International Bike Show - Birmingham NEC 2003

The International Motorcycle & Scooter Show at the NEC in Birmingham is the most popular show held annually at the NEC and is Europe's most popular annual motorcycle show

2003 saw 188,541 visitors to the NEC in Birmingham, a slight drop (around 4000) in last year's numbers, attributed probably by rugby World Cup fever that has seen the nation glued to the television set at home. However, it has still been hailed a huge success by the organisers. The show was spread over 10 days and hosted household names, such as Carlos Checa, Neil Hodgson, Dougie Lampkin, Carl Fogarty, John Reynolds, Sete Gibernau and Posh and Becks lookalikes, to name a few.

This year saw the debut of the MCN Race Paddock, which proved a big hit. The annual MCN awards were also presented in public for the first time. Entertainment was provided by Dougie Lampkin (12 times World Champion), Shaun Morris (2003 World Junior Trials Champion) and Cyclo trials champions Ot Pi and Cesar Canas in the Live Arena Trials. Mini-moto racing was also regularly held throughout the day.

Harley Davidson, Triumph, Suzuki, Ducati, Honda and Yamaha all held a special seremony launching their new bike(s), the pictures can be found in the NEC gallery, follow the link at the top of this page.

Dougie Lampkin

Dougie Lampkin attempts to climb a 30ft waterfall, with an injury (no joke!!!). His helpers were on hand should be loose control but their assistance was not required.




TheNational Motorcycle Museum suffered a horrendous fire earlier this year and hundreds of bikes were destroyed. This is the first year they have exhibited a stand at the NEC and are trying to raise funds to restore the bikes to their former glory. Amazingly, see the two pictures here as an example of before and after the fire. Their work is tremendous.