LiveLIVE: Supercars, BMX stunts and monster trucks - welcome to Bournemouth Wheels Festival

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Summary

  • The first Bournemouth Wheels Festival is underway with a host of events planned across the town until Monday night.
  • There will be a demonstration straight on the East Overcliff, which will feature a host of historic F1 cars, Le Mans cars, supercars, Moto GP bikes and more.
  • On the beach, there’s a chance to see a Dakar Rally vehicle kick up some sand, while there will be Monster Trucks doing their thing as well.
  • Day one of the Festival will be rounded off with a fireworks display at 10pm
  • The Pier Jump attempt has been cancelled tonight because conditions are too wet

8:31pm

Well folks, that's about it for our coverage of day one of the first-ever Bournemouth Wheels Festival!

We'll be live blogging all over again tomorrow from around 10am onwards, if not before, so we hope you'll join us.

It's been a great day and the weather was a lot better than expected (apart from at the end!) but tomorrow's forecast is looking fantastic with no rain in sight.

Feel free to check out all our videos and pictures from today over at our special section, bournemouthecho.co.uk/wheels

The schedule for tomorrow is here

Have a good evening all!

 

8:06pm

Not sure if there was any singing but there was definitely some dancing in the rain from these fellas earlier on.

Bournemouth Echo:

We've also added lots more pictures to our photo gallery, Here's a look at a few of the latest ones:

Bournemouth Echo: All our pictures from the first day of the Bournemouth Wheels Festival 2014 on Saturday, May 24.

Bournemouth Echo: All our pictures from the first day of the Bournemouth Wheels Festival 2014 on Saturday, May 24.

Bournemouth Echo: All our pictures from the first day of the Bournemouth Wheels Festival 2014 on Saturday, May 24.

Bournemouth Echo: All our pictures from the first day of the Bournemouth Wheels Festival 2014 on Saturday, May 24.

You can find over 200 images from today in our gallery here

7:55pm

Here's a video of the East Cliff demonstration straight and FMX arena by Richard:

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7:22pm

Vintage cars on the prom at Boscombe, military vehicles and the Dakar Desert Driving: it's all in the video below showcasing highlights from day one.

 

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These ladies came prepared for the rain!
 

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Did anyone spot this futuristic contraption in the sky during the Monster Truck show?
 

6:54pm

The Pier Jump attempt won't be going ahead tonight because conditions are too wet, the Bournemouth Wheels Festival organisers have just tweeted:
 

6:51pm

We've just been sent this picture by Tess Charman of the motorcross stunts in the FMX arena earlier today. Thanks for sharing it with us, Tess!

Bournemouth Echo:

6:47pm

Our photographers and chief reporter Steve Smith are just heading down to Bournemouth Pier for the pier jump attempt.

We're hoping to live stream the daredevil attempt (technology permitting, of course!) so keep your fingers, toes and everything else crossed it works!

It is the first time we've ever attempted to live stream before so please bear with us!

6:42pm

If you're heading down to the Wheels Festival tomorrow and are wondering what's happening when, take a look at the schedule here

6:40pm

We've just been speaking to our photographer Richard who was at the Demonstration Straight and captured this little beauty on camera. He says it is worth a whopping £2.5m!! 

Bournemouth Echo:

6:33pm

Perhaps we spoke too soon about the weather. It's raining and a quick check of the Met Office forecast says there will be heavy rain between 7pm and 9pm. 

We will of course keep you posted if this has an effect on any of the events scheduled for tonight.

6:24pm

We'd love to hear what your highlights have been today, let us know below in the comments. Some fantastic pictures being tweeted.
 

6:22pm

Damien Cobb (c) Cobbster Productions has shared this video with us of a Monster Truck crushing some cars on Bournemouth beach earlier on. This isn't something you see everyday!

6:16pm

It certainly was...
 

6:06pm

People have been really enjoying themselves at Bournemouth Wheels Festival today. Here's a couple of highlights.
 
 

 

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This picture gives a great impression on what the motorbike stunt riders are doing! Fantastic. 
 

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5:25pm

So, we've been really lucky with the weather today. And the good news is, tomorrow is set to be even better, with sunshine forecast from midday onwards, the Met Office say.

So if you're planning a Sunday trip, don't forget suncream and water - it's hotter than you think at the seafront!

Check out the latest forecast here

5:20pm

Today has been spectacular for Bournemouth! The whole town is buzzing - and that's not the throb of the engines either! 
 
This photo is brilliant - and the good thing is there are two more days to come! 
 

