Jim Redman MBE was guest of honour at last month's Ardingly Show. He charmed the fans, was available to chat throughout the day, and stayed right to the end to hand out the prizes. Here's some snapshots from the Show, and the winners' details...
Best Pre-1950. First place: Brian Moore / 1949 Triumph TR5 Trophy 500cc This was the first year of production for the TR5 with the wartime generator barrel. ‘We’ve had her for over 20 years and it’s taken me 2½ years to restore her, a complete nut and bolt rebuild.’
Best Pre-1950. Second place: John Marchant / 1937 600cc Sunbeam model 9A Fitted with a period Swallow launch style side-car. First registered on 5th March 1937.
Best 1950 – 59. First place: G Naughton / 1957 350cc Douglas Dragonfly Purchased in 1993 as a box of bits, with the most of it there but no paperwork. This is an ex-Pride and Clarke bike, registered in 1957. It has all matching numbers but no supporting paperwork, so an age-related index mark was applied for. Finished in 2013, it’s on the Douglas Club Register.
Best 1950 – 59. Second place: DJ Winfield / 1959 650cc Triumph T100
Best 1960 – 69. First place: Geoff King / 1969 650cc BSA A65 Lightning This unit construction twin model was made from 1962 until 1970. This machine has undergone a full engine and gearbox rebuild during the winter of 2013/14.
Best 1960 – 69. Second place: M Johnson / 1967 500cc Velocette Thruxton Mick tells us ‘A rare beast, it’s been in a bedroom for the last 20 years, and I have been lucky enough to now be in possession of it. Still with its original registration number.’
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Best 1970-on. First place: Neil Pattemore / 1970 650cc Triumph T120 Bonneville This is one of the final, original UK-specification T120 Bonnevilles. A few weeks later the design changed to oil-in-frame. The bike was sold by Athertons of Liverpool in late 1970, and was subsequently sent to Pakistan in 1980. The bike was repatriated in 2000 in a very sorry state. It’s been completely restored by the current owner to be ridden and enjoyed.
Best 1970-on. Second place: S Gamage / 1978 250cc Honda Dream Has been with its current owner since new, and it’s still in showroom condition. Restored in the mid-1990s, it has won many shows, and looks the same as the day it was bought!
Best Competition/Special. First place: Tony King / 1937 499cc Vincent HRD TT Replica Bought by the present owner in the late 1960s as a box of bits for £25, most parts were found to be original. This machine is thought to be the sole survivor of five Series B TT Replicas. These were exact replicas of the works racers in all but the gearbox, which was Burman instead of Albion.
Best Competition/Special. Second place: Greg Holliday / 1966 Honda 498cc CB 500/4 Replica A replica racer built in 2001 of the famous Honda 500/4 to commemorate Mike Hailwood. Displayed with a genuine Mike Hailwood helmet from 1965. Tuned engine featuring half race Joy cam, high comp pistons, plus Grimeca drum front brake, alloy rims with racing tyres, hand-made alloy tank and seat hump. Just had a refresh including paintwork and exhausts stove enamelled - ready to race!
Best Heavyweight. First place: Stephen Cork / 1974 Kawasaki 903cc Z1A This is a restored American import, regularly used.
Best Heavyweight. Second place: Dave Harding / 1975 750cc Triumph Trident T160 One of the last of the Triumph triples, this bike was an ex-demo machine, then had just one owner. Last taxed in 1976 according to DVLA records, it then sat in the back of a garage for the last thirty-five years. The engine has undergone a rebuild, while the paintwork and most of the chrome is all original. A few items have been replaced but the bike is largely original, with 16,000 miles on the clock, which is believed to be correct.
Best Lightweight. First place: Jim Rose / 1973 250cc Ducati Barcelona 24 Horas This model - pictured below - was named after the Barcelona 24 Hour endurance race. Held on the demanding Montjuic Park circuit in that city, this was one of the most prestigious endurance races on the calendar.
Best Lightweight. Second place: Arthur Walls / 1932 172cc Francis-Barnett Condor Model 26 Restored and hand painted by the owner, this machine is one of only two known to exist. A rare machine, this sports model made for one year only and is one of only two known survivors. Fitted with the Villiers Brooklands engine, it has completed the test hill at Brooklands museum with ease many times.
Best British. First place: John Lelliott / 1959 500cc BSA Gold Star DBD34
Best British. Second place: Dick Leaver / 1929 500cc Matchless V2 A sporting machine, originally marketed by Matchless with a guaranteed speed of 85mph.
Best Overseas. First place: Bernie Stevens / 1952 350cc Horex Regina III Horex was known in Germany as the ‘Marque Made for the Motorcyclist by a Motorcyclist’. Built in the image of an old English long-stroke ‘thumper’, even to the extent of including a right-side 1-up 3-down gear change.
Best Overseas. Second place: Paul Rutter / 1935 1276cc Indian Four Cylinder Shipped to Edinburgh in 1935 direct from the Indian factory. Restored over the past 20 years, this machine is one of only approximately 120 that were made.
Best Manx Norton. David Rollison / 1959 Norton 500cc Manx 30M This machine is ex-Stan Woods - Charlie Sanby. Owned by John Rollison from 1993 until 2013. John raced Manx Nortons in the 1960s, but not this one. Now owned by his wife and son in his memory, and pictured with Jim Redman, above.
Best Club Stand: BSA Bantam Club
The Next Elk Promotions Event is in 2016: The Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show & Bikejumble: 10am Easter Monday 28th March 2016 at Ashford Market, Orbital Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0HB. Visit the Elk site for more info or to enter your classic for any forthcoming Elk events: www.elk-promo tions.co.uk
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