Granite City welcome for Niall and Taylor Mackenzie

More than 150 motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen on the last Tuesday in November, for the second in a series of yearly events aimed at bringing motorcycling legends to the north-east of Scotland, writes Gorgeous Biker Chick.

Members of the audience were encouraged to check out the bikes after the talk – a popular move and much appreciated by many.

Organiser Andy Freeman fell into arranging the events by accident. “I got to know Niall Mackenzie, John McGuinness and Dennis Hobbs by doing a lot of track days,” he said. “I then organised a private track day at Knockhill through my work with the three of them as instructors, and afterwards suggested a charity night in Aberdeen – and they all agreed.”

In 2015 John McGuinness was the star guest, interviewed on stage by author and TT record-holder Mat Oxley, and more than £13,000 was raised for local charity The Archie Foundation, which provides funding for 170,000 children and families. The foundation supplies money for emergency and long-term grants, hospital improvements, staff training and research.

For the 2016 event, supported by Ecosse Motorcycles in Aberdeen,the special guest was multiple British Superbike Champion Niall Mackenzie, and The Bike Bus, (www.bookthebikebus.co.uk)an Aberdeen-based specialist motorcycle transport company, was tasked with ensuring that Niall’s 1991 factory Yamaha YZR500 was safely delivered to the ballroom.

Read more in January’s issue of OBM

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