The UK’s biggest road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has announced it will be taking part in Britain’s premiere motorcycle show – the star-studded Motorcycle Live, from 18 to 26 November at the Birmingham NEC.
As part of the charity’s involvement, top female road and sidecar racer and IAM RoadSmart rider ambassador ‘Queen of Bikes’ Maria Costello MBE will be on the IAM RoadSmart stand (Hall 2, Stand 2C45) from 2pm on 24 November to meet with fans.
Motorcycle Live is a glittering spectacle and undoubtedly the highpoint of the biking year, with a host of manufacturers set to announce new machinery, the chance for junior and adult bikers to put their own skills to the test, plus the chance to meet other top names from the biking world all under one roof.
And IAM RoadSmart will be offering a limited number of Motorcycle Live attendees the chance to buy its well-known advanced riding courses and memberships at a reduced price of £99 (usual price £149) across each of the nine days of the show.
Maria, 43, needs no introduction to anyone passionate about biking. She has made more than 40 starts at the Isle of Man TT and became world famous as the first women ever to claim a podium on the island – with third place in the Ultra Lightweight category of the 2005 Manx Grand Prix.
Her career spans two decades, with 2016 proving the most successful yet. She scored the female lap record at the Vauxhall International Northwest 200 plus a podium alongside 23 times TT winner John McGuinness in the Isle of Man Senior Classic TT.
For five years Maria held a Guinness World Record at the Isle of Man TT, when she lapped the Snaefell mountain course at an average speed of 114.73 mph in 2004 – thus becoming the fastest women to have done so.
She said: “I am very excited to be a part of Motorcycle Live and to represent IAM RoadSmart at the same time. It is always fun to be amongst the machinery and meet bike people – but also to show that fun biking can also be safe biking. I encourage anyone at the show to come on by and say hello. You might want to sign up for IAM RoadSmart’s advanced riding course while you’re at it!”