Second Wheelie Big Bike Show for Newton

Bikers head down Victoria Street at last year's event.
Bikers head down Victoria Street at last year's event.

The Rotary Club in Newton Stewart is preparing once again to welcome motor bike fans of all ages and persuasions to the second Wheelie Good Bike Show on Sunday, August 5.

The main street will display a collection of bikes, both classic and new, of all types, sizes, colours and shapes, parked in the street and with the proud owner nearby to talk about anything bike!

Along with other entertainment and the market stalls and shops opening specially on the day, it adds up to a good day out for all the family.

The Rotary Club are delighted to announce that Ian Simpson has agreed to lead the ride-in for the show. ‘Simmo’ has to his credit 3 TT wins, five NW200 wins, two Ulster GP wins and five British Championships.

Racing in the late eighties and early nineties he had achieved all this by the age of 28. Being a local lad, nicknamed the Dalbeattie Destroyer and running a bike shop at Dalbeattie since his retirement from racing, he is more than happy to support the show and its causes.

The ride-in will start at New Galloway Fire Station, registration starting at 10am and leaving at 11.30 prompt, allowing all participants to enjoy the beautiful rolling countryside which is so much part of any journey in South West Scotland. The ride in is ticket only and there is an admin charge of £5 +40p per motorcycle. This donation will allow  parking in a dedicated parking area in the centre of Newton Stewart at the end of the run. Ticket numbers will be limited, so book early! Please visit our website at www.wgbs.org.uk for further details.

Entry to the show is free; all the organisers ask is that visitors donate generously to raise money for the charities to benefit from the show.

It is hoped that the cost of putting on the show will be covered by the use of sponsors and volunteers as well as revenue from exhibitors and advertising. This would mean that every single penny that is donated will go to charity.

There will be a retail area selling motorcycle related items and other goods. Food and drink will be available from cafes, restaurants and hotels in and around the town, offering a variety and range to please everyone.  

Ian Heath, incoming president of Rotary Club of Newton Stewart, said: “There will be something for the whole of the family to enjoy set within one of the most scenic parts of Scotland.

“By coming along you will be contributing to many charities and worthwhile causes. We hope that you will be able to join us to share in the fun and enjoyment.”