Motorcycle event attracts over 5,000

Sammy Miller MBE on his V8 engined Motto Guzzi entertained the crowds at Alford.
Sammy Miller MBE on his V8 engined Motto Guzzi entertained the crowds at Alford.

OVER 5,000 people flocked to a motorcycle convention at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford.

Road safety was a key message at the event where news spread of the death of a motorcyclist - believed to be making his way to the event - who was killed following a collison with a car.

38-year-old John McLean from the Buckie area of Moray died at the scene after his blue Suzuki GSXR motor cycle collided with a red Alfa Romeo motor car about a mile north of Lumsden on the A97 shortly after 11am on Sunday.

The 59 year old male driver of the Alfa Romeo and female passenger within that vehicle were uninjured.

Road Safety Grampian was offering advice to motorcyclists at the convention on Sunday and officers said they hoped to pass on information that might reduce the chances of them becoming involved in a road collision.

Constable Neil Robertson from Road Safety Grampian said: “Over the last month or so, the Grampian area has seen a number of road collisions involving motorcyclists. Some of these collisions could probably have been avoided.

“Road Safety Grampian are continuing to tackle this issue through ‘Operation Zenith’ which was launched in 2010. The main thrust of the operation is to encourage motorcyclists to improve their skills through advanced training.

“Unfortunately some bikers can drive too fast and treat the roads like a race track. They forget that there may be a hazard round the next corner such as a stationary or manoeuvring vehicle, or mud on the road. Other common factors in motorcycle collisions are poor observations, or poor positioning and control of the bike.”

Grampian Police can be contacted on 0845 600 5700.