28th September 2011 2011
If you're a member of the RC Club then you can claim a quid off the admission price to this show. Better yet, win our quick online competition and you could bag a pair of tickets, completely free!...
RealClassic magazine isn't available in most newsagents so you need to subscribe if you'd like to read it every month. We aim to offer our subscribers extra bonuses whenever possible - and are delighted to announce that we've three pairs of tickets for the South of England RealClassic Bike Show at Ardingly on Sunday 23rd October 2011 to give away. You need to be a current magazine subscriber to enter the competition - details below.
If you don't happen to win the free tickets then you should definitely take your RealClassic Club card with you on when you trot along to the Show. The standard admission is £6 but that little blue card, exclusive to RC subscribers, will give you entrance at the discounted 'senior special' rate of a fiver. Then you can spend the quid you saved on a cup of coffee, white-no-sugar, and pass it straight to the magazine's editor, FrankW. He'll need the refreshment during the concours judging - the entry list of interesting motorcycles is definitely daunting for the man who has to choose the best of the bunch…
The oldest bike we're expecting to see is the 1919 Monarch - and you'd be forgiven for saying 'a 1919 what?' at this point. This is such a rare machine that only two others are known and this is probably the only restored example. It was found in the 1950s on the back of a rag and bone man's cart! Moving on a couple of decades, you should make time to stop at the AJS and Matchless Owners' Club stand to see the 1930 Silver Hawk; it's not every day that an OHC four-cylinder art deco darling drops by. And this one is a genuine runner, not a museum piece.
The post-war classes are packed with a mixture of well-ridden and well-cared for machines, including a good selection of competition bikes (Greeves, Rotrax and Bultaco among them) plus exotica from overseas including a Titan Suzuki T500, a nippy little Morini racer and a one-owner from-new Honda Dream. There's even a 1961 Motom which boasts fuel economy of - wait for it - 240mpg! And no, that's not a typo…
Once you've browsed the 150-plus bikes on display in the main hall you should stop by and say hi to guest of honour Gordon May. Gordon will introduce you to Peggy, the BSA Bantam D1 which against all odds carried him overland to Egypt and back again. The RC Roadshow will be next to the lobby, in the perfect place to grab a HobNob on your way past and peruse the new range of RC regalia.
Three additional halls host the motorcycle-only autojumble and more trade stands. There's also a free-to-enter BikeMart for the sale of complete, running machines by the public. Just pay the normal admittance fee and park your bike in the BikeMart zone. If hunger strikes while you're wandering around, the usual refreshment stands have been boosted by a hog roast (featuring local, free range pork - bang goes the diet!)
Tickets normally cost £6 for adults on the gate, but we have three FREE pairs of tickets to give away current subscribers to the monthly RC magazine. All you need to do is answer our fiendishly easy question by email, and then wait to see if you've won.
The Question: The Guest of Honour at the October 2011 Ardingly Show is:-
Send your answer by email to rchq at realclassic.net, and include your name, address, and RC Club number (it's on the label of your magazine each month if you have somehow lost your Club card).
Closing date for entries is noon on October 14th 2011. The three winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries (see further down if terms and conditions hold a deep fascination for you).
Gates open 10am at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL (which is ten minutes from J10 off the M23). Admission is £6 adults, £5 seniors in receipt of state pension and RC Club members, kids under 16 free. It all takes place on Sunday 23rd October 2011 and further info is available at www.elk-promotions.co.uk or call 01797 344277.
Photos by Keith Fryer, phoenixphoto.co.uk
This competition is for three pairs of tickets to the October 2011 South of England RealClassic Show, organised by Elk Promotions. No alternative prizes are offered. Employees of the Cosmic Bike Company, Elk Promotions and MMG Ltd are excluded from entry. You must be a current subscriber to RealClassic magazine to enter the competition, and only one entry per person will be accepted. Elk Promotions will send your pair of tickets by post: if the Royal Mail don't deliver them in time then we can offer nothing apart from commiserations and another chance to win something else at a later date…
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