Sep 102015
Museum volunteer Symon Hollingdale with star guest Carl Fogarty

Museum volunteer Symon Hollingdale with the event’s star guest Carl Fogarty

With thanks to Martyn Smith.

The 33rd Grampian Motorcycle Convention took place at the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, on Sunday 6th September. 5259 ‘delegates’ attended, the second biggest crowd in the event’s 33 year history.

Visitors to the event – one of the best of its kind in Britain – enjoyed a day of fantastic entertainment and action. This year the weather was on side too, in stark contrast to the atrocious weather conditions visitors endured in 2014.

Visitors with a driving licence were able to take part in the action, with a free 15 minute session on the ‘Try Trails’ which proved very popular.

Inside the arena there was entertainment, with the On the Edge stunt team, providing demonstrations which combined trails riding, motocross and precision riding. The pursuit and Supermoto races proved as popular as ever, demonstrating speedway style riding skills in front of a packed grandstand.

This year the organisers were delighted to welcome 4 times world Superbike champion and King of the Jungle Carl Fogarty as the Convention’s star guest. Carl proved to be a real hit with the public and was happy to pose for selfies and sign autographs.

The finale of the event came in the form of the Moped Mayhem and with 49 teams signed up, organisers found themselves turning away late entries.

The Grampian Motorcycle Convention is run by the Bon Accord Motorcycle Club and is a regular fixture in the museum’s busy outdoor programme. The 34th Convention is due to be held on Sunday 4th September 2016.

Sep 042015

With thanks to Martyn Smith.

MopedMayhemGTMThe 33rd Grampian Motorcycle Convention takes place at the Grampian Transport Museum showground this Sunday 6th September.
Having grown from its vintage and classic roots into the museum’s biggest event of the year, the Convention is justifiably recognised as one of the very best motorcycle shows in Britain.

Performing throughout the day will be the On the Edge stunt team – providing a unique mix of precision riding, the skills of a trials rider mixed with those of a freestyle motocross rider.

Using their truck as part of their act, On the Edge are guaranteed to impress with a mix of wheelies on both the front and back wheels, drop offs and vertical 15ft jumps. Their show has to be seen to be believed!

The convention famously introduced Moped Mayhem to Scotland back in 1984 and this year will be no different, with the moped riders ensuring a laugh a minute – all at a top speed of 30mph!

This year the Convention is delighted to welcome 4 times World Superbike champion and current ‘King of the Jungle’ Carl Fogarty as special guest.
Run by the Bon Accord Motorcycle Club the Convention line up is complete with Supermoto Racing on the oval track, demonstrating speedway style riding skills, along with Pursuit Racing demonstrating road bikes racing at high speed. There are also Classic Bike demonstrations including legendary names of the past such as Triumph and Norton.

The latest two-wheeled machines and accessories will be on display at a great trade show and visitors with a current bike license will also be able to get ‘hands on’ with the action, with a free 15 minute lesson on the Try Trials.

With free parking and a FREE Park & Ride service, great food and expert commentary make the Convention a truly special day out and one which enthusiasts regularly travel hundreds of miles to attend.

Gates open at 10am and the arena activities get underway at 11am. Family tickets are available, priced at just £25, admission for adults is £10, children £5 and concessions £7.

Sep 052013

With thanks to Chris Anderson, Marketing and Events Organiser, Grampian Transport Museum.

Super1The 31st annual Grampian Motorcycle Convention, organised by the Bon Accord Motorcycle Club, takes place on Sunday 8 September at Alford’s Grampian Transport Museum, with its usual host of exciting events, displays and entertainment.
Gates open at 1000 and the action starts at 1100.

Admission is £10 for adults, £7 for concessions, £5 for children, and £25 for a family.

Highlights will include supermoto racing, pursuit racing and displays of classic and vintage motorbikes. The ever-popular Moped Mayhem will take place during the day along with a brand new Moto Gymkhana event for 2013.

Star act

This year’s star act is Belgian freestyle trials rider, Fred Crosset.

Hailing from Henri Chapelle in east Belgium, Crosset has been riding bikes most of his life. He has ridden at World Championship level in trials and with no fewer than eleven Belgian trials championship triumphs, two USA trials championship wins and a couple of Belgian Enduro championship titles, there is no doubt that Fred is an exciting off- road rider.

