Motorbike fans get into gear in Telford

Thousands of motorbike enthusiasts from across the world descended on Shropshire for a massive two-day show.

About 8,000 people packed into Telford International Centre on Saturday and Sunday for the Telford Twin Shock, Classic & Road Racing Show.

The annual event was back in Shropshire for the sixth time this year and organiser Alan Wright said the 2014 show had been the most successful to date.

He said people had travelled from as far afield as the USA, Holland and Portugal to attend the event, which Mr Wright said was the biggest of its kind in the world.

There was a buzz around the giant hall on both mornings as people got to the venue early ahead of the keynote talks later in the day.

Visitors of all ages poured into the venue as soon as doors opened on both days, with children aged under 15 able to get in for free.

Motorbike enthusiasts young and old browsed dozens of stalls set out around the bottom floors of Telford International Centre, with more than 500 road race, trials, grass track, speedway and motocross machines from the 1930s to the year 2000, including many famous factory machines in their original condition, on display.

People posed for photos with some of their favourite machines, with hundreds of motorbikes dotted around the main halls.

The event also featured talks from a range of special guest speakers, including Ian Hutchinson, a motorcycle road racer who required 30 operations after a crash in 2010 that shattered his left leg.

He spoke about his comeback from injury, as well as his hugely successful career which saw him become the only man ever to win 5 TTs in one year.

Also at the event over the course of the weekend was American Brad Lackey, the former 500cc Motocross World Championship winner and eight-times Isle of Man TT winner Charlie Williams.

Mr Wright, from Stratford-upon-Avon, said about 5,000 people had come to the show on Saturday, with an estimated 3,000 people expected over the course of the day on Sunday.

"It is the biggest one yet," he said.

"Everybody has been very complimentary. They all keep saying it is the best show yet and I think it is true.

"There are better displays, more variety and better bikes.

"It is the only show of its kind in the world that is this big."

The event was previously held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, before being moved to Telford.

Among those visiting this year's show were Chris and Dawn Bradley, from Redditch.

The pair travelled up from Worcestershire on Sunday morning to take in the second day of the show, which they said had been recommended to go to the event by friends.

Mr Bradley said they had enjoyed their first visit to the show.

"I used to be a racer in the 1980s so it is bringing back the memories. It is good," he said.

Also in attendance were John and Wendy Thomas, from Swansea.

They were at the event on both days after travelling up from South Wales.

Mrs Thomas said: "We have come up for the weekend and made a long weekend of it."

Mr Thomas said he had a particular interest in some of the older motorbikes and thought the event had been "excellent".

John Hemsley, from Bristol, was exhibiting at the event, showing off a range of classic bikes.

He said it was his third or fourth year at the show, which had been the busiest he could remember.

"There have probably been more people here because the weather has been good," he said.

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