THE forward-thinking Festival of Transport Committee has secured the services of one of the most spectacular motorcycle stunt shows in the country for this year’s Festival of Transport in Barrow Town Centre on Saturday July 11.

The ‘On the Edge Motorcycle Stunt Team’ are something to behold. I have witnessed their shows many times and still find it unbelievable the things these lads can do on a motorcycle.

For many years now the team consisting of former trials riders, who have competed at British, European and world championship level, have been amazing the crowds up and down the country with their skills, which include15ft jumps up vertical walls, drop offs, balancing on seemingly impossible obstacles and huge wheelies.

Brothers Dec and Brad Bullock have both competed at world championship level with elder brother Brad being a full-time stunt rider for the past five years

They are joined by Alex Wigg, a former World Youth Trials champion who won the European Trials Championship in 2006 and 2010, and show founder member Martin Crosthwaite who’s had over 20 years of organising stunt shows himself having competed at world level too.

Commentating throughout the performance is former TV presenter Wayne Kershaw who hosted the Furness and South Cumbria Sports Awards presentations for me on several occasions.

Wayne, an accomplished trials rider and trials sidecar passenger himself, gets run over, jumped over and places himself in some positions I would never agree to as part of the show.

Always up for a giggle or two, he continues to amuse the spectators with his hilarious quips and anecdotes throughout the performance. They are planning to do three shows throughout the day.

Pop this one in your diary and bring the kids along too because it`s going to be a great day out and, best of all, it`s free!

If you`d like a sneak preview of what they get up to, go into YouTube and key in ‘On the Edge Motorcycle Stunt Team'.

* Great news for followers of motorcycle speed hill climbs; you’re well catered for locally with the forthcoming Hoghton Tower event near Preston, the reinstated Barbon Hill Climb, Aske Hall near Richmond, and the Leighton Hall event in September. 

I’m pleased to report now that racing has resumed on the Olivers Mount Circuit at Scarborough after a two year lay-off, with the new organisers holding two events there on June 27 and 28.

This meeting combines both cars and motorcycles so you can watch the car boys in action too. 

Unfortunately, it does clash with the rescheduled date of the Barbon Hill Climb which is to be run on Saturday June 27.

* Speedway and stock car fans have launched a campaign to save Staffordshire’s only speedway track after it closed last year. 

They are hoping to get the stadium registered as an ‘asset of community value’, which would then allow planners to turn down an application by developers who want to build industrial units on the site. 

The Loomer Road Stadium near Stoke has hosted speedway since the 1940s and has been the breeding ground of many young riders, including our own Rob Shuttleworth from Askam, who had a brief spell there before moving up to the legendary Belle Vue Aces. 

With the demise of the Birmingham, Crewe and Coventry stadiums, it’s the only facility in the area. 

Campaigners are hoping the developers can work with them as there’s ample room on the site for both industrial units and the stadium. 

* Thinking of a pre-summer ride out this weekend or still trying to trace that hard to find part? 

The first Autojumble of the year takes place on Sunday at the Skipton Auction Mart on Gargrave Road in Skipton, (postcode BD23 1UD). 

Plenty of hard standing for your bike and catering facilities are available.

If you can`t find what your looking for there, the next one is on Sunday, March 29 at Penrith Auction Mart just off junction 40 of the M6... Good hunting.

* The Furness section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club hold their next meeting this coming Tuesday at the Ulverston Sports & Leisure Centre on Priory Road, starting at 8pm. If you own or just have an interest in vintage motorcycles, go along.