This year's BMF Show marks its 30th year at Peterborough's East of England Showground and to help celebrate the event, the BMF is looking for people who were there in 1977 to join in the celebrations.
Despite increased competition from a crowded calendar of motorcycle events, the BMF Show is still the largest outdoor bike show of its type in Europe and with attendances regularly topping 80,000 and over 600 exhibitors covering everything in biking from major manufacturers to local clubs, it's a massive celebration of motorcycling - and a key fund-raiser for the British Motorcyclists Federation.
Moving from the old Donington Park to Peterborough in 1977, attendance has more than quadrupled in that time, but the BMF Show has still retained that unique atmosphere that has made it so special and a regular feature of the biking calendar.
To celebrate its time at Peterborough, the BMF is collating a special anniversary Show Guide and wants to record memories and photos from the 'Glam Rock' era of the seventies. The BMF wants to hear from people who attended the 1977 event and in a competition for the best entry, the BMF is giving away 10 pairs of VIP tickets. Entries should be sent to email@example.com.
Many things have changed over the years, but arena activities have always drawn large crowds and after a highly successful first season, the UK Short Track Championship (http://www.shorttrackuk.com), will be again holding their second round of the championship at the show. Also confirmed are the hardy-annuals of Vintage Speedway and the infamous Moped Enduro, while Jason Smyth will be performing his spectacular stunt show and after a period of several years' absence, The Imps junior motorcycle stunt team will be displaying their own special skills.
Offering a total prize fund worth an estimated £3,000, the Best In Show competition, sponsored by Carole Nash Insurance, is bound to attract bikes from all eras. With individual class prizes of £300 and a 'Best In Show' additional prize of £400 plus a year's free insurance courtesy of Carole Nash insurance, this competition has become increasingly popular with competitors and the public alike.
For BMF members, they also have the exclusive Memba Rally camping weekend running in conjunction with the show and offering live bands and other entertainment, plus the luxury option of a rent-a-tent service from event camping specialists Tangerine Fields. Through their website (www.tangerinefields.co.uk) rally goers can book ahead and have their weekend tent and camping equipment ready & waiting for them.
"This year is a special one for us," said BMF spokesman Jeff Stone. "I was there for the 1977 event and although it's bigger and busier than it was then, somehow it's managed to maintain that friendly, laid-back atmosphere that has made it such a favourite with so many. After all, it's still the largest event of its type in Europe and we intend to retain that title!"