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Supercharged 300mph machine takes new show’s top prize

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A sleek supercharged machine designed to hit a world record-breaking 313mph has scooped the top award at Scotland’s newest motorcycle show.

Independent judges at the inaugural Carole Nash Great Scottish Bike Show, at the Lanark Agricultural Centre at Muirglen, Hyndford Road, Lanark, over the weekend, picked the Flower of Scotland streamliner as their best in show.

The 22ft vehicle, powered by a one litre 700bhp Kawasaki ZX-11 motorcycle engine, was among the top attractions at the show, which drew thousands of motorcycling enthusiasts from across the area.

Excellent weather, particularly on the first day of the show helped to swell the crowds beyond all expectations and at one point there were nearly 1200 motorcycles parked up at the event, presenting even the seasoned Mortons Classic Bike Shows team with a challenge. Around 6000 people attended the show over both days.

The team behind Flower of Scotland, Speed Scotland, said they were delighted to be chosen by judges and confirmed that they will be making a third attempt on the world speed record for a one litre supercharged machine at Bonneville, Utah, USA, this coming August.

The record currently stands at 312mph and for the last two years the team have suffered mechanical problems preventing them from achieving Flower of Scotland’s full potential.

Among the star guests at the Carole Nash Great Scottish Bike Show were legendary road racers Jim Moodie, who rode for Norton in the early Nineties, then had stints with Ducati, Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki, and Eighties GP ace Donnie McLeod. Stunt rider Kevin Carmichael also wowed the crowds.

Live demonstrations of motocross and trials riding proved to be extremely popular. The dozens of traders who attended the show reported a very busy weekend and there were also many motorcycle clubs in attendance.

Mortons show organiser Nick Mowbray said: “The weather was kind to us, particularly on the Saturday, and we were overwhelmed by the level of support we received from Scottish motorcycling enthusiasts.

“We knew before the show that there is a strong motorcycling community in Lanark but we were still surprised by how many people turned out and the passion of the enthusiasts in this part of the world. It’s great to know that there are so many like-minded individuals out there. We’re now looking forward to our next Lanark show later this year.”

For more show information including videos, picture galleries and results, and the Classic Bike Shows team’s other events, visit www.classicbikersclub.com

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