Sell-out crowd enjoy chance to meet racing champions
A PACKED house at Immingham Golf Club enjoyed the latest instalment in Keith Martin's series of motorsport chat shows.
Special guests at the Night with the Champions event were BBC presenter Steve Parrish, 2011 British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill and local legend Roger Marshall – the former British champion.
The audience of race fans were kept entertained for more than four hours.
Immingham Golf Club hosts three of these shows a year, and each one brings in fans from across the north of England.
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Parrish said: "I told the fans about my various exploits over the last 30 years racing bikes and trucks.
"I also recounted tales of my time at the BBC as their MotoGP presenter, which has given me the chance to ride the best bikes in the world for features I do on the show.
"I also get to interview the best riders in the world like Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi. The stories I told all went down very well indeed.
"Keith asked me about doing this show at the Motorcycle Live event in Birmingham we were both working at last December, and I had no hesitation in accepting his invitation."
Marshall, meanwhile, has a regular following of fans, from the Tilted Barrel pub at Waltham, who follow him to all the shows he attends.
The 'Barrel Boys' were out in force to see their hero, again on top form, recalling the days in the 1970s and 1980s when he beat Parrish and his friend, 500cc World Champion Barry Sheene, on a regular basis during their titanic battles at Cadwell Park.
Marshall said: "I love doing these shows. We always have plenty of laughs and it gives the fans a chance to get our autographs and have their photos taken with us.
"It's great that events like these keep us in touch with our fans, 30 years since we finished racing."
Hill told the audience that he is taking a year out of the sport this season to give him a chance to concentrate on other business opportunities.
He believes at 27, he will still be young enough to return to the sport in 2014, if he feels he wants to.
Hill also did impersonations of his former Suzuki racing boss Jack Valentine and Scunthorpe's Rob McElnea.
The sell-out audience gave the show the thumbs-up.
Mick O'Hagen and his wife, Kate, who are regular attendees from Sheffield, said: "Keith's shows are always great value for money and very entertaining.
"How he manages to attract the country's top stars to a small town like Immingham always amazes me.
"A show like this in Sheffield would probably cost £40 to get into, so for just £20 it was excellent value."
The next show, again at Immingham Golf Club, is on Friday, April 26.
Honda supremo Neil Tuxworth and his 2013 Louth-based racing team will be guests.