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5:11pm

Reporter Caitlin Marsh said the motorbiek stunt show at the FMX arena won'tgo ahead at 5pm. Dan Whitby, one of the riders, said the wind and weather conditions weren't right. 
 
However, they will be back with a show at 7pm ahead of the Pier jump! 

 

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So if you're still weighing up whether to come to the Bournemouth Wheels Festival tomorrow or on Monday, perhaps the gallery might convince you?

You can find our pictures from the day so far in our Day One gallery but here's just a taster:

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture by Sally Adams

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture by Sally Adams

 

Bournemouth Echo: Picture by Jon Beal

 

 

 

4:40pm

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Monster Trucks rock! 
 

4:32pm

4:32pm

Our reporter Caitlin has been busy speaking to people today and it sounds like the Monster Truck shows are proving incredibly popular among festival goers, with most people saying this is the reason they decided to come to the event.
We don't blame them, they are amazing!
 

4:19pm

And here's Jon's video for you:

4:12pm

We're just uploading a video featuring some of the highlights from the first day of the Wheels Festival, courtesy of our photographer Jon, which will be online very shortly. 

4:00pm

Careful out there, the sun is very strong so don't forget the sun cream!
 

3:52pm

Excellent news - we hope everyone is enjoying themselves!
 

3:40pm

3:33pm

Now this is what we like to see. The rain is swirling around us but we're left soaking up the glorious sunshine.
 

 

3:17pm

Want to see some mini tanks? Driven by children? On the beach? Well, we have something that will satisfy all those desires! Hooray!
 
 
Here's some video captured by our reporter Alex Winter
 
 
 

3:07pm

3:04pm

And here's a Monster Truck in action! 

3:00pm

Wow, the monster truck crowds are certainly rivalling the FMX crowds for numbers! Very busy out there now! 
 

2:51pm

We are loving the sight of F1 cars on the overcliff - especially after what sounds like an exciting Monaco qualifying! Relive the excitement at Bournemouth's East Cliff!
 

2:43pm

2:39pm

Richard's sent back this video of the FMX team performing some awesome stunts near Bournemouth Pier

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2:15pm

Blimey, check these out! They don't call them Monster Trucks for nothing!
 

2:14pm

Possibly the coolest pub we've ever seen
 

2:13pm

Oh dear, this little girl is finding the noise from the supercars too much to bear!

2:08pm

Now driving this would make the commute into work a lot more fun!

2:04pm

The first Monster Truck show should have just started on the beach, so hopefully we'll have some pictures of that for you shortly.

2:01pm

If you have any questions about what's happening today, then feel free to post them below in the comments.

We'll try to answer as many as we can or if we don't know the answer, we'll try and find it out for you!

2:01pm

Some of the spectators enjoying the show and getting a few snaps of the action along the way

1:55pm

We'd love to know what you've been out enjoying at the event so far, so don't be shy, leave a comment below or tweet us a picture @Bournemouthecho!

1:52pm

Looks like it is getting pretty busy out there! The sun has well and truly got it's hat on now so there's no excuse not to come down and check out what's on offer
 

 

1:48pm

WOWZA! The FMX arena displays are well underway! Check out Richard Crease's picture of this amazing trick!

 

1:43pm

It must be busy at Bournemouth seafront this lunchtime! The land train isn't running due to lots of people on the prom.
 

1:34pm

And here's how the Dakar Desert Driving is looking from the demonstration at the beach this lunchtime.

 

1:26pm

1:21pm

And these bikes are proving really popular with people today wandering about in the sunshine!

1:12pm

Fancy seeing some F1 cars in Bournemouth? Well forget the Monaco Grand Prix - check out these beauties on Bournemouth's East Cliff.

1:06pm

Thanks to Jim Geddes for sending us this picture of a 1933 Rolls Royce. Stunning car! 
 

1:00pm

It's not just cars here at Bournemouth Wheels Festival - two-wheeled transport is getting a good showing as well.
 

12:56pm

There are demonstrations happening all weekend at the specially designed straight on the East Cliff.
 
Cars revved up for the demos - F1 cars include Michael Schumacher’s 1992 Bennetton, a 1989 Camel Lotus 101, which was driven by world champion Nelson Piquet and Satoru Nakajima and a 1984 Toleman once driven by Ayrton Senna.
 
Some of the cars which have taken part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race will also be zooming in, including a Ferrari Daytona, Ferrari TRC500 and Ford GT 40.
 

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12:33pm

We asked people yesterday what they were most looking forward to about the Wheels Festival...here are the results! 

12:25pm

We love this picture from Bournemouth's Pier Approach - some incredible stunts being performed out there!
 

