The Wheel Deal

First ever Festival of Wheels will be spoketacular

Halfpipe heroes, classic cars, rollerskating to a live DJ set - it’s all happening at the first ever Southend Festival of Wheels on St George’s Day (23rd April).

The town centre and seafront are rolling several events into one amazing day, all thanks to the Southend BID.

It all starts from 11am with nine different zones offering visitors the chance to see and experience different wheeled wonders; from historic military vehicles and weapons to perfecting your ramp skills on your BMX or scooter.

Music lovers will also be entertained with live performances by local choirs, bands and DJs.

In Zone 1 at Victoria Circus, Team Extreme will be demonstrating their world-class skills in a series of BMX, skateboard, inline skating and scooter shows. Watch out for the BMXers catching big air (over 12ft) on the vert ramp, while the skaters and scooter riders pull some ‘sick’ flips. Perhaps best of all, the Team Extreme pros will be offering free coaching sessions between each of their demonstrations. Bring your own kit, or use theirs.

Petrol heads will be in seventh heaven, with displays in seven of the nine zones.

Havering Classic Car Club is bringing a selection of auto exotica, including examples from Porsche, Royals Royce and Jaguar. Fans of the Triumph marque will enjoy seeing a collection of roadsters, while kit car enthusiasts and Ford fanatics will also be drooling over some of the cars on display.

In the 1960’s, Southend was a popular destination for Mods riding their scooters down to the coast from London and the rest of Essex. Recreating those heady days will be Southend Vintage Scooter Club, who will proudly be showing off their Vespas and Lambrettas in Zone 5, at the bottom of the High Street, near Pier Hill. Close-by will be a display of Mod art by David Quinlan.

Soul music provided – and still does - the soundtrack to the Mod lifestyle. So grab your talcum powder, put on your bags and spin over to Chinnerys on the seafront for their Northern Soul special, promoted by Almost Grown.

Cycling enthusiasts of every kind, from lycra-clad MAMILs to BMX groms will be able to see some of the very latest machinery and technology available, awesome stunt demos and a rare selection of the early forerunners to the modern bike.

As well as the Team Extreme extravaganza, Space Monkeys will be wowing the crowds with their phenomenal MTB skills in Zone 4, located in the middle of the High Street. The guys behind Space Monkeys specialize in the spectacular MTB trials scene and will be sharing their expertise with the audience. Look out for guest riders dropping in to showcase their talents and signature tricks.

Hadleigh Mountain Bike club will also be appearing in Zone 6, to talk about their activities and what’s available at the 2012 Olympic MTB course in Hadleigh.

Road cyclists should also visit Southend Wheelers’ stand on Western Esplanade, for information and advice about starting training for a sportive, starting racing or time trialling.

You can also win a Bobbin Brownie bicycle, worth over £400, courtesy of the Royals Shopping Centre. All you have to do is collect a series of letters that have been placed around the various zones and unscramble the wheel-related anagram. When you’ve done that, pop your entry form into the post box inside the Royals for your chance to win.
Inside the shopping centre you’ll also see the ‘Wilson Collection’, a vintage Penny Farthing, Bone Shaker and very early example of a cross-frame machine.

The main stage is hosted by One You Campaign, where you’ll find a lively mix of interactive sessions on stage, including spin classes, buggy exercise, and even yoga. Not only that, there will live performances from local acoustic acts including Nathan Abbot, Ben Henderson, Freya on her Ukele and Marc Davey.

Visitors of a nervous disposition may need to look away when the Two Brothers Racing Stunt Team blasts into action on City Beach (Zone 7, Marine Parade).

Composed of not two but three terrifyingly talented motor bike riders; Mark ‘Vandal’ Van Driel, Paul ‘Toddy’ Todd and Katrina ‘Trina’ Van Driel-Stratton, Two Brothers Racing Stunt team perform adrenaline-fueled shows on highly modified, stretched drift bikes. Vandal is a three-time UK Street Bike Freestyle champion and holds a Guinness World Record, while Toddy was crowned UK Street Bike Freestyle Champion last year.

Trina has performed on TV, and is solely responsible for the tandem stunts and choreography of the shows. The team perform a choreographed show with the latest innovative street bike freestyle tricks, followed by tandem tricks from Vandal and Trina. The smoke-filled finale features plenty of noise and the smell of burning rubber.

For the full list of what’s going on, where and when throughout the Festival of Wheels, click on, like the Facebook page Visit Southend or follow @VisitSouthend on twitter.

• The Southend Business Improvement District Company (BID) represents 371 businesses.
• The BID is not-for-profit and is privately funded by business premises that fall within the defined BID Zone area, based on their rateable value.
• The BID delivers projects and services that businesses have said will make the greatest difference to them.
• The BID is supported by Southend –On-Sea Council with additional voluntary funding. The BID provides services in addition to those already provided by the Council.
• The concept of BIDs originated in the USA and has now been adopted in many countries across the world as a successful model for collaborative working in town and city centres for collective business benefit.

Please contact Tracy Jones at Brera – 01702 390348 / 07887 514984 / /


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