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Wall of Death to wow visitors at Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

Luke Fox Wall of Death

The spectacle of gravity-defying motorcyclists speeding around a Wall of Death will put visitors into a spin at the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, on Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July.

The two-day free-to-attend festival, on the seafront, is organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council with sponsorship from individual seafront businesses, and the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area company.

This year’s expanded festival is set to draw families and vehicle enthusiasts alike for an action-packed weekend, featuring prestige, classic and bespoke cars, large commercial vehicles, thousands of visiting motorcyclists on the Saturday, and other attractions.

A highlight on both days will be the Ken Fox Wall of Death, a motorbike show which will see a team of riders performing stunts as they circle a specially-built wall – barely six inches from the audience. The troupe will be bringing their original wall, constructed in 1928, and riding Indian Scout motorbikes dating from 1921.

The team have appeared on TV several times, including starring in one of the BBC One idents between programmes. The attraction, to be situated in the Marina North car park, is kindly sponsored by the Fish & Grill Restaurant & Takeaway on Marine Parade. Tickets for the show will be £3 each.

The festival will also have an exciting host of other motorcycle attractions, including Seastar Superbikes, who will be bringing the Ducati and Kawasaki Norwich Roadshow along with a mobile dyno “rolling road”, and offering escorted Ducati ride-outs.

In addition, there will be exhibitions of colourful hotrods, “bouncing” lowriders, souped-up modified vehicles and big American trucks, plus displays from local car clubs, trade stalls selling motorbike gear, a car dealers’ village and attractions from the world of film and TV.

The festival is brought to you by Great Yarmouth Borough Council in conjunction with the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, Joyland and the American Diner, On the Throttle, Fish & Grill, and other seafront businesses.

Councillor Graham Plant, chairman of the economic development committee, said: “The Wall of Death promises to be an amazing spectacle, not to be missed, and is another top addition to the Wheels Festival, which is shaping up to be a great weekend of vehicle-related fun for families and enthusiasts alike.

“As part of our exciting calendar of events, the Wheels Festival is great for the borough, residents, visitors and seafront businesses. I would like to thank the Fish & Grill and our other event sponsors for helping to make it happen.”

Andrew Mavroudis, of Fish & Grill, said: “The Wheels Festival brings a significant boost for seafront trade in early July, before the schools break up, and we are so proud to be supporting it this year through sponsoring the Wall of Death. It’s something a bit different and will be a great draw as part of the fantastic line-up of festival attractions.

“A big thank you to the other sponsors of this year’s Wheels Festival and to Sheila King at the council for supporting Fish & Grill throughout the sponsorship process.”

On the Saturday, an estimated 15,000 motorcyclists are set to visit the festival, arriving from 10am for On the Throttle’s Great Yarmouth Motorcycle Take Over. Then on the Sunday afternoon, Centre 81 Classic Car and Bike Rally will parade along the seafront.

Motorcyclists planning to access and park within the festival site along the Golden Mile are asked to make a voluntary donation of £2 per bike, which will go towards the running of the festival and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Bikers are encouraged to make their donation online in advance to get a fast lane entry sticker for parking.

The festival will take place from 10am to 6pm on the Saturday and 10am to 4pm on the Sunday.

Ken Fox Wall of Death