20th August 2010
You don't have to spend a fortune to have some fun with your old bike. Join the RealClassic regulars at one of our classic bike events this autumn, and claim a discount on train rides, show admission and more...
The weathermen tell us that summer has officially ended and it's all downhill to winter now. Phoey, say we: there's still plenty of scope for refreshing rides on old motorcycles. So please consider this your cordial invitation to join the RC regulars at one of the shows, jumbles or ride-ins with which we're associated this autumn. There's a selection of different events to choose from, spread across the East and West Midlands and south-east of England, during September and October.
It'll cost you nothing but time to join us in Staffordshire at the start of October for the Norton Challenge Convention (and of course you don't need any sort of Norton to take part). RC magazine subscribers can show their Club membership cards at the Ardingly event a couple of weeks later, and save a quid on the normal adult admission price. Or if you display a classic bike at one of the shows listed below (you'll need to prebook) then you'll qualify for discounted admission -- or you may be admitted entirely for free. So there's no excuse for staying at home and moping, then!
All kinds of classics are very welcome at the events we sponsor and almost any old bike might go home with an award. All RC readers are very welcome to attend, with the family or riding solo, possibly as part of an organised ride-in with the rest of your club or just on your tod. You can enter whatever type of classic bike has snagged your fancy, of any origin and in any condition, be it a barn-fresh discovery or a recently restored replica. If you've upgraded your classic to make it practical for modern riding then our judges will be fascinated to see what you've done: we don't turn up our noses at non-standard spec although we do, of course, appreciate the patina of ages on an unrestored machine…
There will be a selection of concours awards up for grabs at each event with different categories and classes, and the arrangements for entering differ between organisers and venues. The common thread for show-goers is that if you can prebook and enter your bike for the displays in advance then you will be given discounted - and sometimes FREE - admission to the Show. All you need to do is turn up in time to put your bike on display and then you (and very often a chum too) can enjoy the rest of the day without splashing too much cash (unless the bargains in the jumble lead you astray, of course).
Contact the appropriate organiser and get yourself signed in for an RC event this autumn, and give our judges an even harder time making up their minds. Then keep your eyes peeled because many of our prize-winning bikes are featured here on the site, or in the monthly magazine. So as well as a great day out, you could lay claim to ever-lasting international fame!*
Sunday September 19th 2010: The Stinkwheel Realclassic Motorcycle Show
This friendly outdoor event returns to Beaumanor Hall near Loughborough on the edge of the Charnwood Forest, which is a splendid setting for one of the final outdoor events of the riding season. There are 21 concours classes for all ages of British, Japanese and American classics, plus the special Italiana event which means all Italian machines are extra welcome. Other prizes are on offer for modern day classics, military machines, off-road, racing, three-wheelers/combinations, scooters and lady entrants.
Club stands are also available but must be booked in advance, with two free tickets to all members displaying bikes and free passes for club staff and vehicles. Twiggers Motorcycles of Loughborough and the Italian Motorcycle Owners' Club will again be sponsoring the separate Italiana section of the show, a special area devoted to machines of Italian manufacture of all ages. This year, Italian classic four-wheelers have been invited too. The RealClassic Club stand will be staffed by the ever-amiable Stewart, and you're welcome to put your bikes on display there and use the RC stand as a focal point for the day's entertainment.
The Stinkwheel Show opens to the public at 10am. Arena displays and parades start at 11am with the prizegiving at 4pm. The standard £5 adult admission charge includes entry to Beaumanor Hall and gardens. Could be your last chance to enjoy the sunshine on a late summer Sunday afternoon, in company with other RD readers…
RC Reader Offer: Two tickets will be provided for those who display a bike and prebook before 10th September 2010. Call 01743 891889 or fill in this form to register your bike and apply for entry passes.
Sunday October 3rd 2010: The Norton Challenge Convention and RC Ride-In
Anyone interested in old motorcycles is welcome to join the RC Crew, the Norton Challengers and the Norton Owners' Club for an informal, end of season get-together at Chasewater Light Railway, Chasewater Country Park, Pool Road, Brownhills, Staffs, WS8 7NL (train fans can hope over to www.chasewaterrailway.co.uk for some seriously heavy metal!)
RC Reader Offer: Show your crash hat at the station ticket office and you can claim a quid off the normal ticket price for a ride on one of their vintage trains.
Sunday October 24th 2010: The South Of England Realclassic Bike Show
This superb shows gets bigger and better with an extra 6000 square metres of under-cover stall space to house the autojumble and trade stands - so even though it takes place at the end of October you can browse the show bikes and bargains in dry and warm conditions. As you can see from the report on the Spring event (ardingly_spring_2010.html), the Ardingly South of England Show has developed considerably in recent years, with an indoor refreshment zone, more hard-standing for visitor bike parking, an increasing array of classic club and private entry bikes, and a Guest of Honour to add a little sparkle to the day.
AMA Speed Record holder Eric Patterson will be chatting to people about his latest attempt to exceed 122mph on his JAP-Norton - and we hope that the bike will be on display, too.
RC's editor, Frank Westworth, will be judging the concours classes, and if you'd like to take part in the display then please enter your classic early. Places for show bikes are limited, although there's plenty of parking if you just want to ride in on the day. You'll find it all happening at the South of England Showground at Ardingly (near Gatwick), RH17 6TL, from 10am to 4pm. See www.elk-promotions.co.uk or call 01797 344277 to enter.
RC Reader Offer: FREE entry for prebooked classic display bikes, or £1 discount off the adult admission price for RC subscribers on the gate
Sunday October 31st 2010: The Malvern Realclassic Bike Show
Happily this event has been re-scheduled from a date later in the depths of November, so it should still be light enough to ride along to the Three Counties Showground at Malvern (J7/8 off the M5 or J1 off M50). Big range of prizes for winners and runners-up in classes ranging from veteran through to 1990s iconic motorcycles, including competition, European, American and classes for major British marques.
As well as the show hall, there are also usually two additional halls with autojumble and trade stalls, plus free parking, and refreshments. Entries via 01484 667776 or www.classicshows.org.
RC Reader Offer: Discounted admission for those prebooked to display a bike
*OK, that might have been reaching a bit far. But your 15 minutes of fame could be around this corner…
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