Saturday, 25 April 2009

In Motion: Ridesafe Backsafe Rendezvous 2009

There is always something to do in Blackpool... but if touristy, fairground, party nights aren't your thing then there is always something else.  Believe it or not there is a big community for motoring in Blackpool and one such event that brings in the two wheeled variety is the Ridesafe Backsafe Rendezvous organised by the local Constabulary.  Now that doesn't sound very promising; until you turn up to the event that is.
In a small arena they stage various displays of motorcycling talent... be it a multiple world record holding stunt rider, a stunt display team or a bike control test, there is plenty to see, as well as hear with a live band performing throughout the day.
The main attraction for me was Dave Coates, a world record holding stunt rider.  He holds multiple world records, including, 20, feet up donuts in a minute (this record was actually broken a couple of weeks ago), fastest speed whilst sat on the bike backwards, 151.7mph, longest distance travelled whilst stood on the bike (bike surfing). 
The man is simply a genius on a motorcycle.

Bike surfing... he hopes to do this for somewhere in the region of 8-10 miles.  Yes, that will include turning!!!
It's burnout time :D :D :D

The tyre finally gave way shortly after this monstrous burnout, 
with lets say more than a big bang.
And just to prove that you don't need a big expensive bike to do it all on, here's Dave on his 50cc scooter.
Thumbs up from Dave and a thumbs up from me.
Even though he was riding a quad he still wanted to be on two wheels.  He just couldn't help it. The man is annoyingly talented.
There wasn't only Dave performing; Motor Stunt International, also performed, and you could say there display was far more daring... but i preferred Dave's personally.

Hundreds upon hundreds of people turned up to see what was going on, most of them, of course were bikers.
A special paint job on one of the many bikes in the bike park.
The Ridesafe Backsafe Rendezvous, held at St. Chad's headland, in between the Central and South Piers.

No comments:

Post a Comment