 

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12:08pm

Zone 6 – East Overcliff demo course

  • Witness racing cars, supercars and bikes in action on the Wheels Festival demonstration course.
  • Open from 10am-6.30pm, there will be action all day with parades and shows on the clifftop overlooking the beach.
  • F1 cars include Michael Schumacher’s 1992 Bennetton, a 1989 Camel Lotus 101, which was driven by world champion Nelson Piquet and Satoru Nakajima and a 1984 Toleman once driven by Ayrton Senna.
  • Some of the cars which have taken part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race will also be zooming in, including a Ferrari Daytona, Ferrari TRC500 and Ford GT 40.

​Here's some video of the supercar parade on the East Cliff earlier

12:04pm

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Here's what is happening at Zone 5 – west of Bournemouth Pier later on.

  • First ever daredevil motorcycle jump over Bournemouth’s historic pier at around 7pm
  • Singer Adam Barron performing on the Seafront Stage located near Bournemouth Pier from 8pm

Check out our interview with Dan Whitby who will be attempting the Pier jump.

11:38am

It's not all supercars and monster trucks - here are some beautiful classic cars attracting attention at the seafront.

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11:21am

Here's what's happening in Zone 4 – Pier Approach, gardens, BIC

  • Supercars and racing cars on display in Purbeck Hall at the BIC between 12-6pm
  • Cycle village
  • Family zone
  • Wheelchair sports
  • Team Extreme arena - Thrills with the BMX riders and skaters from Team Extreme with shows between 2pm and 8pm
  • Pre-war and vintage car display, Pavilion Theatre car park - Display celebrating the early years of motoring with pre-war and vintage cars between 10am and 3pm
  • Fireworks at the pier at 10pm

11:15am

The supercar parade is drawing the crowds to the East Cliff this morning

11:14am

11:13am

Fancy seeing some crazy BMX stunts and tricks? Then you need to head to Zone 3 - the Beach arena 1, immediately east of the pier

  • The FMX arena will see experts performing crazy stunts and jumps. Regular shows between 1pm and 7pm
  • Displays on the prom
  • Funfair and sideshows

 

11:11am

And it's not all about the engines this weekend - check this out vintage fans! 

11:08am

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11:03am

Despite the grey skies, there are lots of people on the seafront, ears burning with the roar of the engines. 

Here's some video of what's going on at Boscombe prom

11:00am

The first super car parade is about to get underway at the East Cliff! 

10:58am

We can hear the sound of throbbing engines from Echo towers! Exciting! Plus, Sam Sheldon has spied some blue sky not too far off the seafront! 

10:57am

In Zone 2 – Beach arena 2, between Bournemouth and Boscombe

  • Monster truck shows regularly between 12pm and 6pm.

10:50am

10:50am

In Zone 1 today at the East Undercliff towards Boscombe Pier there will be...

  • Classic car pageant between 10am and 6pm
  • Dakar desert driving shows from midday onwards plus military vehicles will also be on display

See a full guide to today's events here

10:47am

10:46am

So, we'll be providing a run down of what's happening on Saturday.

Timings are subject to change depending on the weather forecast.

Don't forget you can buy a souvenir programme for £7, which contains detailed information about all the attractions, as well as featuring discounts on grandstand seating and Monster Truck rides. It is available from the TIC and around the festival site.

10:40am

10:34am

Here's some video from yesterday's Wheels Fest launch.

John Hardy, team principal of the Excite Rallye Raid team will be here all weekend with the group, demonstrating on the beach.

10:26am

There are already people at the beach and seafront this morning for the first events. Just bring a raincoat and come and have some fun! 
 

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10:12am

Just a note for people who may be coming in from Christchurch - Barrack Road has re-opened now after flooding this morning.

Latest traffic and travel information is here for people planning a trip.

10:06am

To whet your appetitie a little - here are some photos from yesterday's launch event in town.

Michael Schumacher's Benetton arrives for the show

Bournemouth Echo:

10:03am

Also keep an eye on the weather for today and the rest of the weekend here

10:02am

For information about what's happening when, click below for our handy guide - obviously some of the demonstrations may be weather dependent.

9:59am

Good morning everyone! It may be a damp start to the day but the first ever Bournemouth Wheels Festival is underway! 

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10:21am Sat 24 May 14

Bikemad14 says...

Can't wait to g down there later.
Can't wait to g down there later. Bikemad14
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2:37pm Sat 24 May 14

To-you-to-me says...

Are they going to let Challenger II loose on the beach??
Are they going to let Challenger II loose on the beach?? To-you-to-me
  • Score: 1

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