With the Mercury climbing into the high 20’s Moto Gymkhana visited the fabulous Gaydon Heritage Motor Center for Triumph Live 2014.
A one day festival of all things Triumph Motorcycles. Bikes, stunt shows, beer, bands, trade stands and of course, Moto Gymkhana.
Equipped with brand new Bonnevilles, a Scrambler and a Street Triple we didn’t stop from dawn ’til dusk on the specially laid out try out course.
Assisted and guided by the Gymkhana crew, a steady stream of customers pitted their skills and nerve against the course, the timing clock and their friends all day long.
Lunchtime saw the arrival of a ex racers, turned TV pundits Jamie Whitham and Steve Parrish, accompanied by a film crew. After an interview with Duncan Mackillop (broadcast live onto huge screens by the main stage) Jamie was up for the Gymkhana challenge. He chose the gorgeous sounding Triumph Scrambler for several guided exploratory laps to familiarise himself with the course and pylon system.
In typical racer fashion he learned the course layout quickly, but as Parrish gleefully pointed out, he attacked the course like a rookie racer. Too fast, rushing in and running wide on the exits of turns. Never the less, Jamies natural talent shone through, rewarding him with some respectable times. Evidently he enjoyed himself enough to be contemplating what his choice of bike would be should he join us for a competition in the future.
Hundreds of sun drenched spectators lined the safety barriers in the afternoon as the try outs and course attacks continued. Another film crew and Suzy Taylor from Motors TV arrived to capture the excitement of Moto Gymkhana.
Several employees from the Triumph factory also tested their skills on the course, proving themselves handy on a bike and very competitive, as did the Blood Bikes crew from Warwickshire
With the sun fading it was time to start packing up and head for a well eared pint, as the main arena prepared for the evenings musical entertainment
Thanks to Triumph Motorcycles for the invite and entrusting us with their loyal customers and brand new bikes. Which incidentally, ran faultlessly, almost non-stop from 8.30 am until 5.30pm
See you again at Triumph Live 2016
[Words Andi Beazeley]