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Mach 2 - Bike Festival

Mach 2 - Bike Festival
It's one thing to meet world famous motorcyclist Nick Sanders but did you know you can pop to his place for a party?

This year Nick hosted Mach 2, the aptly named successor to Mach 1, the 'biker festival' at Machynlleth, Powys. The 'Mach' duelling as an obvious reference to speed for the petrol heads but it is also the fondly used shortening for Machynlleth.

This idyllic setting is absolutely perfect for an event which ticks all the boxes in the provision of biker friendly, social excellence with healthy helpings of real ale and cider with delicious treats from Caroline's Kitchen to keep your stomach happy. A huge bonus and testimony to Nicks passion for the area and local business is that the town is on your doorstep and those attending are encouraged to explore Machynlleth and sample the delights. Indeed, as you soon discover on the organised 'treasure hunt' you are signposted to get in to the sticks and hunt out many of the little coffee stops and cafes in return for scoring points.

Mach 2 is plenty big enough for the abundance of bikes, tents, campers and trailers which pitched up and there is enough space around you that you'll feel your privacy is respected and you can 'stretch out'. You will also have no problem when it comes to queuing for food and refreshments or visiting one of the many portable, yet luxury loo's which are scattered liberally around the site. Nick & Caroline have ensured there are more than adequate amounts and they are kept a close eye on with regular cleaning so no loo roll shortage occurs!

A variety of live acts keep you entertained during the evening with a liberal dose of fire jugglers thrown in for good measure.

Walking around the bikes revealed a broad diversity of machines and number plates with riders coming from all over Europe to take part in a little R 'n' R along with some that made the journey specifically for Nicks event. With such an event right on your doorstep you would be foolish to miss it, and if you eventually do take the plunge and go along you will be kicking yourself for not doing it earlier.

We are definitely looking forward to Mach 3, in fact stop-press, Nick has announced Mach 2.5 to be held on the last weekend (Bank Holiday) of August). Hosting a smaller number of visitors Mach 2.5 will be sure to sell out fast.

Festival fun for the biker family!
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Nick Sanders Night

Nick Sanders Night
Thank you to all who came to our 'Evening with Nick Sanders'.

The night was a big success and Nick was genuinely amazed by the atmosphere and number of you who came along.

For those who did not attend, Nick gave a 90 minute talk from everything from his early days getting sponsorship to more recent times and his plans for the future including the 'Mach 2' festival in Wales.

The guys from Ocean BMW put a couple of tempting machines in the lobby and the Waie Inn provided wonderful food and beer to keep hunger away in the amazing Devon setting.

It was also great to see so many friends and also to put faces to names and voices.

We hope to announce some more similar events soon - watch this space.

Thanks again
John and the team at Moto Ventura Tours
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Moto Ventura Tours Presents - An Evening with Nick Sanders. Motorcycle Legend

Moto Ventura Tours Presents - An Evening with Nick Sanders. Motorcycle Legend
Moto Ventura Tours presents 'An Evening with Nick Sanders.'

Nick will be our guest at the the Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Devon on Saturday 8th April 2017.

Nick is a multi-record breaking motorcyclist and British Motorcycling Legend. As well as a former world record holder for bicycling around the world he is more commonly known for his motorcycle world records again circumnavigating the world on several occasions. He is famous for undertaking such challenges on a Yamaha R1 sports bike including numerous desert/mountain crossings on the R1 which would challenge even the most hardened off-road rider.

Nick's story includes taking two narrowboats across the English Channel to the Black Sea, piloting hot air balloons and establishing the U.K.'s first motorcycle festival 'Mach 1' at his exhibition centre in Wales.

All of the above he has achieved in his own style which is fast paced, exciting and often accompanied with many laughs and anecdotes.

Nick will start his talk (which includes movie clips etc) at 6:30pm for approximately 90 mins after which a buffet will be served and opportunity to have a Q&A session with Nick.

Please arrive in good time.

The venue has a bar for those requiring additional refreshments.

Due to the venue tickets will be 'first-come first-serve' basis hence the need to call/email direct.

For ticket purchase or further info email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or contact us on 07590 599662.

This is a ticket only event and tickets are available now from Moto Ventura Tours at £15 per person.

Ticket price includes:
90 minute presentation from Nick Sanders
Evening Buffet
Signed copy of Nick's latest DVD or Book (worth £12.99)
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Legend Nick Sanders and some updates on 9-Länder tour.

Legend Nick Sanders and some updates on 9-Länder tour.
As 9-Länder approaches we want to remind people that if you want to book one of the few remaining spaces then payment needs to be made as soon as your spot is secured! This is due to us now being within 6 weeks of the tour starting - so if you don't want to miss out on this brilliant tour, you need to be quick!

We have added a couple of extra surprises this year making this 9-Länder even more memorable.

Don't hesitate to email of call us to secure your place.

On a separate note, we had the pleasure of bumping into motorcycling's answer to Ranulph Fiennes and iconic British motorcycling legend - Nick Sanders at Damerells in Cornwall last week. A true gentlemen and his stories had us in complete stitches as is always the case. If you ever get chance to see Nick please do, and if you are in Wales on your bike then a visit and stay at his Exhibition Centre is a must! His new book 'The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man. Vol 1' is essential reading for anyone with a taste for adventure.

Good luck with 'Mach 1' Nick!

More exciting Nick Sanders news to follow in due course...
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John
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National Motorcycle Show at the NEC

Having been to the NEC bike show for a few years now it is good to see some of the same old faces and some new ones. Was certainly impressed by the size of the BMW stand (Ok I am biased!) and generally I thought the show felt bigger than previous years.

We met some really nice people at the show and saw some great new products but I have to single out my two 'dream garage' bikes - Well everyone has a dream garage don't they? Once again, like last year, I spent a long time drooling over the Indian Scout, this little machine absolutely rocks my world!! Would love to have a go - think I may need to book a test ride. Closely followed by the R-nine-T Scrambler. My better half thought it looked straight out the 'Great Escape'. It really did have that Steve McQueen feel. Another one to throw a leg over when I get change - both are hovering around the £10k mark. Tough choices!

The only tough decision with the Indian would be Red or Black? Hmmmm I think Red would win.

I am always impressed with the Union Flag Blazer that Nick Sanders sports, certainly suits him Sir! Can remember Nick having just a small table piled high with DVD's a few years back, not a dodgy blazer in sight!

Saw some amazing offerings in the touring world from all the big makes - I still think BMW have set the standard but Triumph are certainly upping their game. The FJR from Yamaha looked no different from other years - but if it ain't broke it don't need fixing! It is still a fantastic tourer.

Finally just something I felt I had to share - After a drool over the GTR I got this little gem from KAWASAKI!!! I wonder if someone has said too much!? I have always been a massive fan of the ZRX. Having had a couple of them. I always pester the staff to ask why this bike is still sold in Japan but no longer available to the UK/Euro/US market. The answer is something to do with Horses and Brakes!? Seriously - the Japanese version only knocks out about 90 horses apparently. Not enough for the UK market. I can never get my head around that as I don't see the difference in manufacturing the ZRX for the west along with the other bikes they build but hey!

The Kwaker rep informed me that Europe could possibly see a ZRX in the next 2 years! OMG! This would make a lot of people very happy - Just pray they don't ruin it.
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