After two years of poor weather, the sun finally shone on the crowds at this year's BMF Show, a just and welcome reward to mark the show's 30th year at Peterborough's East of England Showground.
Over 70,000 people attended over the weekend and although slightly down on the Saturday due to an unavoidable clash with the FA Cup Final, Sunday went a long way to counter this with a marked increase in attendance resulting in a very healthy 72,874 through the gates over the weekend, just a nominal 260 down on last year's overall figure!
James Toseland, World Superbike Champion in 2004 and currently leading this year's championship, was certainly kept busy at the Silverstone Circuit stand signing autographs and chatting to his many fans and he wasn't alone. Traders too made the best of the relaxed and sunny atmosphere, as did the scores of refreshment stalls!
30 years ago, the BMF Rally (as it then was) held a Miss Federation competition and so to mark the Show's 30th anniversary, it was held again but this time as 'Miss Girl Biker 2007', sponsored by clothing outfitters GirlsBike 2. Luanda Pym, a research scientist from Ely who rides a 600 Bandit was the lucky winner and received a trophy and a leather jacket supplied by GirlsBike2 and Carmel Wilcox, a 600 Fazer rider from Watford, was the runner up.
The Best In Show competition, sponsored by Carole Nash Insurance, was once more hotly contested with the amazing V8 Chevy engined trike of Richard Bowman taking the top honours of overall Best In Show while in the Classic category, Stephen Dobbin with his superb 1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star won the Classic category.
Hosting the second round of the spectacular UK Short Track Racing Championships, the area provided plenty of excitement throughout the weekend. A cross between supermoto and speedway, the fast and furious racing saw American Devin Wenz on a 450 Honda win the day while in Thunderbikes our own Pete Boast on his 650 Suzuki topped the charts.
Sunday saw a one-off race Short Track 'Nations Cup'. Eight teams including England, Wales, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the USA competed for the prestigious title of 'Short Track Nations Cup Championship' with Darren Pearson on a 650 Husaberg winning the day for England. Full results on www.shorttrackuk.com.
A less frenetic competition was that for the BMF's Best Club Display, with the National and One-Make category being won by the Ducati Owners Club and the Local Club category won by the Newage MCC.
Rounding off the show, arena action saw top stunt rider Jason Smyth perform his spectacular stunt show and after a period of several years' absence, The Imps junior motorcycle stunt team put on an impressive display with military precision. All of this interspersed with regular Vintage speedway demonstrations and the hardy-annual spectacle of the Moped Enduro.
With bargains to be had, a Two-Wheel Tours section, plus side shows including the Wall of Death, Rifle Range, Kids Quads, Mini Motorcycles and fair rides for all ages, the BMF Show once again came through as the big season opener!