The ninth group of ten

Published: 11 November 2001

Allan Davison, 40, from Chichester, Sussex, rides an Aprilia RSV Mille. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1997. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Aprilia Blue Marlin. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The top-heavy one on the Piaggio stand. BEST STAND: Honda. BEST BARGAIN: Axo lid in RSV colours for £180.

Alice Hawkins, 31, from Chichester, Sussex, rides pillion on her partner’s Aprilia RSV Mille. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1998. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Aprilia Blue Marlin. BEST-LOOKING MAN: There’s plenty of male totty – and beer guts. BEST STAND: Aprilia. BEST BARGAIN: Proto ladies boots in size three for £50.

Shane Thompson, 32, from Antrim, Northern Ireland, rides an Eddie Lawson-style Kawasaki Z1100. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: The Union Jack Yamaha R1 on the Blue Flame stand. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: Take your pick of the MCN girls. BEST STAND: MCN. BEST BARGAIN: Today is for beer, not bargains. Tomorrow is for bargains – and beer.

Ormond Nesbitt, 29, from Antrim, Northern Ireland, rides a Harley-Davidson Low Rider Sport. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha Bulldog. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Kelly. BEST STAND: Harley-Davidson. BEST BARGAIN: A bottle of Carlsberg for £2.40.

Stephen Skillen, 40, from Belfast, rides a Suzuki Bandit 1200. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Suzuki GSX1400. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: All the MCN girls. BEST STAND: Suzuki. BEST BARGAIN: I’ll look for those tomorrow.

Matt Wilson, 31, from Antrim, Northern Ireland, rides a Honda Varadero. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Aprilia RSV Mille. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: Skidmarx. BEST BARGAIN: I got a Skidmarx hugger for the Varadero.

Paul Chilcott, 29, from London, rides a V-Max. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: It’s still Yamaha’s V-Max. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: All the MCN girls. What a selection! BEST STAND: Carole Nash. BEST BARGAIN: A chicken baguette for £3.60.

Simon Evans, 27, from Ealing, London, rode a ZZ-R600 until he wrote it off – now he wants a CBR600. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Buell Firebolt. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The Premier Helmets girl. BEST STAND: Carole Nash. BEST BARGAIN: There’s an Arai for £189, but they haven’t got it in my size.

Martin Hackett, 31, from Netherton, West Mids, rides a Suzuki Bandit 1200. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1997. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Bandit 1200. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Liz. BEST STAND: CCM. BEST BARGAIN: Renthal handlebars for £20 from Straight Line Racing.

Nigel Rhodes, 45, from Birmingham, rides a Ducati ST2. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1994. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Ducati 998. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: Yamaha. BEST BARGAIN: I got a front and rear sprocket for £36 including delivery from Dennis Trollope.

Max Derrick, 11, from Marlborough, Wilts, has a 40cc GRC Moto RSR minimoto. His dad Terry bought it for him at the show. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Ducati 998. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: Eh? BEST STAND: Honda. BEST BARGAIN: I’m sitting on it.

Terry Derrick, 41, from Marlborough, Wilts, owns a Kawasaki H1 500cc triple. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1981. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Ducati 998. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: All the MCN girls. BEST STAND: Ducati. BEST BARGAIN: There are loads of bargain leathers.