Organised by Poole Tourism, Dream Machines is part of Wave 105 Summertime in the South, Poole’s packed summer events programme. The final event of the Dream Machines 2013 season was marked by the eagerly awaited “Bike of the Year” contest. Open to winners of the weekly “Bike of the Night” heats during 2013, the finale saw 16 bikes welcomed back to compete.
During the evening, voting cards were handed out to fellow bikers and spectators who cast their votes for their favourite bike in the line up. Each owner provided information for their competing bike giving its history.
This year saw the return of the David “Midge” Holloway Trophy for Bike of the Year, courtesy of event sponsors Coles Miller Solicitors, presented in memory of local biker and Dream Machines regular Midge Holloway from Poole.
1st place Andy Hiscock from Berkshire with his Kawasaki ZX10R won The Midge Holloway Trophy, £300 cash from Dream Machines, a family membership for the National Trust courtesy of Coles Miller Solicitors, a return trip for 2 bikes from flybikefly (David Hathaway Transport Ltd) depot to Nice, £150 voucher for goods/services courtesy of BLD Group, a casual motorcycle jacket, with all2wheelers embroidered on the back and MOT from all2wheelers.
Andy, said: “Coles Miller Dream Machines is a legend among bikers and it’s a dream come true to win. I’ve been working on the bike for the last three years and only finished it in the winter. During that time it’s had a full custom build and nearly every part is chromed and polished. It’s been a real labour of love but worth it! I’ve been to other shows, but really wanted to win a Bike of the Night in Poole. It’s a fantastic event and to top it off with the kudos of winning Bike of the Year is unbelievable.”
2nd place Paul Revell from Ferndown with his BSA A10 Rocket Gold Star Replica won £200 cash from Dream Machines, a family membership for the National Trust courtesy of Coles Miller Solicitors, a return trip for one bike from flybikefly (David Hathaway Transport Ltd) depot to Nice, £100 voucher for goods/services courtesy of BLD Group and MOT from all2wheelers.
3rd place - Mike Dixon, from Bournemouth with his Attitude Customs Harley Davidson 1200cc won, £100 cash from Dream Machines, a family membership for the National Trust courtesy of Coles Miller Solicitors, a hot air balloon flight for two in a flybikefly (David Hathaway Transport Ltd) balloon, £50 voucher for goods/services courtesy of BLD Group and MOT from all2wheelers.
In addition Bike to the Year competitors John Williamson, Geoff Butcher, Shaun Lagdon, Ken Booth and Adrian Hansen won family tickets to Beaulieu in the prize draw.
Adrian Cormack, Partner at Coles Miller Solicitors, said: “The competition was fierce and it was great to see so many families joining in to choose the winner. It’s been a fantastic season and a credit everyone involved. We are very proud of our involvement with an event that has gone from strength to strength and is such a key part of Poole’s summer events programme.“
The event also saw Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Charity presented with a cheque for £3,800. Chosen by the Volunteer Marshals, on average, the Ambulance attends 3-4 incidents a day and can be anywhere within the two counties in under 19 minutes of an emergency call. The ambulance runs on the generosity of the public who help to help raise the £1.5 million a year it costs to keep flying.
Chief Marshal, Kerry Pope, said: “The air ambulance runs completely on donations and has been critical in helping a number of people within the motor biking community. It is a real pleasure to be able to make this donation on behalf of the Volunteer Marshals for the critical life saving work that they do.”
The donation is made from Dream Machines from any surplus income after all event costs had been covered. In addition to the Air Ambulance, Poole Old Town Christmas Carol Concert benefit from a £100 donation for their community events.
Coles Miller Dream Machines will return on the first Tuesday in April 2014.
Bottom row L to R Kerry Pope, Chief Marshal, Annette Plasow-Trapaud, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.