Tired of doing the same old thing, Fred turned his attention to freestyle riding, negotiating his way up and over street obstacles in cities and towns to the amazement of anyone who saw him.

Dealers and trade stands will be onsite offering the latest in motorbikes and accessories.

Museum curator, Mike Ward is looking forward to the event. Mike commented:

The Grampian Motorcycle Convention is Scotland’s biggest motorcycle event and there is a packed programme of entertainment inside and outside the arena with some fantastic guests including Fred Crosset, who is sure to wow the watching crowds.”

Aug 102012

Justin Smith has been seeking police help and public awareness of the issues surrounding motorbike theft in our area.  Not quite satisfied with his experiences so far with the police and the press, he shares his story with Aberdeen Voice.  By Justin Smith.

As a keen motorcyclist, I have many friends who are bikers and love to get together for a Sunday run or a social gathering.

Many of us are members of groups on Face Book, where we can chat about events, funny incidents or gripes about local roads, the police and local bike thieves.

After a number of recent events and the ensuing anger on various group pages I decided to contact a reporter I had dealt with before.

She works for the Evening Express and I hoped they would print a story and try to help deal with the current situation.

I wrote a short piece, raising a few points of concern and I was told they would put it into print. What they printed on 26/07/2012 was a laughable PR spin on how the Police were on top of the situation. That’s not uncommon in the way things are presented to the public, I’m afraid.

The story I presented to them was pretty much as follows-

There is a known problem with motorcycle thieves in Aberdeen, whether it’s in Sheddocksly, Garthdee or elsewhere. Not only do these people steal the much-loved motorbikes of hard-working people, but  they then race around on the stolen bikes at all times of day with no regard for their communities.

They are often seen riding off road, on green areas, where they are a hazard to local people out walking and generally a noisy irritation. The bikes often end up burned out.

One resident in Sheddocksly who wished to remain anonymous reports:

” On Tuesday 17/7/12, a youth on a motorcycle was observed riding around Sheddocksly in the vicinity of Lerwick Road, between17:00-18:00.  The rider had no helmet on and had also made some effort to hide his face. The bike is evidently stolen from its condition- the front headlight is missing and the number plate has been removed.”

The resident reported what he had seen to Grampian Police shortly afterwards, and was told a car would be dispatched and an officer would contact him. That was on Tuesday 17/07/12, but no one came to see him and collect the photographs he had taken until the following Tuesday the 24th.  A swift and appropriate response time I’m sure you will agree!

The police have, however, been running Operation Trinity in an effort to reduce antisocial biking since June 2011. Grampian Police said calls of concern about irresponsible offending had fallen by 69%. The force revealed that 47 reports of anti-social biking had been received in 2011, compared to 151 for the same period in 2010.

The claimed statistics of success are not being borne out in the communities where offences are taking place.

I believe the reduced calls of concern are due to members of the public giving up on Grampian Police rather than any degree of success. One officer was recently heard to say there is an ‘Epidemic’ of stolen bikes.

So despite the claimed successes of Operation Trinity, it seems more like ‘Operation Donut’ based on the poor police response to the aforementioned call and the escalating level of motorcycle theft.

The police aren’t even allowed to chase these criminals in case they are hurt while trying to evade capture or even injure an innocent passer-by. It is hardly surprising that Grampian Police are demoralised, considering the man hours they have to put in with limited resources and then the courts just let these thieves off!

While I feel the police often do a difficult job very well, there appears to be a gaping hole in our criminal justice system as things stand.  This is particularly the case with Juvenile defendants, who despite many previous offences walk away unpunished.

Such offenders know they will be treated leniently due to being minors and as such there is no deterrent.  How about some serious community service in their own neighbourhoods so they are publicly shamed? 200+ hours of picking up litter, cleaning pavements of gum, painting over graffiti, etc?

I have observed in court the pathetic punitive action taken against people in relation to serious offences and it is laughable to see the horse trading that goes on and the complete failure of the courts to appropriately punish offenders such that it acts as a deterrent. That is at the heart of the issue.

If the Justice system is failing those it is meant to protect. People will take matters into their own hands to protect what’s theirs because they can’t rely on the rule of law.

Please have a look at the attached pictures, perhaps readers could identify him? It may help the community to deal with these people.

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