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Bike fest, a hit

Friday, July 04, 2014    

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LAST week Sunday's Portland Bike Festival at the Ken Jones Aerodrome in St Margaret's Bay, Portland, was an overwhelming success, according to event organiser Paul Young.

"First of all, I must say I'm happy the event was incident free. This was our biggest crowd to date," Young told Auto.

He attributed to the increase in attendance to the number of improvements that were made to the venue.

"Our biggest problem was lights, so we had light towers," he explained.

Other changes included an impressive kiddies area, and the arrangement of the vendors' row of which title sponsor, Superior Auto Parts, was part of.

"The whole thing became a big family day and those that wanted to conduct business and take advantage of the offers on hand from Superior could do so easily," he said.

In addition to two-wheeled action, the entertainment package provided quite entertaining and featured dancehall's energy god Elephant Man and Little Hero. There was also an unbilled performance from special guest King Yellowman.

"Portland loves bikes," Young added.

The day's action started around 1:00 pm when the Drivers Rallysport Club opened things up with their AutoDex Championship series. They may not have had two-wheels, but the audience was glued to the four-wheeled action. A small break saw the bikes take over for a quick exhibition as the AutoDex top ten was calculated. When completed, the bikes returned pulling off an impressive array of stunts and high-speed races only the venue of a type of the Ken Jones Aerodrome could support with its extra long runway. Late into the night, the entertainers did their thing much to the delight of the crowd.

With the next Bike Festival scheduled for Boxing Day, Young is already making his plans.

"We are trying to get an overseas stunt rider and the entertainment package will reflect the season as we're trying to keep the family theme going," he said.

— Rory Daley

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