20th July 2015
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Dirt Quake 2015
Modern and retro, classic and custom, road and trail, young and old, known and unknown; Dirt Quake is a unique event where worlds collide as they lap a speedway circuit in King's Lynn. Martin Gelder took pictures...
Dirt Quake is a... Well, it's... Errrr.... It's everything that doesn't fit in anywhere else. It's classic and custom bikes being used, rather than staying parked up on a pedestal. It's people of all ages having fun. It's highly competitive but also hilariously comedic. It's serious and stupid and the same time.
It's a dirt-track race for road, classic and custom bikes. It takes place at the rather grandly named Adrian Flux Arena, or the King's Lynn speedway if you're a local, and it features motorcycles that reside at the alternative end of whichever spectrum you choose.
The paddock is like the aftermath of a high speed collision between a motorcycle museum and a breaker's yard. Whatever Dirt Quake is, it's fun.A lot of the French and Belgian entrants were in fancy dress; I blame Google Translate
Not all the bikes were big; Suzuki B100P and TS trailbike
An events that's as social as it is sporting
Any minute now his hair will be standing on end
Triumph on the left was for 'go', Norton on the right just for 'show'
You don't see many of them about these days
Cast wheels had to be 'enclosed' to prevent injury to flailing limbs. Swearing optional
Every bike needs a feathered carnival mask or a crowd of onlookers
Still life on the old dog(s)
"I'm sure there was some in there when we set off"
Odgie and the Secret Bantam he rebuilt for RealClassic magazine
Honda CB350/4 - Rare but not a trailer queen
Not the ideal carbs for dusty dirt-track racing
That boke off the telly was there
As was this bloke off the telly, who probably just wanted some peace from the autograph hunters
The stands were as packed as the paddock once the racing started
This is the inappropriate streetbike class
There was a bicycle race for kids; some took it more seriously than others
Amongst the various classes racing was a women only category
Even the car park was a little oasis of cool in an East Anglian industrial ghetto
And if you've got to come by car...
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