BMAD festival a great success

BMAD Festival News – Monday 7th May 2012

Despite the event starting under cold grey and drizzly skies, for the first time in three years the sun made a very welcome appearance on the final day of the event and the crowds flocked to the BMAD Music and Bike Festival (which took place on Paignton Green over the bank holiday weekend Friday 4th– Sunday 6th May 2012), helping to raise over £13,000 for good causes. A substantial increase over the £9,000 raised during the 2011 festival.

The sun had made a brief appearance on the Saturday afternoon, attracting the crowds to the BMAD (Bikers Make A Difference) organised event, but it was on the Sunday when everything really came alive.

“A show like ours is so weather dependent” said BMAD Chairman Andy Hobbs, “on Saturday morning it was grey and overcast with low visitor numbers, but once the clouds lifted a bit and it got brighter, the crowds came out.”

“We had around 1,000 bikes visit on Saturday, but when the sky cleared and the sun came out, visitor numbers rocketed and the site looked fantastic filled with bikers and families enjoying a day out. We think many people had come to visit the newly opened Geo-park play area and wandered over to take a look at what was going on, I hoped they liked what they saw and will come again next year.”

“The bikes just kept arriving; we filled the Esplanade from end to end, including the overflow parking area on the Southern Green and if we had anymore we would have had to park them on the beach (joke), at the least the tide was going out!”

“With over 1,350 bikes counted on Sunday, the total for the whole festival was around the 2,500 mark, so as ever it is a big thank you to all those bikers who made the effort. Without them BMAD would be unable to raise the funds which help so many needy people around Torbay and South Devon.”

Highlights of the music side were standout sets from festival favourites and Seaton’s finest ‘The ZZ Tops’, probably the best ZZ Top tribute act around. Whilst stars of the local Ska scene ‘The Simmertones’ brought a crowd of fans who helped pack out the band tent, bringing the event to a fantastic conclusion. The crowd being revved up by Simmertones very own cheerleader ‘Skatacus’, complete with full Roman centurion costume!

“Bands love coming to play the BMAD festival” says Hobbs, “and thanks to the support of our friends at Plymouth Harley-Davidson, we are able to lay on a full professional sound and light system, with a 20,000 watt PA and 8,000 watt monitor system. All the bands have to do is turn up, plug in and play to a crowd of around 1,000 people every night. They love it and always want to come back.”

“We had a full programme of around 15 hours of live music this year, it’s great to be able offer local talent a chance to impress in front of a large crowd in their local environment.

Traders attending were not only drawn to the event from the South West but as far afield as London and South Wales, whilst wowing the crowds in the main ring was Steve Colley, the skills of Isle of Man based motorcycle trials rider Steve Colley have to be seen to be believed. A multiple championship winner, Steve does things with motorcycles that we mere mortals would consider impossible, how he rode his bike up the vertical side of a van the crowd will never know!

Visitors saw some fantastic bikes in the well-attended custom show, as the wacky and the wondrous came together to chase the cash prizes on offer for class victories and the overall title sponsored by BMAD supported ‘The Inn on the Green’.

Newton Abbot’s Terry Arnold, carried out a 400 mile round business trip on the Saturday to ensure he got back to the festival on time and his efforts were well rewarded when his Yamaha Dragstar was awarded first prize in the class for ‘Cruiser and Custom’ bikes.

Biggest winner of the weekend was Hayden Meredith, the proprietor of ‘The Trike Shop’ in Cardiff, South Wales, whose latest creation ‘3 of 3’ not only won ‘Best Trike’ but also the prestigious award for ‘Best in Show’.

The festival marks the opening of the BMAD season, shortly followed by Paignton’s ever popular Bikes Nights which are held every Wednesday week night from June until September. BMAD raise money to go to charities, which include sick and disabled children and their families/carers of Torbay, Devon Air Ambulance, Devon Freewheelers (aka Blood Bikes) and St John Ambulance.

The first Festival was held in May 2005 and proved to be a total success not just for our charities but also for all concerned including the many sponsors and traders that attended.

BMAD background information

BMAD started way back in 2002 with an idea by the founders of ‘Bikers Make A Difference’ Kelvin and Jane Halloran, which was to have a social gathering of bikers on Paignton Seafront in Devon, they wanted to raise money for charity and have a good time as well.

Over the years this is exactly what has happened, Paignton Bike Night finally saw its birth in 2003 and has gone on to become the longest running and largest regular social gathering of bikers in the South West of England.

Each year on Paignton Seafront there is regularly a mile of bikes parked side by side every Wednesday evening from May to Sept. Bikers mix with locals and holiday makers alike, the bikers enjoying chips, coffee or ice cream, the locals walk their dogs and the holiday makers stroll through the bikes enjoying the evening sunshine whilst walking off their evening meals! The atmosphere is wonderful!

