Bikers from all over the world head to King’s Lynn for Dirt Quake

One competitor takes a nap after arriving at Dirt Quake, at the Norfolk Arena. Picture: Chris Bishop

One competitor takes a nap after arriving at Dirt Quake, at the Norfolk Arena. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Guttural sounds of revving engines can be heard reverberating around the fields in West Norfolk today.

Pasha Coxhill, from Liverpool, who built his bike from parts of different machines. Picture: Chris B

Pasha Coxhill, from Liverpool, who built his bike from parts of different machines. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Bikers from all over the world are making their way to King's Lynn for one of the most talked-about motorcycling festivals in the country.

These are the early birds who have travelled far and wide for the Dirt Quake festival taking place at the Adrian Flux Arena this weekend.

Every year, bikers gather in their masses to ride against each other, with no rules and no restrictions.

Niels Peter Jensen, from Hamburg, with a bike he built in three weeks. Picture: Chris Bishop

Niels Peter Jensen, from Hamburg, with a bike he built in three weeks. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

It's akin to the 60s American counterculture of motorcycle clubs, made famous by the notorious Hells Angels cruising down the highway on their Harley Davidsons.


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With some riders basking in the afternoon sun in Saddlebow Road, others were hard at work adding final touches to their customised bikes.

Niels Peter Jensen has travelled from Hamburg, Germany, to join the festival for the first time.

Dirt Quake organiser Neil Duncanson at the Norfolk Arena. Picture: Chris Bishop

Dirt Quake organiser Neil Duncanson at the Norfolk Arena. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

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He has been on the road with friend Maxwell Arrelien, from Paris, France, for several days in preparation for the event.

'I heard about this event from my friends.' Mr Jensen said. 'They said it's the best.

'Pros and amateurs riding bikes together, everybody takes it easy.'

Gudlaug Jensdottir, from Liverpool, has been a regular festival-goer for 4 years. She was once known as 'the frog lady' for racing in a green costume, which she said was actually meant to be a green parrot.

'I come for the people, the bikes and the race, of course. You get to play around a little.' She said.

The festival attracts thousands of people and big names in the motorcycling world every year, including racer and TV presenter Guy Martin.

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The Dirt Quake festival has been taken over by production company North One Television since May of this year.

Chief exec Neil Duncanson said he said he was encouraged by Guy Martin to take ownership of the festival.

'The only reason we are here is because Guy Martin, it's all his fault.' Mr Duncanson said.

'He said to me it is just a lovely event and the people here are lovely.'

Mr Duncanson hopes to transform Dirt Quake into a globalized brand, with plans already being made for festivals in the US, Japan and India.

He said: 'This is the next step forward and I'm really excited about this weekend, it's a really cool event.

'It's not about winning but watch how hard they try, but it's fun and that is the key here.'

For more information and to book tickets, visit Dirt Quake website.

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