OBSERVED 2, an exclusive exhibition of 150 international motorcycle trials images by the legend of trials photography, Eric Kitchen, will be staged at the UK leg of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Fort William from 25 – 27 June 2010.
Says a spokesperson: “This incredible montage of photos, chosen by Kitchen from his private collection, charts the story of the FIM Trial World Championship, now in its 35th year, over the last three decades; many of which will be on public display for the very first time.”
Jake Miller, from organisers of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Fort William, L+M Events, said: “The term legend is used too often these days, but Eric Kitchen is one man who more than deserves this title.
“Following the huge success of the original Observed exhibition that ran during the Scottish Six Days Trial back in 2008, which featured over 30 years worth of images from this historic event, we decided it would be great to do something to tie in with this year’s Trial World Championship.
“Eric has been working for over six months on selecting over 150 images from his private collection, that consists of around 30,000 photos, which depict the FIM Trial World Championship from 1975 through to the modern day.
“Having had a sneak preview of this wonderful exhibition, it is something that must not be missed as it includes some incredible shots that have never been seen before.”
Added the spokesperson: “At a youthful 77 years-old, Eric Kitchen remains a very important part of the international trials community.
“Equipped with his famous Nikon cameras, Eric and his beautiful wife, Ellen, still continue to travel the world, year after year, in their Hymer camper. Eric’s ‘mobile office’ has now become a regular fixture on the European highways throughout the season.
“There is no doubt that Eric is by far the most respected and recognised trials photographer on the planet. This kind and gentle man has been responsible for many of the most famous images of the sport over the last 40 years or so, and remains a true living legend.”
The Observed 2 exhibition will be located in the Pinemarten Coffee Shop at Nevis Range close to the lower gondola station with admission free to all event ticket holders.
It will be open daily from 8.00am to 5.00pm – Friday 25 through to Sunday 27 June 2010 inclusive.
For full details and for further event information and to buy tickets visit the official event website – http://ukworldtrial.com/.
Discounted advance tickets are on sale until Friday 18th June.
Day passes will be available on the gate
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The FIM Trial World Championship is the most important and the best motorcycle trial competition series on the international calendar. It is the first year since 1992 that Scotland has hosted a stage of this prestigious World Championship series; and will see seven other Grand Prix events being hosted in Spain, Portugal, Japan, France, San Marino, Italy and the Czech Republic.
As a major focus for both country and rider, 60 of the world’s best riders from 15 countries around the globe will descend on the Scottish Highlands for two days of awesome and hotly-contested competition for valuable points towards the 2010 World Pro (male only at Fort William), World Junior (male and female) and World Youth (male and female) titles.
Motorcycle trials is unique in the World of motorsport. It is the only discipline where the winner is decided on skill alone. It is is a test of riding skill and blance over observed sections.
When comptetitors ride the sections their feet must remain on the footrests of the motorcycle.
They must negotiate steep gullies, slippery rock steps, rocky streams or boulder-streewn gorges. Sections vary in length and severity, and riders are penalised if they put their feet down to help them ride the section, and more so if they fail to negotiate the section in its entirety.
The sport originated in the UK nearly a century ago and has enjoyed a long association with Fort William and Lochaber – ‘The Outdoor Capital of the UK’ – as host to the World famous Scottish Six Days Trial. This year’s event will be staged in the area from 3 to 8 May.
Over 8,000 spectators are expected to attend the biggest and most spectacular display of trials riding ever seen on British soil. The main competition days will be Saturday and Sunday with Friday’s timetable offering a mixture of unique and exclusive activities including autograph and meet and greet sessions with the world’s top riders, official practice and ‘Kickstart – The Return’.
Friday will also be a great day to plan the best viewing points ready for the exciting competition over the weekend.
Tickets are now on sale with various cost saving advanced packages now available (until 18 June); from an adult two-day pass (£34.95) to a three-day limited edition VIP pass that includes meals and refreshments, reserved grandstand seating, rider meet and greet and mountain gondola access (£124.95).
Day passes will be available on the gate.
The 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Fort William is supported by EventScotland, Highland and Islands Enterprise and The Highland Council together with Nevis Range, Alcan, Forestry commission Scotland, VisitScotland, TMX and Hope.
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