I’m going to keep this post annoyingly brief and detailless as the full version will be featured in Dirt #122 with a shed loads amazing photos from the one and only Richard Baybutt. I just want to give a massive shout of thanks to everyone that turned up to take part, all 60 of you, and everyone that helped to make it happen. Specifically, Ruari Hallam, Duncan Philpott, Dave Camus, Richard Baybutt and Joe the Bowman. Also The Bike Garage, Edinburgh Bike Company, 18 bikes, Dirt, Steve Peat, Shore Lines, JE James Cycles and Brant Richards. Most of all to Alex Craig for letting us show his Slice of Surrealness in the first place.
In short, with a lot of help I put together a night of surreal entertainments to while away the winter blues. The line up included the trailer for Peatys New Movie ‘Don’t Back Down’, a video clip contest, an electronic bike quiz, a ManWolf Fancy Dress Contest, GhettoPaloza and the premiere of MachoTailDrop.
Each element on its own work brilliantly but presented in the BackDrop of the incredible Lantern Theatre, with a liberal spreading of booze and a sprinkle of TiS magic, the whole night was out of this world. Beset with problems due to a deluge of snow, late comers were welcomed in but their confused looks took a while longer to dissipate.
The video clip contest was voted for by the Loudest Jeer and won by Deathface (John Alexander) and the 2 metre Penis (Denis Cummings). They took home Enduro Goodies very kindly donated by Si Bowns at 18 Bikes. 2nd place was Rich Baybutt with another ManWolf themed classic who walked away with a Chromag beanie and Tee gifted by John at Shorelines. 3rd place on the night was Dave Camus with his clip of him sending an almighty booter on a hardtail. He took home a Kaboom Cleaning kit Courtacy of JE James’. Many thanks to everyone that offered up prizes for the night, it made it such a special occasion.
The winning Entry for the Film contest. Sax Wolf!.
The ManWolf Off, or fancy dress contest, was again voted by the public and their voices. The 2 metre Penis was again victorious and deservedly so. His interpretation of ‘The Boss’ was near perfect if not stretched a little vertically. He took home a copy of Steve Peat’s World championship book and a crate of Stella courtesy of the big man himself.
The Bike Quiz was 30 very tricky questions collated by the TiS team. It was won by the unlikely match of the ThisiStockyB boys, Craig and James, with Steve Hardcastle. Who’d have thought it. They were the clear winners with 23 points and took home a 12 month subscription to Dirt plus several Dirt Tees, thanks to Mike Rose. Well done lads.
The last competition of the evening was by far the most arduous for the contestants. GhettoPalloza. Dreamed up to be the mountain bike equivalent of Rollapaluza it was two turbo trainers side by side hooked up to a custom computer program. The turbos were set to ‘Ard and it destroyed many a good rider. The winner, after a protracted battle was Joe Bowman who beat James Crossland in the final. Joe walked away with the star prize which was a brand new bike servicing stand from Edinburgh Bike Company in Sheffield. James won a full set of RaceFace body armour courtesy of James Irwin at the Bike Garage in Bamford.
Video Footage of the final of GhettoPalooza, Bowman Vs Crossland (Video: John Paul Jones III)
The final gift of the night came from Brant Richards of On-One fame. He liked what we had planned so much and was so gutted that he couldn’t be there himself, that he bought everyone a pint out of his own pocket. Can’t thank you enough Brant, you’re a legend!
The night finished as this post will, with MachoTailDrop. More details of that in Dirt #122.
It was a night to remember and never forget… the first of many we hope.