This October saw the club displaying at “Classic Bike Live” for the second time (it’s in fact only the second time this show has run, does that make us “founder members”?). Originally we had asked of space for 13 machines, although in the end we had for various reasons 12 in total, with 10 on show each day – two were displayed Saturday only, but being replaced by two different machines on Sunday.
At first we thought there was going to be a problem as the space marked out for us was too small, we could not have got half of our machines into it. All turned out OK as it happened, the chalk marks on the floor were from a previous event that had not been properly cleaned off, so in fact we ended up with plenty of space.
Attendance at the show itself was a bit thin, better on the Sunday but that at least meant everyone was able to see everything easily without pushing or shoving. Of the trade show/jumble, the jumble was virtually non existent, and just how many cheap tool merchants do you need? Also some of the clubs were placed in a somewhat remote hall which some people never even found, which is not likely to encourage them to return.
That said there were plenty of bikes to see, some interesting people to talk to and even a few thing to buy, so all in all not a bad couple of days out.
Machines displayed :-
Racing Velocette, Aermacchi *, BSA B29, Wall AutoWheel, Norton Commando, BSA M24, Egli Vincent, Norton Model 40, Silk 500, Silk 700, Triumph Trident, Moto Guzzi V65 *
* Guest Machines
Photos show a general view of the Club’s display.
Report and images by John Lay (Chairman)