Copdock Motorcycle Show returns to Trinty Park this weekend - see stunt riders in action
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Thousands of bikers from across the country and even Europe head for Ipswich’s Trinity Park this Sunday for the annual Copdock Motorcycle Show.
Now in its 25th year, the show is regarded as the largest one-day motorcycle show of its kind in East Anglia. Guest of honour this year will be six-times world champion Jim Redman.
He notched up four consecutive 350cc World Championships from 1962-1965. In 1962 and 1963 he did the double, winning the 250cc and 350cc World Championships. In 1964 he became the first rider in history to claim three Grand Prix victories in one day.
He was also a six-time Isle of Man TT winner - taking double wins in 1963, 1964 and 1965 in the lightweight and junior races - and retired in 1966 after being injured at that year’s Belgian Grand Prix and with 45 Grand Prix wins under his belt.
Joining Redman on this year’s bill is Douglas Lampkin who won five consecutive World Indoor and seven consecutive World Outdoor Championships, four World Team Championships, six British Adult Championships, two Spanish Adult Championships and the Scott Trial on four occasions.
It’s been 40 years since Barry Sheene lifted the first of his two 500 GP World Championships. To celebrate, his 76 and 77 championship winning bikes are back in the UK and this is the first time both have been on display here together.
There’ll be plenty of thrills courtesy of the Two Bros Stunt Team and the Moto Stunts International team.
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The latter has eight-10 motorcycle riders including Britain’s top female motorcycle stunt rider and skilled trick and freestyle display jumpers. It’s also one of the UK’s largest car stunt display teams and one of few to include cars, race quads, motorcycle stunts and specialist vehicles. Stunts include jumps, high-speed moving ramp jumps, fire and more.
Want more? Ken Fox’s Wall of Death is one of only two shows of its kind left in the country and sees riders performing stunts 18ft off the ground on a vertical circular wall.
As well as Moto Stunts International’s three shows, grand ring entertainment incluces a Motoball display, a cavalcade of bikes from the past; vintage speedway bikes, demonstrations by the Norwich Newstars Youth Grasstrack Club, CAMRider motorcycle training, motorcycle manufacturers’ promotional vehicles, hundreds of trade stands, more than 50 motorcycle club stands, large auto jumble, show bikes and live music from Beautiful Dangerous.
If nostalgia’s your thing, David Silver Spares Museum of Classic Honda Motorcycles is worth a visit. It’s one of the largest collections of vintage Honda motorcycles, memorabilia and history dating back to Honda’s inception in the late 1940s.
More than 150 motorcycles from 50 manufacturers will be on show in the new Trinity Exhibition Hall and the Custom Marquee on the day, with bike ages ranging from 1915 to the present day. Even the bike park itself is an attraction with thousands of bikes on show.
The Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club is a non-profit making organisation, with all its members giving their time and efforts for free.
Chairman David Baldry says: “We feel really proud to be staging our 25th show and we want our visitors to share in the club’s celebration. If the weather is kind, we’re confident we will break our attendance record.”
The club has donated more than £380,000 to charities and good causes to date. More thanr 30 different organisations have benefited, including SERV Suffolk and Cambridge, Suffolk Family Carers, Treehouse Appeal, E.A.C.H, S.A.R.S, Ipswich Hospital, CLIC, East Anglian Air Ambulance and MAGPAS.
Visit their website for more details.