The annual International Dirt Bike Show is undoubtedly the place to view the latest and greatest 2013 motocross, enduro, trail and trial machinery, parts, accessories, clothing and gadgets; see the racing stars of the past, present and future; indulge in a spot of retail therapy and meet up with like-minded off-road enthusiasts. But, the biggest dedicated off-road show in Europe is far more than a simple shop window or platform for shop talk, because, like the various sports it represents, it caters for the whole family.
“There are many calls upon the family budget these days,” explains Show organiser Joanne Watson, “So we don’t charge an admission fee for accompanied children aged ten and under. Off road sport has always attracted youngsters and has often been the proving ground for multi-discipline motorcycle champions of the future, and so we want to make the show as accessible as possible for them. But, it’s not just the children who can benefit, as we are again offering adults the chance to gain ultra-low-cost admission by offering half-priced entrance on Thursday 1st November 2012. We also provide free parking, which we feel is very welcome these days, and the souvenir Show Guide is also completely free.”
The free stuff doesn’t stop there, as once inside the Stoneleigh Park halls there is plenty on offer. Visitors with younger family members will be well advised to head over to hall four early in the day to secure a slot at the first-ever My First Honda Licence at the Dirt Bike Show. Here, children from the ages of five to 11 can experience the fun of riding a 50cc motorcycle on a specially designed circuit in complete safety and with expert tuition. Elsewhere in the hall, just as much fun, but without the engine, Strider balance bikes, for toddlers of 18 months through to youngsters of five years, will teach balance and co-ordination. The Strider team will instruct children to propel themselves on the bikes and then hold mini races throughout the weekend.
For those who’d rather let others take the strain, Danny Butler is back with his Extreme Mountain Bike Show. Butler and crew were incredibly popular last year with their on-stage stunts and choreographed routines, and they’ve promised to be even more daring and spectacular for the 2012 Show. Also making a welcome return visit is popular TV commentator Jack Burnicle, who will host the activities on the main stage throughout the four-day period of the Show.
“With various competitions on the go, goodies and autographs to collect, plenty of comfortable resting places and coffee stops, plus the reassurance that comes from it being an alcohol-free Show, we believe the International Dirt Bike Show is pretty much THE dirt-biking family hub, and we hope our visitors will agree,” concluded Watson.
Advance tickets, offering substantial discounts, are now on sale from The Ticket Factory on 0844 581 0735, or via the box office link on www.dirtbikeshow.co.uk