spectacular track that has been specially constructed in the action arena.

Finally, with the new SPECTRE 007 movie hitting the international headlines it was good to see the film’s stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell taking time off between shoots on the new Bourne movie to scoop up some goodies for himself and his KTM350 SX-F. Former club motocross rider Gary doesn’t race anymore but still loves getting out on his bike. "It's great to get along to the show and meet so many off road stars and see whole families enjoying themselves,” he said, “what’s more, I picked up a few bargains as well, so I'm extra happy!"

The International Dirt Bike Show doors reopen at 9.30am tomorrow, the 1st of November, and close at 5.00pm. Tickets can be bought on-the-gate and cost just £16 for adults, £10 for youths aged 11 to 16 and entry is completely free-of-charge for youngsters aged ten and under.

Visit www.dirtbikeshow.co.uk for further information, to download the official Show App and to follow proceedings on links to Facebook and Twitter.

Pictured: [l-r] Jack Burnicle, Dougie Lampkin, Jack Price, Billy Bolt, James Dabill, Iwan Roberts