In what must be one of the biggest parades on a racetrack, Saturday's BMF sponsored KillSpills world record attempt, held at Bikefest UK Donington Park, saw nearly 550 bikes take to the track as a fitting culmination to the KillSpills 617 Ride from Westminster.
Starting the day at 07.30 on London's Victoria Embankment, riders set off to deliver the KillSpills annual diesel spills report to 10 Downing Street and then went on for TV interviews at ITN's HQ and at BBC Television Centre before setting off on the police escorted 140 miles to Donington Park for BikeFest UK.
Travelling in convoy with a full police escort, KillSpills campaign leader Stephen Edwards described overtaking traffic on the heavily congested M1 to Luton 'like a parting of the waves!'
At the circuit, hundreds more joined forces with the convoy to attempt a world record for the highest number of motorcycles on a race track at any one tim e (record yet to be verified) - all part of the campaign to raise the profile of the diesel spills issue.
As part of the annual campaign, the Highways Agency was there to accept the KillSpills/British Motorcyclists Federation Award 2007 for 'Achievement in Reducing Diesel Spills'.
The award, designed to recognise those helping to reduce the menace of spilt diesel on our roads, was presented to Stuart Lovatt, the Highways Agency's Safety Action Plan Coordinator, for the extensive work the agency have and are continuing to do, in raising awareness of the dangers of diesel spills.
Working in partnership with a number of organisations, the agency has produced anti diesel-spill stickers, designed to be placed next to the fuel cap of commercial vehicles warning of the dangers of overfilling and have distributed them widely throughout the UK.
In addition, as part of the wider HGV safety campaign, the Highways A gency have also produced an anti diesel-spill animated message which has been added to their "Heavy Good Vehicle" website, www.heavygoodvehicle.com and will be issued in DVD form to all continental drivers (in multiple language form) entering the UK.
Stuart Lovatt, the Highways Agency's Safety Action Plan Coordinator, said: "I'm pleased and honoured that the Agency has been nominated for this award. We take road safety very seriously and have recognised that diesel spillages are a real hazard to all road users and especially to motorcyclists. We are working hard to raise awareness that diesel spillage can be avoided."
This is the third year of the award, previous winners being ASDA in 2005 and Sainsbury's in 2006 for the work that they had done in raising their fleet drivers awareness of the dangers of diesel spillage.
The ride was the fun part of an ongo ing campaign that has seen the menace of diesel spills taken seriously by government and industry alike. Following a meeting between the Stephen Edwards and the Parliamentary Advisory Committee on Transport Safety (PACTS), MPs Bill Wiggin and Steven Pound have agreed to put down a 10 minute Rule Bill and an Early Day motion on diesel spills in the next session of Parliament.