Beware – Police target bikers in Devon and Cornwall speed crackdown

In an effort to reduce the rise in motorcycle casualties across Devon and Cornwall there will be an increased presence of safety cameras, particularly at weekends and evenings during the summer period when bikers are more at risk of collisions.
The number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured across the two counties has risen dramatically this year and this is a growing concern for all sectors of the community. Motorcyclists make up just 1% of road traffic but, in 2011, represented 30% of road fatalities in our region. Every one of these deaths results in terrible personal grief and trauma that lasts for years for the families and loved ones left behind.
The roads are notoriously busy at this time of the year and speed is a major contributory factor in the majority of road traffic collisions throughout the region. There are additional risks for motorcyclists, however, who are less protected and whose vehicles have less contact with the road surface than cars, particularly when overtaking or negotiating bends.
While many collisions are caused by other drivers failing to see the motorbike, fatalities and serious injuries are often down to riders losing control. Riding within the legal speed limits should greatly reduce the number and severity of these crashes.
The highly visible mobile enforcement units will be deployed to both existing and new sites, particularly on known biker routes.
Inspector Richard Pryce, Head of Roads Policing said,
“It is vital that motorcyclists understand their vulnerability on the roads. Whilst it’s right to enjoy riding, there is a need to ride sensibly and legally. We have some of the most beautiful routes to ride in the South West, but travelling at speed or riding in an aggressive manner will potentially lead to a collision and injury.
We must reduce the number of injury collisions involving motorcyclists on our roads. In an effort to do this we are mounting educational and enforcement campaigns in support of the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership and publicising we are doing so. Riders must take responsibility for their actions on the road, in the same way as all other road users. Safe and sensible riders are welcome, but those who choose to ride outside the law will be dealt with robustly when detected, whether that be through an educational course or prosecution.”

Plymouth woman charged over death of biker on A38

A WOMAN has been charged in connection with a traffic incident which resulted in the death of Plymouth father-of-three Paul Henderson. Devon and Cornwall Police yesterday announced that a 57-year-old Plymouth woman has been charged with ‘causing death by careless / inconsiderate driving’ following the fatal road traffic collision on January 30 this year. The woman has been bailed to attend Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on June 6. Mr Henderson, a Plymouth motorcyclist, died after a collision involving his blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and three other vehicles. The incident happened on the St Budeaux slip-road on the A38 Parkway. Following his death his devastated family members and friends described him as a “gentle giant”. The 45-year-old left behind his wife, Jackie, his sons Robert and Andrew, his daughter, Sarah, his parents, Carol and Gordon, as well as his brother and sister, David and Julie. He also left his two grandchildren, Harvey and Azura and his future grandchild who is due in the summer. In a heart-felt tribute the family said: “Paul was nothing but a saint, a gentle giant who was not just a husband, father, son, brother or grandson, but the whole foundation of his family. “Words cannot describe how much he is going to be missed by everyone.”

Motorcyclist found dead on Plymouth road

A motorcyclist was killed in a horrific late-night accident in Devonport. The 53-year-old Plymouth man was pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle incident. A passing driver called the emergency services at 12.50am yesterday after finding the man at the side of Park Avenue. The accident took place near Devonport Park and the traffic lights at the junction of Ferry Road. The victim, who has not been named, had been riding a green Triumph motorcycle. Police and the ambulance service attended the scene and the man was pronounced dead. It is believed he suffered severe head injuries.

Investigating officers are appealing for information about the incident. A police spokesman said: “The single motorcyclist was found at the side of the road at about 12.50am. “No other vehicles were thought to be involved. “We would like to hear from any witnesses who either saw the incident or saw a green Triumph motorcycle in the area shortly before the incident. “The motorcycle was coming from the direction of the city centre – perhaps someone saw the vehicle passing the petrol station, by the mini roundabout linking to Fore Street, shortly before the location of the incident.”

Tributes paid to motorcyclist killed in collision with bus on Saturday

THE FAMILY of a man who was killed after his motorbike came into collision with a bus have told how he “loved life”. Peter Ringrose, from Fore Street, Bugle, was riding a motorbike and sidecar on Roche Road, travelling towards Bugle, when he and a single-decker Western Greyhound bus collided at around 5pm on Saturday. The 46-year-old Imerys’ worker, who had ridden motorbikes for about 30 years, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one on the bus was injured. Mr Ringrose leaves behind his wife Tania Ringrose as well as daughters Victoria and Rebecca and two grandsons.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Call 101 quoting log number 593 of March 3, 2012, with information.

Motorcyclist killed in Devon A35 crash

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Cullompton motorcyclist who was killed in a collision on the A35 near Honiton. Andrew Luckham, 48, known as Lux to his family and friends, was riding his black Kawasaki motorcycle in Offwell when the incident happened. He was in a collision with an Audi convertible driven by a woman in her 40s from the area just after 11am on Sunday. Despite the efforts of paramedics, an air ambulance crew and members of the public who stopped to assist, he was declared dead at the scene.

Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information should call police on the non-emergency number, 101, quoting log 366 of February 26 2012.

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Plymouth biker Paul Henderson killed in A38 crash

A PLYMOUTH motorcyclist was killed in a four-vehicle rush-hour crash on the A38 at St Budeaux. The 45-year-old man, named locally as Paul Henderson of West Park, died at the scene of the collision on the Parkway.

A 57-year-old woman motorist, also from Plymouth, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. She was still in custody last night as The Herald went to press and was released overnight on bail until April 30. A blue Triumph Tiger motorbike, two cars and a van were involved in the accident yesterday at the bottom of the St Budeaux eastbound onslip. The accident came as emergency services dealt with a string of other crashes during the morning, causing long traffic delays. The emergency services were alerted to the St Budeaux crash at 6.57am by a member of the public. The road between Weston Mill and Crownhill was closed for almost eight hours, causing miles of tailbacks into South East Cornwall. Traffic delays were worsened by further rush-hour collisions, including three on the A38. There were also two more crashes involving motorbikes, on Outland Road and in Compton. No further serious injuries were reported.

Response Inspector Martin Taylor said: “We had a call three minutes before 7am from someone saying they were giving first aid to a motorcyclist who was badly hurt. “The emergency services attended but unfortunately he died of his injuries at the scene. There were four vehicles at the scene – a motorcycle, two cars and a van. “There is an investigation ongoing as to the dynamics of the collision, who was involved and in what order.”