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Midlands show venue destroyed

By Chris Williams. Published: 16th Sep 2003, 20:01:48 | Permalink | Printable

Motorcycle Museum in flames, event in doubt

The National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham, the venue of this year's RISC OS Midlands show, has been destroyed by fire this evening, according to BBC reports. The fire has wiped out 60% of the building and a spokesperson from the West Midlands Fire Service is quoted as saying, "Most of the roof is involved with the fire".

Luckily, no one is reported to be injured although around 400 bikes were lost.

The apparent extent of fire will more than likely rule out any chance of hosting, well, anything at the site for a long time which means the Midlands show will have to be postponed and, at the very least, relocated to another venue. The show is managed by the ARM Club and was due to be held on the 29th November and would have marked the first anniversary of the first sale of the Castle Iyonix.

More information to follow, when we receive it.

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400 Bikes destroyed very bad news.

Some of them were great bikes. :( -- British by birth English by the Grace of God. [link]

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 16/9/03 8:34PM
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Here is some more news about the fire

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-- British by birth English by the Grace of God. [link]

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 16/9/03 10:27PM
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I'm very sorry to hear about this, both as a RISC OS fan and as someone who loves classic motor bikes.

Time to play "Show must go on" -- Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 17/9/03 2:00AM
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I have myself made the long journey to the Midlands show on a few occasions and always found it to be an excellent lntimate show. My enjoyment of the day was always increased by being able to view those wonderfully preserved pieces of engineering before and after the show. I am saddened to hear of their distruction.

Their is a 50% chance that I might be able to go to the show again this year. I hope they can find an alterative venue, but even if they do the memory of this sad event will cast a shadow over the day. -- Victor Shears, Maidstone

 is a RISC OS Uservshears on 17/9/03 10:32AM
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