A total of nine club machines were on display at this years Classic Motorcycle Show held at the NEC near Birmingham. This is a show that the club has supported for a number of years now but it seems to be slowly dying, from occupying two full halls in the early days it has shrunk to little more that a foot-note to the car show. At least three national bike clubs pulled out this year who were present last time round. The bike auto jumble seems to be getting smaller as well, one wonders if the event will be viable in the future.
However those who went had a reasonable time, with a fair number visitors to the stand, especially on Saturday. There was also the chance to look around the motor show for those interested. One sour note, one of our members had his pump stolen from his bike, sadly it’s not possible to watch every machine all the time. Also for the people who need to get their vehicles into the hall at the start and finish of the show were given the usual run a round by the NEC car parking people. This is a show that held a lot of promise in the early days, but does not seem to be living up to it. We have already been invited for next year, but whether we go or not will be for the membership to decide.
Report by John Lay and images provided by Paul Albert. Paul also owns the copywrite to these images