7th February 2011
Entries are now invited for the concours classes at the Ardingly Spring South of England Show. Apply for your pass asap, because available spaces tend to fill up fast...
All classic bike owners who'd like to display their old bikes (which means one built before 1980) at the South of England Show on Sunday March 20th 2011 should apply for a pass, pronto. If you contact the organiser before the end of February then you should be in time to show off your classic in the Queen's Jubilee Hall at the South of England Showground, alongside the event's special guest Dave Degens and his race-winning Dresda Triumph 650.
Now recognised as one of the UK's leading tuning specialists, Degens started his racing career back in the 1960s. He built Tritons for the café racer clan and then successfully tried his hand at endurance racing in the late 60s and early 70s, winning the Barcelona 24 Hour Race in both 1965 and 1970. The bike which took top honours at Barcelona in 1970, a unit Triumph engine in Degens' own Dresda chassis, will be the star of the Show at Ardingly.
Dave Degens builds his bikes using what he calls 'sound, sensible engineering' to entice 80bhp from a Triumph twin engine, and he'll be hosting a Bike Clinic to help show-goers with their own classic queries. Dave's expertise covers a wide range of all makes of motorcycle across the decades - not just Tritons or other old Britbikes - and he'll be on hand throughout the South of England Show to answer questions and offer advice. Not only is Dave an old hand at extracting the ultimate in top end performance from an engine but he can also tune for solid durability or economy. If you don't need 80 horsepower then Dave can give you 100mpg instead…
Hundreds of other classic motorcycles will be displayed inside the Queen's Jubilee Hall at the South of England Showground. This event regularly attracts over 200 private entries, and individuals who'd like to display their pre-1980 classic bikes and take part in the concours competition are urged to enter early, before all the places are filled. Many of the motorcycles displayed at Ardingly are seldom seen elsewhere, and range from recently discovered barn-finds to high mileage touring classics which are ridden to the event in all weathers - even snow!The judging process is long and complicated. Frank offers second place to Jerry (left)?
An array of local clubs make the Spring South of England Show their first major event of the year. The competition to put on the best club display is always fierce; previous winners have included the Francis-Barnett Owners' Club, the Indian Riders' MC and the BSA OC. However, the AJS and Matchless Club, Sunbeam MCC, Sussex Motorcycle Club, VMCC, Scott Owners, Triumph, Vincent and Norton Clubs have all been well represented in recent years so judge Frank Westworth (editor of the monthly magazine, and always ably assisted by other members of the RC Crew) will have his work cut out for him. More clubs are always welcome to join the fray, either with a formal display indoors or by riding-in en masse.
There's usually an excellent array of RealClassic readers' machines mixed in with the concours classes, and we encourage owners of well ridden 'rugged' old bikes to bring them along. Your classic doesn't need to be a beautifully restored shiny bike to win a prize at Ardingly: we give a special RealClassic award to the bike which the RC Crew feel has made a special effort or deserves recognition for its age, appearance or mileage. Last year, one of the RC winners even sacrificed a piston on the way to the Show!
Alongside the growing displays of show bikes at Ardingly, the indoor area for bike-only autojumble and bike-related trade stands has also expanded in recent years to fill 5500 square metres. Stalls selling motorcycling goods now fill two additional halls, under cover and safe from the unpredictable weather. So riders looking to get back on the road for summer will be able to browse through new and original spares; freshly reconditioned engines; cables, chains and electrical components; motorcycle clothing and accessories; books, brochures, memorabilia and more.
Complete bikes are also offered for sale in the 'display to sell' area - ask for details of this free bikemart if you're thinking of selling your own classic. Or if you'd prefer to raise some cash and clear your garage at the same time, you could bring along a bootful of 'treasure trove'. Old spares which you don't need could then help to keep another classic bike on the road, and there's plenty of space outdoors on hard-standing areas for autojumble and garage clearance.
Free parking on hard-standing is available on site, with extra room for visiting bikes this year. The catering and refreshment facilities have also been enhanced for 2011. Gates open at 10am and adult admission is £6, with free admission for children under 16 years old. Seniors and RealClassic magazine subscribers pay just £5 on the gate (remember to show your RC Club card).
The South of England RealClassic Motorcycle Show is at 10am on Sunday 20th March 2011, at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL
To enter your classic for the display, book a club, trade, jumble or garage clearance stand see www.elk-promotions.co.uk or call 01797 344277
The South of England RealClassic Motorcycle Show is organised by ELK Promotions, PO Box 85, New Romney, Kent TN28 9BE.
ELK Promotions' other motorcycle events in 2011 include:
Ashford Classic Show: Easter Monday 25th April 2011
Romney Marsh Bikejumble 10am Sunday 22th May 2011
Romney Marsh Show & Bikejumble Sun 3rd July 2011
NEW! South of England Superbike Show Sunday 7th August 2011
Romney Marsh Bikejumble 10am Sunday 18th Sept 2011
South of England 'RealClassic' Show Sunday 23rd Oct 2011
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