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24th August 2009

RealClassic Bike Shows: Autumn09 Preview
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The days may be getting shorter but that doesn't mean you need to put your classic motorcycle away. Exactly the opposite in fact: the autumn show season is just about to start and entries are now invited...

You're probably still enjoying your summer holiday, basking in the brilliant British sunshine (well…) but preparation and planning for your autumn entertainment is already in progress. We sponsor several Shows from September through to November, spread around the country and throughout the season to give everyone a chance to pop along. (Apologies to our readers in the far isles! Not quite so many opportunities for you to join us, but we know you're here in spirit*).

Stinkwheel Summer Scorcher!...

All RealClassic 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, branch or just on your tod. All kinds of classics are encouraged to come to our events, too, so that means 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…

Atmospheric Ardingly Attractions!...

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 sites. 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).

Without further ado, then, here's the early info so you can contact the appropriate organiser and get yourself signed-in for an RC Show this autumn:

Sunday September 20th 2009
The Stinkwheel Realclassic Bike Show includes the Italiana event for classic Italians, plus a wide range of other classics at Beaumanor Hall, Leics. Opens 10am to 5pm. This is a favourite end-of-season outdoor show for RC regulars, in a beautiful setting next to the Hall and with a relaxed, informal atmosphere. As well as the static displays and club stands there will also be arena events and a small autojumble. RC readers welcome to gather together at the RC stand (and normally y'all get a chance to ride around the ring together, too!)

Further info: 01790 753015/07887 917466 or download and print this entry form

Stinkwheel Summer Scorcher!...

Sunday October 25th
The South Of England Classic Bike Show returns to the South of England Showground at Ardingly near Gatwick from 10am to 4pm. This Show is fully under cover in the heated hall, with refreshments and autojumble spreading out around the site. You're guaranteed to see a wide range of classics here, with an outstanding turn-out from many local clubs. Enter your classic early because places are limited and this excellent event is fully booked every time.

See or call 01797 344277.

Sunday November 1st
The Malvern Realclassic Bike Show opens 10am to 4pm at the Three Counties Showground at Malvern (J7/8 off the M5 or J1 off M50). As well as the normal Show and indoor halls of Jumble, this even will also host a wee get-together of Norton Challengers, all indoors and safe from the weather.

Entries via 01484 452002 or

November 13th to 15th
The Classic Motor Show at the NEC includes a dedicated Classic Bikes hall with displays from many major clubs plus private entries, museum displays, concours competition and more. Its inaugural year in 2008 was a huge success with well over 200 display bikes as well as trade stands and a bike jumble.

Among the display machines were a selection from the NMM including the 'Texas Cee-Gar', a Bonneville streamliner ridden by Johnny Allen on the Salt Flats to set a world motorcycle speed record of 214mph in 1956, plus a 1968 Triumph 350 Twin prototype, Edward Turner's last design, and the one-off BSA Gold Star 3; a concept bike produced by US dealers based on what a Gold Star Rocket Three would look like which never made it into production.

Entries are invited to join the bike show (which provides parking pass and admission for the full weekend)

Call 0121 767 2772 or email

Challenging Nortons on
If the cap fits...


The RealClassic Roadshow will be rolling along to all these events, with various members of the RC Crew popping up on different dates. Even if you don't think you're likely to win any prizes we'd be delighted to see you at any of these Shows, and will have a Jaffa Cake handy to reward your enthusiasm…


*Not that sort of spirit. Put the whisky away!


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