Bike racer and TV presenter Guy Martin will be the star attraction as the world of alternative two-wheeled racing returns to King’s Lynn this summer.
Martin will join riders from across the world at the fourth annual Dirt Quake event, a spectacular celebration of motorcycles of all shapes and sizes racing on the oval circuit at the Adrian Flux Arena.
The event, and the bikes, are a world away from the more regimented speedway meetings normally held at the track, with everything from Harley Davidsons and classic Triumphs to scooters and tiny monkey bikes surging round the oval.
Martin, who took part in and won the event for the first time last year riding a Harley chopper, described it as one of the highlights of the year.
“For me, it’s what motorbiking’s all about – cool motorbikes, different, not conformist,” said the man who has 15 Isle of Man TT podium finishes to his credit.
“There’s people racing around of twenty quid motorbikes. I’m sure some people would pay for some of these bikes to be taken away, and they come out and race them.
“I turned up in my leathers and I thought ‘I haven’t got my back protector on’ – and then the man next to me, he’s in a short-sleeved t-shirt with his gardening trainers on.”
Gary Inman, editor of organisers Sideburn magazine, said it was that cavalier spirit that has seen Dirt Quake, sponsored this year by Bikesure, become such a success, not only in the the UK but in America too.
“It’s just great fun – bike racing for genuine enthusiasts who come here for the simple joy of riding,” he added.
“First-time spectators will see a type of racing they’ve almost certainly never seen before – last year we had racers dressed as Mario and Luigi, wearing furs, viking costumes and riding crazy bikes that were never intended to race round a dirt track.”
Gerry Bucke, general manager at Bikesure, added: “Having this event in King’s Lynn is a real treat for local motorbike fans and we can’t wait to see the array of machines racing this year, from the sublime to the ridiculous.
“We think of ourselves as an enthusiast’s broker, able to cover pretty much anything on two wheels, so this event is right up our street.”
The event takes place on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, with a full DTRA racing programme on the Friday evening and the main Dirt Quake event the following afternoon
As well as the thrills and spills of the racing, there will be plenty of other attractions, including the world famous Ken Fox Wall of Death, a children’s BMX race, a custom bike display, live music from Dream Themes, plus a bar and DJ.
Tickets are priced from £15 adults, £5 under 16s with an adult, available from Sideburn mag.