Ipswich: World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty at Copdock Motorcycle Show
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With four times World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty as its guest of honour, organisers say this year’s 22nd Copdock Motorcycle Show will be the best yet.
Thousands of bikers from across England and Europe will park up at Trinity Park, Ipswich, this Sunday for the event, staged by The Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club.
“Last year we had more than 150 show bikes pre-registered, 500 bikes entered on club stands, more than 50 individual bike clubs stands and 200 trade stands pre-booked. The early signs are we could even top this for the 22nd show, making it certainly one to remember,” says chairman David Baldry.
Sunday’s line up includes Fogarty, whose gutsy, aggressive style and determination to win at all costs resulted in four World Superbike titles and eight world crowns.
Growing up in a racing family, dad George was a road racer, Foggy as he’s known to fans was comfortable riding his early bikes in the fields surrounding his Blackburn home. His competitive debut did not come until he was 14 and from local motocross racing he soon realised he wanted to follow in his dad’s tracks and immediately showed his natural talent on the club scene.
Also appearing is stunt rider Kevin Carmichael, known for his unique riding style and tricks which have been adopted by professional stunt riders around the world. He was the first person to wheelie a superbike with no front wheel or forks and also has achieved this stunt with a passenger. He was also the rider who first started using a brake mounted on the handlebars, which has been copied by every stunt rider in the world.
Show organisers are pleased to welcome back Ken Fox’s Wall of Death, the only one of its kind in the country, featuring riders performing stunts 18ft off the ground on a vertical circular wall.
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It’s just been revealed Orwell Motorcycles will have three times British Superbike Champion John Reynolds on their stand and Blast From The Past vintage speedway racing will be riding some of their vintage bikes in the main arena.
The grand ring will host a display of Moto-ball, a sport started after the First World War by British army dispatch riders; and two cavalcades of bikes from the past.
More than 150 motorcycles from 50 manufactures will be on show in the Trinity exhibition hall on the day, with bike ages ranging from 1915 to the present day; never mind the bike park itself.
Other attractions include race teams, the show’s main sponsor CAM Rider (motorcycle training) will be in the tarmac arena, there will be Pre-65 scramblers displays from race teams past and present, trial bike riding displays from local club enthusiasts, hundreds of trade stands, more than 50 motorcycle club stands, a large auto jumble, show bikes all under cover, live music from Humdingers, real ale from the award-winning Dove Street Inn and much more.
Entry is just £8 for adults, with accompanied under 14s free.
Tickets will also be on-sale at the CCMC stand for this year’s grand draw. The prize is a 1972 750cc Norton Commando Fastback worth more than £5,000. This year all the proceeds of the draw will go to the SERV Suffolk and Cambridge Bloodrunners.
Visit www.copdock-cmc.co.uk for more details.