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19th June 2007

2007 Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show
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There were all kinds of classic bikes on display at the Ashford Show this summer; from a 1920 Douglas to a 1929 Norton 18 to a 1938 Velocette MOV to a 1970 Triumph Bonneville...

Once again blessed with beautiful sunshine, The Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show kicked off to a fine start on Bank Holiday Monday.

A splendid display of over 150 motorcycles from all ages was put on by the folk who brought their machines of all kinds, from Ariel to Vincent. Ashford is a little different from some events as it is free to exhibit your pre-1980 motorcycle. On top of free admission for rider and pillion, all entrants are treated to a specially cast commemorative horse brass and a show programme which included the details of their machine, so no one leaves empty-handed.

1938 Velocette MOV 1938 Velocette MOV

Among the displays lurked several rarely-seen machines like a 1938 Velocette MOV, owned by Gordon Adamson for many years, which was restored in the 1990s. Near it could be seen a 1929 Levis 250cc six-port which was built by Butterfields of Birmingham, who were for many years one of England's leading manufacturers of two-stroke motorcycles.

1929 Levis 250cc Six-Port. Nice colour scheme. 1929 Levis 250cc Six-Port

Those who prefer their bikes to be original and unrestored would have enjoyed the 1929 Norton Model 18, a 588cc single. This rare old bike was despatched from the Norton works to King and Harper of Cambridge on 7th October 1929, who sold it to a farmer, Mr Parkinson of Stonebridge Farm in Ely later that month. Now it regularly takes a turn along the leafy lanes of Kent and Sussex.

1929 Norton Model 18 588cc single. Nice anchor chain. 1929 Norton Model 18 588cc single

Dave Masters, usually seen aboard a Velo, brought his 1926 BSA S6 Combination along. The Beesa has only two previous owners and has been modernised with a Lucas magdyno and lights, plus later 1928 drum brakes and a recent engine rebuild. Dave calls it his 'shopping trolley at the weekends!'

1926 BSA S6 Combination. Nice wicker basket. 1926 BSA S6 Combination

RealClassic Club member Neil Pattemore attended with his 1970 T120R in tow. This bike was featured in RC28 and was one of the last pre oil-in-frame UK specification bikes made. Since being repatriated from Pakistan, it has been completely stripped down and rebuilt. Ridden regularly, Neil says 'it has all the virtues that made the Bonneville so famous - a modern classic!'

Prizes were awarded to the top machines, including the 1920 Douglas W20 2¾ HP belonging to John Fuller which took first place in the pre-1946 class. This motorcycle was cosmetically restored for a London showroom static exhibit in 1988. When the showroom closed, it was stored until 2005. Since then, it's been mechanically rebuilt and was returned to roadworthy condition just in time for the Ashford Show in 2006.

Winner of the hotly contested Best Club Stand was the Cinque Ports Classic Motor Cycle Club, a local club based around the historic South-East Cinque Ports. With a strict pre-65 only rule, they always put on a superb display of machinery.

1932 AJS Big Port. Nice. 1932 AJS Big Port

After the prize giving, all exhibitors were entered into a free raffle. Prizes for the exhibitors Prize Raffle were donated by numerous local companies.

Top prize of an Electronic Ignition Kit was donated by Boyer Bransden and was won by Mr Barham. A set of replica vintage celluloid handlebar grips donated by respected pattern makers Dial Patterns were won by Gordon Adamson. A gallon of Castrol provided by Cosmo Classic was won by Barry Powis, while Ashford-based Powerhouse Motorcycles donated a security chain won by Roger Lingham. And RealClassic probably donated something too…

Would you buy a used Bow-Tie from this man?
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The all-motorcycle autojumble was extremely popular with bargain-hunters, with several stalls attending from France and Sweden. With both the indoor hall and the outside hardstanding fully booked, a full house ensured there was plenty of choice for autojumble hunters.


The next Elk Promotions Classic Motorcycle event will be the Rye (Hamstreet) Classic Motorcycle Show, on Sunday 15th July 2007.

Thereafter, future Elk events are:

  • The Rye (Hamstreet) Bikejumble on Sunday September 16th 2007

  • The South of England RealClassic Motorcycle Show on Sunday 28th October 2007. Email Mrs Elk to enter your classic for the concours competition

  • The next Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show will be on Easter Monday 24th March 2008.

    See for details on all shows and jumbles


    Photos by Olav Jerzykowski

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