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28th October 2009

Classic Bikes at the Classic Motor Show, 2009 Preview
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There's just time to enter your classic motorcycle for the Pride of Ownership display at the NEC Show on the 13th/15th November 09, or buy tickets online to save on the admission fee...

There has been a growing contingent of old bikes at the Classic Motor Show of late and last year, for the first time, the classic motorcycles were given their own hall. It made a nice change to see vintage motorcycles in a world-class venue instead of being tucked away in a converted cow shed!

Oooh; an indoor car park. Impressive...

The organisers have developed the theme for 2009 and promise another enticing array of two-wheelers, from vintage to modern classics, from the very earliest powered cycles, through to 1970s and 80s sports and superbikes, from the Best of British to Oriental excellence, from Italian thoroughbreds to Eastern Bloc workhorses, from Easy Rider to Quadrophenia. And the RealClassic Roadshow will be cluttering up the place, too…

So from Friday November 13th to Sunday 15th 2009, the bikes will once again be housed in the luxury of their own hall, next to the main Classic Motor Show. Thirty-plus clubs will be displaying typical bikes of their marque, and pride of place will be given, appropriately enough, to the Pride of Ownership display. This is for private entries and there's just about time to get your bike registered for the display if you'd like to show it off at this prestigious event.

Now that's more like it...

There are seven classes in PoE concours competition, ranging from Pre-1946 through to 1970-onward, plus Best British, European, and Japanese. You'll need to be able to deliver your bike on the Thursday (Nov 12th 2009) and remove it on the Sunday evening (15th Nov), but your exhibitor's pass means you'll be able to enjoy the rest of the Show for free. Download an entry form here, and send it in asap to avoid the postal strike…

The judging of the Pride of Ownership display will be done by a member of the RC Crew over the weekend, with a prize-giving ceremony on the Sunday afternoon. The most attractive bikes will be rewarded with 'RC Commended' rosettes, and the class winners will take home a selection of goodies -- plus the best bikes will be featured in RealClassic, either in the magazine or on this site. Fame awaits!

Don't tell him his tax has run out...

If you prefer to spectate rather than display your own machine then there should be plenty to see. The International Laverda Owners' Club will be showing a Seventies 1000cc triple Bol D'Or 24-hour endurance racer, and also promise to display a 100cc two-stroke which once competed in the Moto Giro. They'll no doubt be ready for jokes about Little and Large…

Meanwhile, the Norton Owners' Club will be celebrating its 50th anniversary by exhibiting production racers and having a couple of personalities present, including former GP road-racer Peter Williams. If your tastes are a little more modern, then perhaps the new Diff'rent Strokers club might have something to hook your interest. The club's focus is Japanese two-strokes, grey imports and limited edition bikes - so there's bound to be a couple of 'I haven't seen one of those before' moments.

Diff'rent Strokers?

The Ace Cafe have teamed up with Meguiar's to find the best café racers in the UK today, so there should be a good showing of drop handlebars, rearsets and shiny petrol tanks.

The Classic Bike Hall will also include trade stands offering motorcycling memorabilia, helmets, leathers and everything else you can think of, plus the popular bike jumble, plus old bike clubs covering A to W. No Zenith club, sadly, but you will find all of these and more:

  • AJS & Matchless Owners Club
  • Ariel Owners Motor Cycle Club
  • Association of Pioneer Motorcyclists
  • BSA Bantam Club
  • BSA Gold Star Owners' Club
  • BSA Owners' Club
  • The British Motorcycle Charitable Trust
  • Diff'rent Strokers
  • Francis-Barnett Owners' Club
  • International Laverda Owners' Club
  • The Kettle Club
  • The LC Club, Moto Guzzi Club GB
  • MV Agusta Owners' Club of GB
  • NABD
  • National Autocycle and Cyclemotor Club
  • National Sprint Association
  • Norton Owners' Club
  • Royal Enfield Owners' Club
  • Staffordshire Flying Tigers Scooter Club
  • Tamworth & District Classic Motorcycles
  • Tin Soldiers Scooter Club
  • Trident and Rocket Three Owners' Club
  • Triumph Owners' Motor Cycle Club
  • UK Honda Turbo Association
  • Vincent HRD Owners' Club
  • Wolverhampton & District Classic M'cycle Club.

  • NortonsCavfe Racer Projects on

    Phew. That's just about every combination of cylinders from every location and every era covered…

    One you've browsed your way around the Classic Bikes Hall (stopping at the RC Roadshow to grab a HobNob, inevitably), your ticket then gives you access to the Classic Motor Show itself which hosts over 1000 classic cars, plus entry into the neighbouring MPH Show -- the Prestige and Performance Motor Show. That's three events for the price of one (or indeed, for nothing at all if you are exhibiting your motorcycle!).

    S+S Cafe Racer, with spokes made from old pencils...

    Ticket prices vary across the weekend - Friday is the most expensive day - and prebook tickets are considerably cheaper so we recommend booking in advance. Quote reference RC2 when you call 0871 230 1098 or 0844 338 8000 or visit Don't forget to budget for NEC car park costs too; bring a friend to share the charge…

    The Classic Motor Show opens on Friday 13th November 2009 from 10am to 6.30pm; then on Saturday 14th November from 9.30am to 6.30pm, and on Sunday 15th November from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

    For more information please see And if you would like to enter your own classic bike for the Pride of Ownership display then don't hang about - download a form asap. But don't contact the magazine, because we don't handle any of the admin; you need to speak to the Show organisers to arrange your pass.

    And then… enjoy the Show!

    They don't make 'em like that any more. Errr..


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