We had rather a busy week last week. On Wednesday we headed out to the Mobility Roadshow at the East of England Showground at Peterborough. The weather had improved and we were looking forward to the three day show. We got the show van into position in the bike fest area when we arrived, positioning very carefully against the tarmac as Ralph pointed out that the grass area was lower - and you never know!
Unfortunately it then proceeded to rain all night which meant that the campsite was flooded in the morning. I'm pleased to say that the weather did not deter the visitors, and the bike area proved popular.
The wind gained in strength during Friday and by the end of the day many stand were hanging on to their shelters. In fact when we arrived Saturday morning the gazebos opposite had decided to lay on their backs and play dead. Luckily all our equipment stayed intact.
|The Batribike Stand at Bike Fest 2012|
As soon as we were packed up on Saturday evening it was time to head over to Shrewsbury to the Bike Fest 2012. The weather was a little chilly Sunday morning but dry, yay!
Bike Fest is organised by Shropshire Motorcycle Road Safety Group and as you would expect was principally about road safety.
It was also aimed at motorcyclists but there was lots of interest in Electric Bikes. All the test riders were impressed with the amount of assistance the bikes could give and had that "electric bike grin" after their test rides. The event was free to visitors and there was plenty for them to see with loads of motorbikes on display and the Savage Skills bicycle team put in two stints in the arena. The event was also raising money for the local Air Ambulance, I understand the total raised was around £1800.
Colin Young from BBC Radio Shropshire was there introducing the arena events and taking a look round the show. "I'm not really a motorcyclist" he confided. "But these electric bikes look much more like the thing for me". I explained how they worked and what the benefits were. Then he asked if he could interview me for his radio programme. The interview went out on air just after 2.00 p.m. on Monday.
The afternoon was a lot brighter than it had been for several days so I got snapping with the camera and have included several, especially of the Savage Skills guys who looked as if they had some sort of death wish!
|Ready to Jump!|
|Getting some air!|
|The Harley Davidson Stand|
|A very shiny Victory - which looked more like an artwork|
|Bikes With Lights. All the services, Paramedic, Police, Fire and the AA|