The Hastings May Day Run which has been going for over 35 years is a much loved and great day out for locals and visitors from all over as well, even more so if you have a passion for motorbike.
We have some statistics from the organisers of the event and they gave us some insights in to what this one day event does for the local economy.
The first thing that may surprise you is that the amount of people who came specifically for the event hit a record 41,000 motorcycles in the town on the day based on Police camera records which is a 30% increase from last year. That’s a lot of people and for some it might seem hard to imagine that the towns population goes up by nearly 50%.
To truly understand these numbers we recommend (next year, of course) that you stand near the castle on the West Hill which will give you a commanding view down toward the Stade all you will see is a sea of bikes and people and then it out in to perspective.
Overall 96,000 people entered the town centre between 0900 and 1700 when the BSB live from Oulton Park was on the big screen which is more than the entire population of Hastings itself!
The event has now surpassed the world famous Isle of Man TT as well in numbers of bikers who attend. the seafront stretch had bikes taking up every available space for two miles.
The organisers estimate that the Spring Run is worth over £2m to the local economy with traders enjoying a bumper day in fast food sales and incidentals as well as fuel and associated products.
There were stalls throughout the event selling anything from £10 bike gloves to £900 custom helmets as well as more dealers offering test rides etc than any other one day coastal show in the country.
While the great weather obviously helped it was also noticed that Spring Opener has now blossomed from being a regional event into a major national motorcycle festival with bikers now travelling from all over the country including large contingents from the West Midlands and Newcastle Upon Tyne.
The event itself does attract locals but they now only make up 20% of the visitors on the day this means that most of the money generated on the day has come from sources outside the area which provides a great financial boost for the town.
If you missed the event, don’t worry as there will be a new event on the 27th July at the Bexhill Motofest which you can find out about here including details on sponsorship.