Over 200 bikers offered a touching memorial tribute to motorcyclist Nino Sorrentino of Mynydd Isa, who was killed on his Suzuki motorbike after a collision with an automobile in Higher Kinnerton in July of 2011. After the crash, he was brought to the Wrexhan Maelor Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The memorial riders rode out in a convoy to raise money for a charity in his memory.
Nino’s mum, dad, and brother were all present for the Big Rock BBQ at the Petrolheads Café Milk Bar located in Boot End. The North Wales Police closed the coast road for three hours for the event. Nick was well liked and many of his close friends and admirers joined in to celebrate the life of the young welder, and to raise awareness of road safety for all riders and drivers. Nino’s accident happened exactly two years after he had sponsored a live music fest in memory of his friend Jessica Ward, after she perished in a car crash in 2008. Nino’s Jess Fest raised £400 for the Walton Neurological Centre in nearby Liverpool, and now Nino’s Big Rock BBQ has raised £3690 for the same good cause.
After the bikers took to the road in memory of Nino, they revved their bikes in unison at the finish line, and then there was entertainment by several rock bands with a DJ and a BBQ. One of Nino’s close friends performed in a reunion of a band that was one of Nino’s favorites. Sound reinforcement and DJ equipment for the party included a Mackie SRM 450 active public address system with a 24 channel mixing desk, Pioneer CDJ 1000 MK3s, a raised DJ platform, lights, and a projector for the periods between the band performances. Band performances were aided by public address loudspeakers including horns and bass cabinets, stage monitors, microphones, direct injection boxes, cables, and stands, a Lexicon reverb and delay and compresser, and a graphic equalizer, with an engineer qualified to run the system.
The ride out was supported by the North Wales Police and the Department of Transport safety campaign, named Think! which encourages drivers to Think Bike, Think Biker! The campaign points out that motorcycle riders in the UK are 35 times as likely as automobile accidents to suffer fatal injuries in a crash, and more should be done to make drivers aware of the dangers faced by bikers. Although the department is pleased that while KSIs have fallen in the last five years, they also point out that 30 motorcyclists are injured or killed every day at junctions in the UK, so more needs to be done. They offer advice for drivers to improve safety for motorcyclists they encounter, and they also teach motorcyclists how to drive defensively and avoid dangerous situations while riding. The campaign also encourages the universal and proper use of safety helmets and protective clothing to safeguard bikers in the event of a crash.