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12th October 2006


Show Off at the RealClassic Autumn Shows

Hey! Autumn may be well on the way but you can't start hibernating just yet. Break out the waterproofs and make a date for the last two RealClassic events of 2006 (and you might even win a prize!)...

It's awfully easy to win a RealClassic concours award. Your bike doesn't need to be preened and perfect, posh or even particularly pretty. If it's old and well used and showing its years, or recently rebuilt and meticulously modded to ride many modern miles; well, either type could so easily turn the head of a RealClassic judge. Frank and Dave and Jacqueline have been known to choose all sorts of winners, from bikes as rare as rocking horse teeth to those as common as can be. Take a look at the photos on this page - all these bikes have won RC awards already this year.

Richard Morris' SS80 won at Popham...

The only complicated thing you have to do to stand a chance of taking home a trophy is… ENTER! We see plenty of potential prize-winners which spend all day at a show but which can't be considered for an award because they don't fill in a piece of paper on the day. Shame! And most organisers will send exhibitors a cut-price pass if you prebook your bike into a display.

In fact, if you get in touch with Andrew Greenwood right now then you should be in time to sort out an exhibitor's pass for either forthcoming RC event. The cut-off date is usually a fortnight before the Show, so don't dither for too long.

Oi... NVT... Smile!

If you're coming to Ardingly for the whole day then we'd be delighted to feature your bike on the RealClassic stand - we're normally slap-bang in the middle of the main hall. If you arrive between 9.30 and 10.30 then we should be able to find you a slot on the RC stand, alongside (hopefully) a good collection of other RealClassic readers' machines. (Remember that British Summer Time ends the night before and the clocks will go back by one hour - so we'll all get an extra hour's kip before the event. Super).

Of course, you don't have to be a concours competitor to come along to any RC-sponsored event. Nor (contrary to popular belief) is it compulsory to bring a chocolate offering for TP (although it does make the following Monday more bearable at RCHQ!). We don't even mind if you ride along on your modern motorbike (although old ones are more interesting to look at) and you're naturally welcome to bring along the family if you get gripes about leaving everyone at home and sloping off to play motorcycles - again!

Kevin Martin's CB900F

We'll have the full range of RealClassic regalia at the Ardingly Show including binders, mugs, hats, t-shirts and such and of course you'll be able to renew your sub with the Crew.

Random CB900 stuff on eBay.co.uk

Both shows normally see a varied array of old bikes and a clutch of more modern classics, plus a smattering of trade stands and autojumble stalls. At Malvern the competition between clubs was fierce earlier this year - can the DOT Club take home the trophy for the best club stand again in November? How many Turbos will turn up? The spring winner at Ardingly was George Page's handsome Rocket Goldie - but café racers won't necessarily be centre stage this October so anyone could be a winner…

Stuart McAulay's T150T was a winner Kent

SHOW OFF 1

  • EVENT: The South of England RealClassic Motorcycle Show
  • DATE: Sunday October 29th 2006
  • PLACE: South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: undercover and outdoor autojumble and refreshments, bike display and trade stalls in warm and pleasant indoor hall with good facilities. Normally more classic bikes than we can comfortably fit into the hall! And usually the weather is kind: Indian Summer anticipated. Frank's doing the judging so absolutely anything could win - he's been very taken by Panther 2-strokes of late… Oh, and don't forget that the clocks will have changed overnight!
  • ADMISSION: £5 adults, £4 OAPs
  • SPECIAL DEALS: Call 01484 452002 to enter your bike or club in advance; private entries get a season ticket and so pay just a quid to get in. Or wave your RC Clubcard when you turn up on the day and pay the OAP rate on the gate. See www.classicshows.org for general info about the event

    SHOW OFF 2

  • EVENT: The Malvern RealClassic Motorcycle Show
  • DATE: Sunday November 5th 2006
  • PLACE: Three Counties Showground, Malvern
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: extensive outdoor autojumble, refreshments, indoor bike display and trade stalls. Long-established event with excellent support from local clubs who put on corking displays of machines dating from pre-WW1 to the 1980s. Your judges for today should be Dave Minton ably assisted by Jacqueline Bickerstaff, and you might even catch sight of PUB, too. Weather? Anyone's guess. We've had floods and blizzards so we're probably due for frogs and locusts this time…
  • ADMISSION: £5 adults, £4 OAPs
  • SPECIAL DEALS: Call 01484 452002 to enter your bike or club in advance; private entries get a season ticket and so pay just a quid to get in. Or wave your RC Clubcard when you turn up on the day and pay the OAP rate on the gate. See www.classicshows.org for general info about the event


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