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30th October 2007

Copdock Show 2007
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A Sunbeam Model 9, AJS 7R and BSA Gold Star were among the winners at this autumn's Copdock Show. Mike Powell preferred a pair of Douglas twins...

For 16 years the UK's most enthusiastic show committee, all volunteers led by Chairman David Baldry and Ady Smith, have put on what has become East Anglia's best organised motorcycle show. Some professional promoters could learn a lot from their example. From its beginnings as a small gathering of friends and their bikes in Copdock Village Hall near Ipswich, the show now has no trouble filling the Suffolk County Showground with exhibitors and around 10,000 visitors.

Note exhaust pipe glowing red-hot. Probably. This 1930 French Motoconfort 350 was ridden in by Mr Daunt from Colchester. It's always been in this condition and now wears 77 years of patina with pride.

The Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club is unusual in that it has no members, just 12 people who form the committee and are supported by a loyal band of unpaid helpers. All funds generated by the show and their two motorcycle fun-runs are donated to a long list of local charities, who have benefited from a staggering £100,000-plus distributed to date.

A Moto Guzzi, yesterday.

On the day, Steph Ruddy gets more than 100 trade and autojumble stands into position by opening time. Meanwhile the entrants for 23 indoor show classes and a whole marquee full of club-stands are set up by the other members, including Paul Easton who also supports the show with a display of Royal Enfield bikes from local distributors Washbrook Motorcycles. This year, the Vincent Owners' Club exhibit was outstanding with probably about a million euros worth of bikes on display (at today's prices anyway!).

Those James Bond Villians like a nice Douglas... A pair of Douglas 350cc Mark IV machines owned by Mr Bigg and Eric Morley.

A whole day's programme in the show ring this year included displays by the Boldog Lings Freestyle team and stunt rider Nik Soar, the Motoball Team, Cycle Speedway and Mick Cross.

You could enjoy a pint in the beer garden with live music provided by the excellent Back Porch Band, enter a draw for a new Royal Enfield Trials Classic for only a quid, plus do the program quiz and win £50 while you were at it.

A Lambretta, yesterday.

It was a great day out and for good causes too, so keep your eyes peeled for the 2008 date.

Copdock Bike Show Winners

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  • Veteran / Vintage: E. Groves - ABC
  • Post Vintage: Ursula Whitesides - Sunbeam Model 9
  • Post War Single Cylinder: N. Murray - BSA Gold Star
  • Post War Multi Cylinder: J. Newton - Bonneville
  • British Modern Classic: M. King - Norton Commando
  • Foreign Modern Classic: Mark Cousins - Kawasaki 500
  • Factory Custom: S. Hollobone - HD Flste Fat Boy
  • Trike: Mr. I. Thomson - Alfa Romeo Trike
  • Combination: D.J. Feveyear - Honda Goldwing
  • Café Racer / Streetfighter: Norman Murray - Norbsa
  • Chop / Personalised Custom: John Cocker - HD V-Rod
  • Competition: Mick Groves - AJS 7R
  • Pre 1962 Scooter: Terry Cook - Lambretta Rallymaster
  • Scooter Post 1962: Simon Knill - Lambretta Li 150
  • Best Modified Scooter Paintjob: Paul Lock - Paiggio Vespa P200 Disc
  • Best Lightweight: Heidi Cockerton - Suzuki B105
  • Best British: Ursula Whitesides - Sunbeam Model 9
  • Best Foreign: Mark Cousins - Kawasaki 500
  • Best Club Stand: South Eastern Vulcan Riders Association
  • Publics Choice: T. Gowers - Velocette Venom
  • Celebrity Choice: D. Hunt - Norton 650 SS
  • Ccmc Committee Choice: G. Woodhouse - Triumph TR6
  • Best Overall In Show: Ursula Whitesides - Sunbeam Model 9

    The BSA nearest the camera features a small headlight-mounted nuclear reactor. It's more reliable than a dynamo.
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