Festival – Kings Hall

festival-launch-jan-2015-250The final details of this years 2015 Adelaide Black Horse Motorcycle Festival, which takes place at the King’s Hall Pavilion in Belfast from February 6th-8th, were presented this week at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Belfast.

Right To Ride took up the invite for the breakfast press event which covered the aspects of the festival, organised for the 20th year by Nutt Promotions and attracting a record number of visitors in 2014.

The press event started with a message from the festival sponsors – Sam Geddis MD, Adelaide Motorbike Insurance which is now a brand of Cornmarket Insurance Services and festival sponsor said, “We continue to support motorcycling by investing in sponsorship and motorcycle safety initiatives like our Adelaide Advanced Motorcyclists Group, that enables motorcyclists to become Advanced Riders and thereby, safer bikers. This in turn helps to reduce their motorbike insurance costs if they insure with Adelaide. Visit the Group at the Festival for the latest show offer. The 2015 Adelaide Masters Series, Ireland’s biggest motorcycle racing series, officially launches at the Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival on Saturday, 7 February revealing details of the championship at both Mondello Park and Bishopscourt.”

Dave Macey, Black Horse Finance – Market & Franchise Development Manager, added: “We hope everyone attending this year’s Festival will have a thoroughly enjoyable time with what promises to be a great event, showcasing all that the motorcycle world has to offer.”

Festival Line Up

Stuart Easton joins a star-studded line-up at the festival, Stuart was in a class of his own as the popular Scotsman returned to the Macau Grand Prix in November for the first time in four years. It was Stuart’s fourth Macau GP victory, adding to his successes in 2008, 2009 and 2010 before serious injury saw him miss the 2011 race.

A double British Supersport champion, Stuart returned to the MCE British Superbike Championship last year and won the Riders Cup for Paul Bird’s Kawasaki team.

Martin Barr our top motocross rider will be competing on KTM machinery backed by the KTM UK Importer and will be running his own team. He is looking forward to a good season and free from injury.

Both Dunlop brothers – William who will be riding for the local TAS team on BMW machinery and his younger brother Michael riding the Milwaukee Yamaha will be making appearances during the show as will Alastair Seeley who like William is also on BMW’s.
Stuart Easton 2014 Macau GP Winner will be making a return appearance.

Mar-Train Racing’s Dean Harrison, Honda Racing’s Conor Cummins and Dubliner Jack Kennedy, who will compete in BSB this year for Team WD-40 Kawasaki, are also among the special guests in attendance at the Festival over the course of the weekend.

Festival Bikes

festival-launch-jan-2015-pic1-250Floor space at this year’s festival is completely sold out, not only in the main King’s Hall Pavilion, but the Alexandra Hall is also filling up quickly with classic and vintage machines and auto jumble.

An amazing display of machinery will be exhibited in this hall, with the star of the show being a 1911 Royal Enfield V-twin.

There will also be a special display of Suzuki RG500 Grand Prix racing bikes, plus the Gold Wing Club will be present with a display of their magnificent machines.

All the major manufacturers are represented, including Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, BMW, Honda, Ducati, KTM, Harley Davison, Triumph, AJS and WK.

Yamaha’s eagerly-anticipated R1-M will take centre stage along with Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 MotoGP special.

An updated version of BMW’s very successful S1000RR will also be on show, along with Moto Plus Kawasaki showing new h2. All major manufacturers will have all the latest models available to them on show.

The Off-Road Village has now been filled with the latest bikes and visitors will be able to obtain all the information they need about events planned in 2015.

The Northern Ireland Karting Association [NIKA] will also be on hand to provide details on how to become involved in the sport.

Special Emphasis

A special emphasis this year has been placed on career opportunities in the motorcycle industry and as such, it is anticipated that a large number of students from across Ireland will avail of the chance to examine the possibilities that may be open to them.

Students from schools, colleges and universities will be able to gain free entry at the special time of 12 noon on Friday, February 6th. Students will also be granted free admission on Saturday and Sunday, February 7th-8th when accompanied by an adult, who will receive half-price admission.

In addition to the main exhibition of the latest machinery, the PSNI will again be in attendance to promote the BikeSafe initiative in partnership with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Right To Ride – You can also pick up the Biker NI Safety (CRASH) Card on the Bikesafe stand – www.bikernisafetycard.org

The 2015 Adelaide Masters Series, Ireland’s biggest motorcycle racing series, will be officially launched at the Festival and details of the championship will be available all weekend at the Mondello Park stand.

Official Charity

The official charity for the 2015 Adelaide/Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival will be Eilish Degnan Cancer Foundation.

Formed by Eilish’s son, Gerry Degnan, the aim of the charity is to raise funds to help children suffering from all forms of terminal illness.

www.eilish-degnan-cancer-foundation.org

Chat Shows

Compere Matt Roberts presenter for World Superbikes & British Superbikes on Euro sport will host the ever popular chat shows.

With guest adventurer Geoff Hill who will be given talks and slide shows of his travel around the world.

The 2015 Adelaide Black Horse Motorcycle Festival has something for everyone and opens to the public from 2pm-10pm on Friday, February 6th and from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, February 7th-8th.

Admission is £12, (£6 for senior citizens), while children under the age of 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

For further information visit motorcyclefest.tv 

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