May 19 2008.

BMF Show - 17th & 18th May, East of England Showground, Peterborough.

Report from BMF 

Come rain or shine, it seems nothing can dent the success of the BMF Show! Well established as Europe's largest outdoor bike show, even rain and overcast skies on the Saturday couldn't spoil the weekend as brilliant sunshine on the Sunday more than compensated for it.

Although fully audited figures are not yet available, indications are that with attendance at over 73,000 over the two days, it was up on last year and with over 600 exhibitors selling everything from bikes to tyres and clothing from helmets to boots, plus arena activities, side shows, test rides and live entertainment from the many bands playing over the weekend, there really was something for everyone at the BMF Show!

Major manufacturers such as Triumph, Honda, BMW and Harley Davidson were kept busy as were clothing suppliers of the likes of Frank Thomas and Hein Ger icke.

The arena saw action from Shorttrack UK, vintage speedway, the ever-popular Moped Enduro and displays of precision riding from The Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team - The Flying Gunners. Elsewhere the Wall of Death and the Extreme Globeriders kept the milling crowds entertained.

The BIS, Best in Show Competition, sponsored by Carole Nash Insurance, was won by the stunning 'Harley Evo Rigid' netting its owner 'Sandy' a top prize of £600 and one year's free insurance. In a keenly contested Best Club Display, the Christian Motorcyclists Association, out of the 92 BMF clubs attending, won the day.

Music featured in a big way this year and the brand new exhibition hall was the venue for top line bands sponsored by Bike Animal. The Bike Animal Stage was the platform for competitors from last year's Global Battle of the Bands with evening entertainment featuring classic punk band The Damned co mplete with Captain Sensible. Top tribute bands Limehouse Lizzy and Sisters of Murphy also topped the bill.

Next event: The Garden of England Motorcycle Show (GEMS), Kent County Showground, 31st May-1st June