CROWDS BASK IN SUNSHINE AT BEAULIEU MOTORCYCLE RIDE-IN 2013

Beaulieu - Motorcycle Ride-In participants 2013

Beaulieu – Motorcycle Ride-In participants 2013

In stark contrast to conditions last year when weeks of heavy rain had put the event in doubt, participants in this year’s Motorcycle Ride-In were assured of clear skies and unbroken sunshine. Fortunately a heat wave and temperatures in the high 80s didn’t deter riders from zipping up their leathers and donning their helmets for a ride through the New Forest en route to Beaulieu to park up and become part of a fantastic display in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Over 1,300 bikes took part in the public ride-in and 1,800 bikers were able to enjoy a great day out, meeting other biking enthusiasts and viewing the hundreds of motorbikes of all makes and models on display, from classics to modern and custom. A number of trade stands were selling accessories and clothing.

Beaulieu’s Events Manager Judith Maddox said:”It was a perfect day for bikers to ride into Beaulieu. We know that they like to show off their bikes and this event offers an opportunity to be part of the display and enjoy all of the Beaulieu attraction at the same time.“

In the Beaulieu arena the crowds were wowed by stunt shows from the fearless UK FMX stunt team. The audience could experience the thrill of biking ‘athletes’ as they performed acrobatic stunts at heights up to 40 feet in the air.

People's Choice Winner - Nigel Herring with Stuart Macey

People’s Choice Winner – Nigel Herring with Stuart Macey

Visitors were invited to vote for their favourite bike in the ‘People’s Choice’ award and this went to Nigel Herring from Didcot, Oxfordshire, with his Suzuki Hayabusa.  Nigel has had his bike from nearly new and spent thirteen years customising it to the gleaming machine it now is, complete with eye catching sparkling emerald green paintwork.

Nigel was presented with a Beaulieu Trophy by UK FMX stunt rider Stuart Macey.

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