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2nd May 2007


The 2007 Clubman's All British Motorcycle Show
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Old British bikes are celebrated all around the world, not just in breezy Blighty. Barry Porter reports from California's major classic motorcycle show of the year...

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Clubman's All British Motorcycle Show welcomed record crowds through the gates of the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on Saturday March 31st 2007. From as far away as Texas and Rhode Island and even overseas from England and Germany, over 2200 British motorcycle enthusiasts came to show, sell, buy and just take in everything related to British motorcycles.

The day was packed with special events and special guests. On hand were American motorcycle racing legends Joe Leonard, Jim Rice, and Eddie Mulder. First up was a racers' panel, with local racing legends, along with Leonard and Rice, discussing their favorite memories of racers, machines, and races from days gone by.

Steven Thompson's 1972 Norton Proddie racer won Concours Road Race 1946-83. Steven Thompson's 1972 Norton Proddie racer

The highlight of the show was the judged competition, with 165 show bikes in the largest turn-out of British motorcycles in the history of the show. Mulder participated as a show bike judge as well as presenting plaques and trophies to the winners during the awards ceremony.

Bob Ferry's 1967 Norton P11: Scrambles over 250cc winner Bob Ferry's 1967 Norton P11

After the show most attendees moved to the Exposition Hall for an evening of professional indoor Short Track racing organized by P&D Promotions and Rod Lake Racing.

Dave Russell's 1970 Rob North Rocket 3 won the Best Unit BSA award Dave Russell's 1970 Rob North Rocket 3

It had been over 25 years since motorcycle racing was last held in the Exposition building and the racers appeared to completely satisfy the capacity crowd's high expectations.

Tony Martin's 1958 Triumph T100 won Concours Hill Climb award Tony Martin's 1958 Triumph T100
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Sunday morning dawned sunny and clear, and nearly 50 riders gathered on their finest British motorcycles, many freshly polished from the show, to take on the climb up Mount Hamilton to Lick Observatory. After an impromptu tour of the observatory riders enjoyed the distant views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range before returning to San Jose.

John Niesley 1956 AJS Model 18CS won Concours Middleweight Streetbike, 1946-62 John Niesley 1956 AJS Model 18CS

Next year's Clubman's All-British Weekend promises more special memories. March 29, 2008, will see Greeves as the honoured marque, with indoor short track racing once again returning to the Exposition Hall. Make your plans now!

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Yes, you read it right. Indoor racing.

The Clubman's All British Weekend is organized by the BSA Owners Club of Northern California (www.bsaocnc.org) with the support of the Ariel, AJS/Matchless, Greeves, Norton, Royal Enfield, Rudge, Triumph, Velocette, and Vincent Owners Clubs, the AHRMA, the AMCA and the BSA Owners Club of Southern California.

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