August 26th 2014
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Netley Marsh Eurojumble 2014
The huge two-day autojumble on the south coast returns at the start of September; the ideal opportunity to clear out your own shed, and then fill it up again...
Eurojumble is famous for being a huge, old-fashioned autojumble which fills a massive field at Netley Marsh near Southampton. Being so close to the Continent, and because its timing overlaps with the posh bash up the road at Beaulieu, Eurojumble typically attracts traders from across the Channel. So you'll very often find a different selection of old bikes for sale - the more unusual European marques and many repatriated old British bikes - together with stacks of old-stock spares which have been dragged out of a barn somewhere in the south of France.
This year's event takes place on Friday 5th September and Saturday 6th September 2014. The jumble opens at 9am each day, and keen campers can make a mini-weekend of it by arriving on the Thursday evening which helps beat the queues on the Saturday morning. That gives you more time to browse the hundreds of stalls - some of them trade specialists serving a specific marque or model, but also many smaller jumble stalls which only appear at one or two events each year.
In previous years we've found an enormous array of old Japanese machines up for grabs, including some handsome twin-shock trials bikes, and cult classics like this Suzi GT500, offered for sale at £2500. Eurojumble has also been a happy hunting ground for genuine 'original and unrestored' Britbikes, like the well-worn BSA single spotted last time around. Or how about the 1967 Matchless G15 CSR? It was up for £3600 and although it wouldn't win first prize in a beauty contest in its current condition, looked pretty much stock and appeared to be an authentic. Just remember to budget for the restoration when you buy…
Then it's time to prowl among the trestle tables and tarpaulins, seeking spares for your very own project. You'll find mountains of tyres, acres of bodywork, heaps of pistons, cylinders and even entire engines. Forks, shocks, mudguards; racks and saddles and spanners and rachets. New-old-stock and OE air filters, oil filters, drive chains and cables galore: just check that what's in the box actually matches the description on the outside. Remember, you can't take it back if it don't fit.
And while we're considering caveat emptor: if you buy a whole bike then make sure you get all the paperwork for it and a proper receipt for your cash. Bear in mind that if it's come from overseas and needs to be registered in this country then there's likely to be fees to pay - and possibly import duties. So don't get carried away with what looks to be a low asking price on a foreign machine: you might end up writing a big cheque to HMRC if you want to put it on the road!
With your bargain-hunting head on, you'll find a bunch of less formal stalls to browse on the Saturday which is when Eurojumble offers a garage clear-out arrangement for private individuals. This means you can empty your shed into the boot of the car and bring it along on Saturday: a 15x20ft plot is £20 for cars or £30 for small vans.
If you'd like to book a Saturday stand to clear your shed then call Andy Kitchen on 01507 529435. Admission and camping can be prebooked on 01507 529529.
Otherwise, just turn up on the day at Meadowmead Farm, Ringwood Rd, Netley Marsh, Between Cadnam and Totton, Hampshire, SO40 7GY where it'll cost you £7.50 per adult admission. More info from www.classicbikeshows.com
Eurojumble opens 9am to 5pm on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th September 2014.
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