Classic Car and Bike Show NEC 2013

Chairmans report

The club was once again on show at this years NEC “Classic Bike Show” with our best turn out so far, twelve (12) member’s machine on display. A good mix of bikes, including singles, twins and “V”twins for the public to admire.

The show format changed this year in that instead of being in a side hall we were placed between the two halves of the Classic Car Show, this did have the effect of increasing the foot-fall through the area as people had to walk through to reach the remainder of the show, sadly most did just that. However a steady stream of visitors did venture off to the side to look at us. Alan’s Egli Vincent probably getting the most attention.

Of the show itself, it seemed to be somewhat lacking in comparison to previous years, with more of an air of an “after thought” with less exhibitors and space. The Coventry Museum of Transport with their collection of bikes and the VMCC being conspicuous by their absence. One “exhibit” we really could have done without was the Wall of Death, no doubt an attraction to the punters visiting the show, but for those next to it – and we were very close – the noise of the bikes was bad enough, but probably just about tolerable, however their front man endless barracking out the same spiel at max volume for three days became really wearing! That aside most people enjoyed their time, and we have already received an invite for next years show.

The membership secretary tells me that a considerable number of membership forms were given out, and even some people paid up and joined!

Thanks to all those who helped to man the stand, brought machines and gave their support.

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