26th September 2008
It may have rained all the summer, but the final outdoor event of the season was blessed with brilliant weather and the best-ever turnout of classic bikes...
The Stinkwheel RealClassic Bike Show took place on Sunday 21st September 2008 and saw the summer season out in fine style. Attendance was boosted by the unusual appearance of a big yellow thing in the sky and dry roads, and hundreds of old bikes filled the grounds of Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire.
Among the milling masses were plenty of RC readers and several bikes which have been featured on this site and in the magazine. Stewart C generously gave of his time and energy to run the RC stand for the day, providing cloakroom facilities for crash hats and jackets and sorting out subs to the magazine (and extra kudos is due to Stewart, because he was supposed to be on holiday this weekend! What a nice man…).
Ken Philp was among the RC regulars, complete with his Neracar. It was a ‘really nice day’ says Ken; ‘lots of RC guys and gals, met some old workmates and some from the Morini club. AND I rode the bike there! GREAT!’
EVGuru’s weird and very wonderful fully-faired Gilera CX attracted lots of attention (as it does where ever it goes), although it misbehaved somewhat on the way home and EVGuru had to perform roadside keyhole surgery on it. He’s probably still peeling off the bodywork to fix the problem!
Adler (aka Phil Speakman) travelled 300-plus miles on his wee Simson – a bit of an accomplishment because it’s a ‘50 year old machine that I've only had for one week!’Alan Goff's Triumph Tiger Cub
Alan Goff brought along his prize-winning Triumph Tiger Cub (which appeared in RC51) and reckons; ‘it was a good show and nice weather. Lots of interesting and different bikes to see including nine other Cubs…’
The Stinkwheel Show always provides an excellent excuse for a ride out on good roads to meet old chums and make some new friends. Aboxontheside reckons it’s ‘a great social occasion’, and Ian Soady agrees that it’s a ‘jolly nice show - I like the jumble stalls round the arena, and the relaxed atmosphere.’ Of course, apart from the entertainment which people provide themselves, Stinkwheel also offers the usual mix of arena parades and displays, concours awards and prizes, club and trade stands – and it’s own Italiana ‘show within a show’ which features the best bikes from Italian manufacturers.
Roll on next year: the date will be announced as soon as it’s confirmed…
The Next RC-Sponsored Show…
There’s still time to enter for the SoE Show; contact the organiser if you’d like to show your classic bike (which gives you free admission and a chance to win a very smart concours award). Alternatively, you’re welcome to turn up on the day and RC magazine subscribers can claim a quid off the admission price by showing their blue membership cards at the gate.
See www.elk-promotions.co.uk for more details about the show, and to download an entry form.
Thanks To: Aboxontheside, Alan Goff and Graham Bayley for the photos.
Special Thanks To: Stewart Clensy for manning the RC stand at Stinkwheel, and MikeP for organising it all
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