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24th September 2007

Stinkwheel Show 2007
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For the sixth year on the trot, the final outdoor classic bike show of the season was blessed with beautiful weather - and a great turn out of old motorcycles...

The Stinkwheel RealClassic Bike Show 2007, again back in the balmy environs of Leicestershire's Beaumanor Hall, once more enjoyed its now traditional, early autumn, sunny weather. The Stinkwheel Show started six years ago as an event for the old clunkers, the obscure and the less fashionable models and marques of classic bike. It's now become an event which attracts all manner of classics and it continues to evolve, incorporating the ITALIANA festival which caters for all manner of Latin exotica, old and new.

I don't think that Mornin Strada has moved since last year... Parilla Sport, 175cc, 1955ish, I think...

Twiggers Motorcycles, Moto Guzzi specialists based in nearby Loughborough, were bowled over by the public response to their display of V-twins. 'The show was a complete success,' said the Twiggers staff once the rush had calmed down. 'The amount of people who came to the stand saying they'd heard of Guzzis but never seen one in the flesh was unbelievable.'

A constant stream of privately entered bikes and club parades, yesterday... Laverda, MV Agusta, Ducati, Morini and Benelli... but what was the little red one in the middle?

In the grass arena the Piston Rings junior display team gave three displays of motorcycling formation riding skill, and Mick Cross performed amazing stunts on the Ural two-wheel drive combination. Between displays the arena commentator interviewed a constant stream of privately entered bikes and club parades in the show ring in his inimitable style.

RealClassic Clubman Ken Philp joined in the arena rides on his unusual Ner-a-Car which always attracts attention from the admiring spectators. This spin was particularly memorable for Ken; 'a real bonus was riding the Ner-a-Car around the arena because it's the only ride I've had this year!' Better yet - Ken took home a rosette for Runner-Up in his class (and the class winner was declared the best in show so he was up against stiff competition).

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Based on a 750S3, perhaps? Moto Guzzi cafe racer and Spada lounge under the trees.

Meanwhile, in the field club stands by the BSA Owners Club, the AJS and Matchless OC and many others were joined by exhibits from the Moto Guzzi Club GB, the Italian Motorcycle OC and an excellent array of private entries. Outstanding among the 18 class winners were the superb 98 TS Ducati of Colin Stockton (which took the H&H Auctions Best Italian Bike award), Mrs Frier's lovely Bantam (Lady Entrant), and Glenyse Barr's 1931 BMW R2 was chosen as the bike the judges would have liked to take home with them.

A BMW R2 yesterday. Glenyse Barr's prize winning 1931 BMW R2

The judges picked Bernard Blackwell's pair of vintage New Imperials for first prizes, and the 1930 Sunbeam Model 9 entered by Brian Matthews became their choice as the RealClassic Best in Show. Those selections were very appropriate as any of these last three bikes could have been the eponymous 'Stinkwheel' (which as everybody now knows was an affectionate term coined in the 1920s by pioneer motorcycling journalist 'Ixion' in reference to his beloved mounts).

The trips around the field for 50p a time were a great success.

There were fewer trade stalls and autojumble stands at the show than in previous years, which meant that those traders who set up their stalls did brisk business serving the milling crowds of happy shoppers.

Won't find the RC crowd in there then...

The RealClassic stand was as busy as always, and provided a meeting point for RC readers to meet up and disagree in person (instead of virtually disagreeing on the RC Message Board as they usually do). If all goes to plan then the Stinkwheel RealClassic Bike Show will return in 2008 with the full RC Roadshow, plus support again from H&H Auctions, Twiggers Motorcycles and Bikesure insurance. The date will be announced in the events listing as soon as it's confirmed…


Further info on the Stinkwheel Show from Mike Powell: or see


Photos snaffled from Dohboy, David Atkinson, NeilD and MikeP while they weren't looking…

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