Always one of the favorite AMD World Championship affiliate events, 2017 means that it is a “Dublin Year again”!
Staged biennially in Dublin, Ireland, the 2017 Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show will be hosted at the Royal Dublin Society show halls from 3 – 5 March, and will again feature the Zodiac International sponsored Irish AMD International Custom Bike Competition, with the national/Irish Champion winning €3,000 cash to cover expenses for competing at the 2018 AMD World Championship in Germany.
The international winner gets €2,000 and qualification for the AMD World Championship.
Additional show features in 2017 will include a 'Race of Gentlemen' in the sand arena, where the flat trackers will also be racing over the 3 days. The ‘Race of Gentlemen’ will be a homage to the 1930s racing in the USA between the legendary Harley-Davison and Indian teams, which have been re-enacted in California recently.
Rusty Pistons from the Czech Republic will sponsor the Rockabilly Stage (www.rustypistons.eu), and the show will deploy many of the now ubiquitous hallmarks of the current ‘Hipster Vibe’ – including a 3-station Barbershop with suitable memorabilia and décor, massage girls and a ‘Gentleman’s Club’ ambiance!
Ace Cafe London will be mounting their regular display of classic era authentic bikes with mods and rockers and the 59 Club memorabilia and staging the Ace Cafe Global Stunt Starz Competition with 25 top stunt riders from Ireland, UK and Europe battling it out for a €5,000.00 prize fund and the 'Ace of Aces' title.
At the time of writing, the two halls of the show are pretty much sold out as Ireland starts to share in the motorcycle market recovery seen elsewhere in Europe, resulting in a third hall being added as the 2017 ‘Dublin Show’ gets set for record exhibitor and visitor numbers.
The Irish market continues also to emerge on the international stage as a vibrant source of design and engineering craftsmanship and creativity. In 2013 the Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show affiliate winners Mick O’Shea and Don Cronin scooped the AMD World Champion title with the much admired ‘Rondine’ – an exquisitely customized 1971 Moto Guzzi.
This year they again spearheaded an Irish invasion at Cologne that saw Mick and Don take home the Street Performance class win with ‘Road Fever’, a 1987 Ducati 750, and saw Noel Connolly add to the Irish trophy cabinet with an 11th place in the Freestyle Class for the remarkable ‘Strom’ – the first ever E-Bike to compete at ‘The AMD’.
|The first E-bike to compete in the AMD World Championship, Noel Connolly’s remarkable ‘Strom’ finished 11th in the Freestyle Class in 2016|
|Former AMD World Champions Mick O’Shea and Don Cronin (‘Rondine’, 2013) won the Steet Performance Class in 2016 with ‘Road Fever’, a 1987 Ducati 750|