17th October 2014
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South of England RealClassic Bike Show
The autumn Ardingly event hosted hundreds of handsome classic motorcycles. Here’s a selection of snapshots showing some of the machines which went home as winners...
To be in with a chance of winning the RealClassic award, you need to catch the judges’ eyes. Parking your P&J slap-bang in front of the RC stand often has the right effect… as the owner of this handsome ISDT Triumph TR5T proved by plonking it under our snouts at 9am.
Used regularly on club runs and in classic long distance trials – and proudly bearing the battle scars to prove it! A worthy RC winner.
We’ve seen bikes which have been entirely rebuilt from the wheels up and they’ve been in far worse condition than this splendid 1955 Matchless twin, a G9 Super Clubman which has travelled some 71,000 miles and has never been restored. It was laid up back in 1968, bought by the current owner in 2012, and just needed new tyres and wiring.
One of the heavyweight contenders which went home with a prize, this 1957 FLH Duo-Glide was imported from the USA in 1990 in running order and has now been with its current owner for the last 17 years.
Another beefy beast, this 1976 Z900 has been mildly modified with upgraded brakes and swinging arm and rebuilt wheels, and it's finished in the understated Candy Blue colours from 1975. Too good to pass by without taking a photo and giving it a prize.
Who says that posh desert sleds are all ‘show’ and no ‘go’? As you can tell from the state of it, this 1967 Matchless P11 was ridden into the show and its owner clearly gets about a bit. The P11 was brought back from the USA and restored in 2002; since then it has travelled all over Europe, including Italy, Poland and Ireland.
There was a new concours class this time around, Best Café Racer. And here’s the bike which took that particular award. It’s shiny. And. Umm…
Another handsome heavyweight, this Vincent Black Knight was hard to ignore. And it could be yours if you’ve got £45,000 going spare.
And finally… the club prize went to the BSAOC this time, for their excellent display which included the raffle Starfire. Tickets cost just a quid, and the raffle won’t be drawn until March 2015 so there’s still time to grab some at the next event.
Speaking of next events, the South of England RealClassic Bike Show is organised by Elk Promotions who host several other excellent shows and bikejumbles in the south-east. See www.elkpromotions.co.uk for a full list of show winners and dates and details for 2015.
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