18th July 2012
The UK isn't the only place to hold a festival of a thousand bikes. The Classic Motorcycle Club in South Africa also host a major motorcycling meet each summer...
A crowd of more than 10,000 people visited the 1000 Bike Show at Germiston near Johannesburg in July 2012. This is believed to be the largest crowd in the 30 year history of this annual event, which was staged for the first time in 1983. The 2012 show, organised by the Classic Motorcycle Club (CMC), featured more than 400 classic and modern motorcycles in a huge marquee - the biggest yet used for this event - and many more machines were exhibited in the outside area. There were also more than 50 stalls adjacent to the marquee selling a wide variety of products including motorcycling clothing and accessories.Kevin Robertson took three awards, including best classic on show, with his 1935 Excelsior Manxman 250
Many of the huge crowd of visitors also came on motorcycles or trikes which provided a wonderfully interesting show for enthusiasts. On the Saturday the motorcycles overflowed the football field.The 2012 South African 1000 Bike Show drew more than 10,000 visitors over two days
There was a wide variety of motorcycles on display in the covered area, ranging from the oldest machine in South Africa, Peter Hall's 1903 Buchet 500 to the latest models in the ever-expanding Triumph range, which made up a large display that was a mix of nostalgic old Triumphs and the new range.Interested show visitor Johan van Zyl, the President and CEO of Toyota SA, tries out Ian Groat's Matchless G50 'Wagon Wheels' racer with Ian looking on
Another veteran motorcycle of interest was a 1914 Humber 750 that has had three owners but never been rebuilt. However, it had been fitted with a new wooden brake block for the rear wheel in recent times! Retiring CMC chairman, Pierre Cronje, was particularly proud of his restored 1939 Triumph Speed Twin, which took two runner-up awards at its first appearance on a show.This Triumph Speed Twin, belonging to retiring chairman of the Classic Motorcycle Club, Pierre Cronje, won two awards in its first show
One keen classic motorcyclist whose cup of success is overflowing this year is Kevin Robertson, winner of the DJ Rally staged between Durban and Johannesburg earlier this year. Although a Velocette man, his multiple successes at the 1000 Bike Show came thanks to his immaculate 1935 Excelsior Manxman 250. It was adjudged Best Classic on Show, Best Post Vintage motorcycle (up to 1945) and Best Past Winner.This scarce 1976 rotary-engined Suzuki RE5, belonging to Alwin Stevenson, was a big hit when it was coaxed into life
The focus was not only on the classic bikes as there was also a Concours d'Elegance competition for customised motorcycles on the Saturday. Best on Show in this category was Jan Olivier's 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa.
Full Results: Classic Concours d'Elegance
Results for Customised Concours d'Elegance
Winner of the Puzey Storm lucky ticket competition: Peter Lichfield
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