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4th January 2005

RealClassic on The Road: Ready To Roll?

The RealClassic Roadshow is set to rumble across country for the first time in 2005; heading for Leamington Spa on January 9th. If you're not quite sure what to expect...well, here's the highlights of the Ardingly and Malvern Shows from last autumn...

The Warwickshire Exhibition Centre will host a new event in just a few days - the first Classic British Motorcycle Show and Jumble on Sunday 9th January 2005. It's a mirror image of last autumn's Japanese ride-in event at the same venue - which got off to an enthusiastic start. Now, it would be just plain embarrassing for us tub-thumping patriots if more people turned out for an Oriental escapade than trooped the colour for a Britbike bonanza, so why don't you come along? Otherwise CB350 Paul (sorry; that should now read CB750 Paul - he put on weight over Christmas!) will be just insufferably smug about the superiority of the Japanese breed...

Andrew the Organiser...We'll be supporting the show in our usual fashion, bringing the RealClassic Roadshow complete with HobNobs and Jaffa Cakes and even magazines in the (surprise!) new and improved Big Blue RC van. Yes; it's either good news (the magazine is doing so well that we had to get a bigger van) or less good news (who broke the small silver one, then?). You can probably guess which is the most likely scenario!

So fire up your aged clunker and come on down to join us. You might still have time to enter your classic Brit for the concours competition - it's a bit near the date for internet entries so call Andrew the organiser on 01484 452002 if you'd like an exhibitor's pass.

Not done this sort of thing before? Well; here's what went on at the RealClassic Malvern and Ardingly Shows at the end of last year:-

'A good day out, and a nice ride there and back, and pleasant company at the show. My nice new sweatshirt kept me warm on the home journey. Nice to see all the old faces again, and to put faces to names, Jim Algar, and Mick M. It certainly has grown into a big show with some lovely bikes.'
Mick Lake

Names are put to faces at the Ardingley show

'Great day at Malvern. Bought a jacket at a discount from the sale price -- 40 is a Good Deal! Must get the matching trousers next time? Bought a set of NOS M33 gaskets, the only ones there. The seller refused the 3/1d marked on the cover, in fact old money was not understood, large colleague good naturedly invited me to go away. They couldn't answer a query I had, so instead of BS they phoned the man who did know and put me on to him. Top service.

On the way out I spent another tenner on a set of large wad punches, a C clamp and a bundle of lighters. Good to meet so many RC faces. Congratulations to Jim for his well deserved award and to Marc for building a nice Matchbox that fitted me rather well - sounded fantastic when he fired it up. Plenty of biccies on display, but Rowena & Emm kept them from me, to try to preserve my sylph-like for bumping the B25.'
A65 Bill

BSA Bits on
Best Commando at Malvern

'What more could one ask for? A shed full of wonderful old bikes, hot coffee, Hobnobs AND cakes and the delightful Rowena and Emm to greet you along with Frank, Toaster, Jim, Dave and all the others that make this the best bike magazine and close knit family ever.

It's a real pleasure to be a member of such a friendly group with one common interest.'

'I thought it was great. My first time at a classic bike show, and my memories were well stirred. Although I must say I felt sorry about the pristine bikes which were obviously never ridden. The slightly muckier versions, which obviously were, looked somehow more interesting.

Picked up a slow puncture somewhere along the way, which is more than I managed to pick up at the RealClassic stand in the way of HobNobs! Someone must have considered me too fat to need one! Good show, thanks to all.'

Another Malvern Norton

'Good to meet some more of you lot at Malvern, had a lovely day. Not as many bikes as I would have hoped but some nice ones all the same. Keep up the good work RC, hope to join you next year on the G3.
G3 Cal


ROLL OF HONOUR: South of England RealClassic Bike Show, October 31st 2004

Best In Show: Ariel Square Four, FJJ 344, Bob Mitchell

Class Winners

  • Pre-1950s: Indian 4, GSK 719, Mike De Bidaph
  • 1950s: Norton Dominator 88, 944 HPD, Jim West
  • 1960s: BSA Spitfire mk2, JRE 189D, Mr Spiller
  • 1970s: Ducati 900SS, LFG 391S, Andy Smith
  • 1980s: Hesketh Vampire, GEL 502Y, Matt Smith
  • Best European/American: 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA, GSU 770, Peter Hall
  • Best 2-Stroke: Greeves 24TD, 751 EUV
  • Best Japanese: Honda CR750, Andy Smith
  • Best Racing / Off-Road: Ariel RH350, KPX 149, David Harding
  • Best Ridden To Event: Indian 741, GUU 846, Anita Dray
  • Best BSA: Super Rocket, VFF 363, Don Hiscock
  • Best Norton: Dominator 99, 161 JHXM Doug Unwin
  • Best Triumph: Tiger 110, APR 162, John Ellis
  • Best Other British: Norton/Ariel, MUS 686, Andy Cook

    Yes, it's a Noriel. Or Ariton.


    Inspired to come out and play this weekend, then? Head for the Classic British Motorcycle Show and Jumble, at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa. It's about three miles out of town on the A425/B4455 junction - which happens to be the Fosse Way. The quickest way to find it is by taking J12 off the M40 and then DON'T go to the heritage centre at Gaydon - turn right instead at the T-junction (it'll make sense when you get there. Honest).

    The fun starts on Sunday 9th January 2005 at 10am and the show's over at a sensible 3pm so you might make it home before darkness falls. Parking is free, adult admission is 5, OAPs 4 and kids over 7 1. There's a warm hall and a good caff - if you can't find us on the RC stand then look for us in the restaurant!

    More info from 01484 452002 or

    Coming along? Meet the rest of the rabble...

    Possibly a Royal Enfield, possibly at Malvern, definitely Emm, Rowena and someone else.

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