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Phill’s (ECFMX Team Leader) 2011 Write-up

Added on August 24th, 2011 by ecfmx @ 11:18 am

After a long wet winter building the new portable landing and take-off ramps, the good weather finally arrived and it was time to quickly test the new equipment out and hit the road to the 1st show of 2011 organised by our good friends and long standing clients at Ace Café on Brighton sea front. We all arrived a little nervous as the new equipment had only been previously tested by Jon R for an hour or so the week before.

We had been booked to provide 2 shows during the duration of the event itself which was billed as a custom car show. We had done quite a few bookings for the Ace Café in previous years and we knew that whatever the they organised would be an awesome event to be at. Both of our demos went great, the weather was excellent all day with no wind the crowd was really loud which really encouraged Jon R and Danny Veale to put on a great show, we worked alongside the Fuel Girls and Belinda Challis in her drift car in the arena for the last slot of the day which went down great with the public who had made the trip down to Madera Drive to watch us perform. With great feedback from the riders about the new ramps we packed up and headed back home to prepare for the our next show booking.

Our next event meant a return trip down south to Dunsfold Park, the place where the BBC program Top Gear is filmed for the “Dad’s day out” charity event organised by the Children’s Trust, we performed there last year and kindly got asked back again for 2011.

When we arrived our show area was a lot smaller than we had asked which meant we couldn’t run the ramps at the 70ft gap we usually jump them at, never the less we provided the event with 2 demos through the day, we spent a while between shows talking to the public handing out posters etc. which is always a winner with the kids and it also gave them the chance to take a closer look at the bikes and have photos taken with the guys.

Next stop on the calendar was the British FMX championship at Rougham airfield, the guys had a few weeks to prepare for the competition which was organised by Andy Godbold and Bolddog team.

With all the top riders traveling from different areas over the UK all aiming to take home the 1st official title on offer in years the guys knew they had to practice hard and dial their tricks in to be on top of their game. It was also a great chance for everyone to get together and ride, something that rarely happens as we are all away doing our shows over the year its always been hard to get everyone in the same place on the day. With Birch taking the pro class title, Danny coming in 6th position, Jon R winning the am/up and comers class alongside our good friend Stu Macey following Jon R home in 2nd. We packed up and rode the current east coast practice area for a jam and BBQ the following Sunday before everyone left for the journey home.

Once the Bolddog championships had been and gone it was the start of the Air Devils arena tour, we had been hired to provide the pro FMX segment at each venue of the tour which was financed by Scott May and his Daredevil Stunt Show.

The tour kicked off at Stoke Arena then onto Coventry followed by Aldershot and finishing off at arena Essex. We took along Ryan Pasch, Frazer Swanson, Jon Ritchie and Chris Birch to each event that spanned the majority of the UK over 4 weeks. And watch some awesome up and coming riding from Ben Robinson, Stu Macey, Chris Crouch and Jack Braniff who spent the tour riding Scotts own landing. These guys are getting so good and getting better on a weekly basis.

The Air Devils Tour gave us a brilliant chance to get British FMX out there in front of a good size crowd each weekend while at the same time getting to see other forms of stunt work which was put on by the Scott May crew.

We then packed up our equipment late that final night at arena Essex and travelled down Hastings way over night to do a show for our friends, Broke FMX at the European grass track championships, I’d never seen grass track before and it really did open my eyes, those guys are simply nuts!!!!

Last week we were back working with the Ace Café at Brent Cross Shopping Centre for the Street Fighter event. It was another brilliant fun event with all the familiar faces of the Ace Cafes event team, we also had the chance to experience the Street bike Freestyle Championships which was pretty cool to see.

I now have a few days free before August shows kick off where we will be visiting North Devon, then down on the South coast and then right up into Scotland – it’s gonna be another hectic month!! We are also now starting a new project working together with Chris Birch and his new show ready for 2012; we’ll be at the Showman’s Show promoting with him in October ready for next year.

Well that pretty much sums up the 1st half of 2011 for us, I’ll write in with some more news later in the year!!!

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