WOW, WHAT A SHOW!
The doors have closed on the 2016 Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show, following three days of action-packed entertainment that saw thousands of motorcycle fans and biking celebs pass through the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands. The event’s live auction saw over one hundred bikes sold including one for a staggering £176,000.
Kicking the event off on Thursday morning, British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph used the Show’s central London location to hold the World launch of their latest machine, the Tiger Sport 1050. Flying in from America, Triumph stunt rider Ernie Vigils performed a short display at the front of the ExCeL Centre whilst brand ambassador and four time World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty entertained fans by riding the machine round the live action arena.
16 of the world’s largest manufacturers showcased their latest 2016 machines, including; Aprilia, Bimota, BMW, Brough Superior, Ducati, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Peugeot, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Victory and Yamaha.
Greeting fans immediately through the main entrance was a special 20th anniversary celebration of the British Superbike Championship, featuring eight of the most iconic machines from the series’ history. Joining the title winning motorcycles were five BSB legends; Niall Mackenzie, Neil Hodgson, Chris Walker, John Reynolds and Tommy Hill. These five, alongside Isle of Man TT hero John McGuinness kept fans entertained throughout the weekend in the high-octane thrills and spills free live action show, ‘Slide’ sponsored by Michelin.
Current Road Racing and Superbike stars appeared throughout the three days, with the likes of Ian Hutchinson, Michael Dunlop, Shane Byrne, Glen Irwin, Michael Laverty, Peter Hickman and Christian Iddon turning up to unveil 2016 plans, liveries and meet the many fans. It wasn’t just Race stars either, as Richard Hammond, James May and Charlie Boorman also made appearances at the London event.
One very popular attraction was the special Joey Dunlop tribute, which featured many of the Road Racing legend’s race winning machines alongside rare memorabilia and trophies– many of which hadn’t been seen outside his immediate family before.
Away from the racing, visitors to the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show on Saturday were able to witness only the second ever COYS motorcycle auction which saw over 100 rare and exotic machines go under the hammer. The auction saw a number of bargains being snapped up by collectors, whilst the Moto Guzzi 500GP V8 Evocation went for a staggering £176,000!
The third annual London Custom Bike Championship was hotly contested with ten unique machines from across Europe battling for a £12,000 prize purse. After showcasing the outstanding machines throughout the weekend, the eventual winner was crowned Sunday afternoon.
Showgoers had the opportunity to buy new products from the best brands in biking and pick up some special show bargains on riding kit.
Check out the 2016 gallery below...