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26th August 2008

Classics in Kent
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At July's Rye Classic Motorcycle Show the Medway branch of the Triumph Owners' MCC finally collected an award. If you missed that event, there's a bike jumble at the same place on September 7th...

The atmosphere at the Rye/Hamstreet classic bike events is famously laid-back and friendly, and the Show this summer was no exception. RC readers reported experiencing a very enjoyable day at this rural event, set in the rolling Kent countryside. The reasonable weather encouraged a wide range of exhibitors to bring their classic bikes along and all the trade and autojumble spaces were taken. Local organisations put on displays to show off their bikes, ranging from the machine of the Cinque Ports CMCC, the Deal and District MCC, the BSAOC (Kent branch), the Triumph MCC (Medway), the Norton OC (Kent) and the Norman Cycles Club. After years of trying, the Triumph guys' patience was finally awarded with the prize for the best club stand.

Rye/Hamstreet, yesterday

By 11am the event was humming with live music from 1066 Rockitt Men. Show-goers grabbed the opportunity for a quick drink in the refreshment zone and sat back to enjoy the bustle, before re-joining the stately procession around the stalls, pausing every now and then for a rummage through the boxes of bits. There were a series of impromptu performances courtesy of the pilot of a passing Mustang (his vertical climb backward roll couldn't fail to impress!), and he was followed by a fly-past by the Red Arrows. Back on the ground the exhibitors had voted for their favourites, and the awards were presented. The full list of who-won-what is below.

The Triumph MCC (Medway), yesterday

The next old bike event at this venue is the Rye Classic Bikejumble on Sunday 7th September 2008. You'll find it at Marsh Road, Hamstreet, Kent TN26 2JD. As well as the usual motorcycle-only bikejumble, the Quasar Club annual rally is visiting, so this will be a great opportunity to see something really unusual - very limited numbers were made, see

More Triumphs, yesterday

Hamstreet is on the A2070, about six miles from J10 off the M20. The Bikejumble opens at 10am and admission is £3, with children under 16 free. If you'd like to book a bikejumble stall to clear out your garage then contact the organisers via There's also a free-to-display Bikemart where you can offer your classic bike for sale, as well as tons of new and secondhand bike spares plus accessories and memorabilia on offer from the trade stands.

Even more Triumphs, yesterday. Who'd have thought it?

This is one of the last outdoor events of the season (the next show in this area is the indoor Ardingly RealClassic Bike Show at the end of October), so if the rain holds off you should grab the chance to go for an autumnal jaunt….


Grin When You're Winning Neil Pattemore's prize winning 1970 Triumph T120 Bonneville
Bonnevilles on eBay

Results: Rye Classic Motorcycle Show, 20th July 2008

Best Pre 1946

  • 1st Christopher Wright: 1935 Douglas Bantam.
  • 2nd Mr J Bonugli: 1929 Levis.

    Best 1946 - 1959

  • 1st Les Rogers, 1958 Norton Dominator.
  • 2nd Alf Craker (Deal & District MCC) 1956 BSA C12.

    Best 1960 - 1969

  • 1st Mr D Jell (Triumph OC Medway), 1961 Triumph TR6R. 650cc.
  • 2nd Mr AR Shorter (Deal & District MCC), 1966 Norton 650 SS.

    Best 1970 on

  • 1st Neil Pattemore, 1970 Triumph Bonneville
  • 2nd Dave Hawes, 1978 Laverda Jota.

    Best Competition/ Special

  • 1st Mr P Townshend: 1961 Greeves Hagon grasstrack
  • 2nd Wilf Kelton: 1954 Manx Norton 30M

    Best Lightweight

  • 1st Mr J Bonugli: 1929 Levis
  • 2nd Mr B Righton: 1949 BSA Bantam 123cc D1

    Best Overseas

  • 1st Anita Dray (Indian Riders MC), 1931 101 Indian Scout.
  • 2nd Dave Hawes, 1978 Laverda Jota

    Best Club Stand

  • Triumph MCC Medway


    Mrs Elk would like to say 'thanks!' to Paula for all her help

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