Getting social: 10 events to attend in October

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Just because the mornings are a bit colder and the annual pumpkin spice takeover is getting underway doesn't mean you can’t wrap up and get out for a ride to an event this October.

There’s plenty going on, so dig out the cold weather riding gear and get yourself to one of these events.

It's also a great way to bump up your mileage and get to your #ride5000miles goal before the new year!

1. Intermot – October 3 - 7

Location: Cologne, Germany

Intermot is one of the biggest motorbike expos in the world. More than 1000 companies from the world of motorbikes attend the show in Cologne to unveil their latest tech or models. The event is also the home of the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building with over 100 entrants from around the world.

2. Paris Motorcycle and Scooter Show – October 4 - 14

Location: Paris, France

The Paris Motor Show has added a motorcycle and scooter area to its line-up. The ‘Mondial de la Moto’ will run in conjuction with the motor show for the first time in 30 years and features all the manufacturers you would expect with the added bonus that it takes place in Paris!

3. Lord of Lydden – October 20 - 21

Location: Lydden Hill, Kent

The famous Lord of Lydden race meeting will make its return to the Kent circuit in 2018 after 9 years away. Previous winners of the event which first took place in 1966 include Shakey Byrne and Steve Mercer and the Lydenn Hill Motorsport Club is hoping to bring the event back with a bang.

"The Lord of Lydden used to attract the top riders in the country, and we’re very much hoping to have some of the sport’s biggest and best names back again," said Lydden Hill owner, Pat Doran, "whether that’s competing or as guests of honour.

"We’re putting on an extensive schedule of races to keep the motorcycle fans entertained, but away from the track, we’ve also got a load of displays and entertainment lined-up, something for everybody."

Day tickets start at £15, with weekend admission costing £25.50 and £5.50 for camping.

4. Copdock Motorcycle Show – October 7

Location: Trinity Park, Ipswich

The 27th Copdock Motorcycle Show is packed with two-wheeled attractions including appearances from Dougie Lampkin, the 2 Bros+1 stunt team and Ken Fox’s Wall of Death. There’s also traders, an auto jumble and owner’s club displays alongside live music, food and drink.

As if all that wasn’t enough, this year’s guest of honour is Steve Parrish. There are still advance tickets available priced at £8.50 or it costs £10 on the day. Under 14s go free.

5. Stars at Darley – October 7

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

The traditional season finale at Darley Moor MCRRC will welcome Richard Cooper, Ben Godfrey, Lee Jackson (jnr), Tom Fisher, Mark Goodings and John Holden. John McGuinness will also be in attendance with his latest generation Norton race bike at the Derbyshire circuit.

6. Weston Beach Race – October 19 - 21

Location: Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

The Weston Beach Race sculpts around 1 million tons of Somerset sand into a brutal off-road motorbike course, which is then tackled by a field including amateur and professional riders.

Robbie Maddison is returning to the race this year having taken part in 2016. The Australian freestyle motocross and stunt rider missed the 2017 race due to undergoing surgery, but will be looking to better his 46th place from 2016 this time around.

There’s plenty to do around the race, too, with trade stalls, manufacturer space and exhibitions along the promenade. 

7. Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – October 13 - 14

Location: Staffordshire County Showground

Over 30,000 classic motorbike enthusiasts are due to attend this show which celebrates the great bikes of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Alongside over 900 traders, dealers and autojumble stands there will be club stands, live action, the Bonhams autumn sale, classic off-road machines and special guests at the Staffordshire County Showground.

8. Malvern Festival of Transport – October 14

Location: Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire

This popular end of season classic vehicle event goes from strength to strength and in 2017 saw in excess of 80 trade stalls, over 600 vehicles on display, and the first Electric Vehicle Zone including a range of electric vehicles organised by the Malvern-based Electric Automobile Association (“ElectrAA”).

This is the 30th Malvern Classic Car Show, the 23nd Malvern Autumn Mini Show and Spares Day and the 8th Classic Commercial Show held by Classic Shows at the Three Counties Showground.

9. 'Normous Newark Autojumble – October 21

Location: Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire

A great day out for any car or motorcycle enthusiast, the 'Normous Newark Autojumble offers a vast array of parts, restoration services and related products for a variety of vehicles.

The 'Normous Newark Autojumble sees Newark Showground filled with hundreds of trade plots, as well as a classic car and bike display area. On site catering units are available as well as an inside cafeteria.

Each 'Normous Newark Autojumble attracts a large number of visitors from across the UK in search of the great finds and bargains on offer.

10. Straightliners final round – October 21

Location: Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire

Santa Pod are running a bikes only ‘run what ya brung’ drag racing event which will also feature the tenth and final round of the Straightliners championship. 

For more events pick-up MCN every Wednesday for a bike meet or two near you. If you would like your event published in MCN, email

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Ben Clarke

By Ben Clarke

Assistant Editor (Motorcycling), hick for life, two cylinders max