THE first ever Motorbike Show in Llangollen got off to a flying start – attracting bikers from across Britain.
The area is already a Mecca for motorbikes and the ride up to the Horseshoe Pass is an established favourite.
It was a dream come true for organiser David Green, from Xuberance Events, who was delighted with the turn-out at the inaugural show.
And he vowed the Motorbike Show would be bigger and better next year.
David said: “We asked for the support of riders and they have come in their droves. The weather has been a big help.
“I have been saying for years Llangollen is the ideal location for a Motorbike Show because this area is already a popular destination for motorcyclists from all over the UK.
“The steep and winding A542 road up to the Horseshoe Pass regularly tops bikers’ polls as a favourite ride. I think what we have done is prove we have a superb venue and we can grow this event into a major show.
“It’s a celebration of the motorbike in all its forms and there was a fabulous array of bikes – every discipline being represented.”
On the first morning there were more than 250 motorbikes.
One of the exhibits that drew most admiring glances was a historic bike believed to have carried the German Kaiser’s letter of surrender to the Allies at the end of the First World War.
The 550cc Triumph Model H, built in Coventry in 1916, was the centrepiece of a collection of bikes owned by Dilwyn Jones and his family from Froncysyllte.
Mr Jones said: “The Triumph Model H is the star of the show and there’s been a huge amount of interest in it. We are very lucky to own such a famous machine.”
Apart from the bikes on show, there was plenty to entertain the crowds, including stunts from Airraid FMX who performed aerial feats in freestyle motocross and trials displays by the Llangollen and District Motorcycle Club.