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27th January 2009

South of England RealClassic Motorcycle Show
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In two months' time, the RC Roadshow will ahead across country to Ardingly near Gatwick. Now's the time to book your classic bike into the show...

Entries are now being accepted for the Spring 2009 RealClassic Motorcycle Show at Ardingly, West Sussex. The event takes place under cover with the show bikes luxuriating in a heated hall - just as well because it took place in a blizzard last April! Bad weather doesn't put off many people, however, and the autumn event was very well attended despite the Met Office giving a glowing prediction of 'foul' conditions back then. We have our fingers firmly crossed for better weather on Sunday March 29th 2009.

Check out the blizzard outside...

A growing number of stall-holders and autojumblers are coming to Ardingly. The October 08 event featured a variety of trade and 'garage clear-out' stalls with a good proportion of quality jumble serving British and overseas marques so consumables, materials, tools, services and clothing were well represented. An enlarged show area made for easier circulation around the hundred-plus classic bikes on display.

Funky Fifties Maico 1955 Maico Taifun 400

Many of those classic attracted plenty of attention, including some unusual machines like the superb 1929 500cc vee-twin Matchless which came second in the pre-1946 class. A 1959 Moto Morini Sbarazzino of just 98cc competed with a German-made 1955 Maico Taifun 400 in the Best Overseas class (the Maico was runner-up). The name 'Sbarazzino' means 'cheeky', but the recently restored Morini was pipped to an award by the top of the range Taifun, which is the only known example of its kind in the UK.

Vincent owners always compensate for having no frame by attaching more and more stuff to their bikes... John Philipp's well-used 1953 Vincent Rapide

The RealClassic Award went to John Philipp for his well-used 1953 Vincent Rapide. John and the Rapide have been together since 1963 and still clock up the miles - they've covered over half a million miles together in their time touring the UK, Western Europe, North America and Australia. Other worthy winners included Mr Murray for his 1938 Rudge 500cc Sports Special which has been rebuilt twice; the first time from a basket case, the second time after an accident. Such dedication deserves its reward!

Does a lightweight Scott count as a Lightweight? Scott Red Squirrel

And let's not forget the lightweights - often overlooked, these stalwarts have their own category at the Ardingly Show. The runner-up in autumn 2008 was Ron Scrase with his 1960 Norman B2CS Trials of 197cc; a very rare motorcycle with a limited production run. Ron's machine is believed one of only three bikes produced for the 1960 show, and was restored from very poor condition. A full list of winners is below, and congratulations go to all those who took home an award. Every show bike is appreciated, so we'd also like to thank every entrant for bringing their classic along to create an extremely varied display.

Check out the tea-tray history board...

The organisers intend to go one step further at the March 09 show and group the bikes by 'class'. Now, knowing the independent nature of the motorcyclist this could prove similar to herding cats! But they will give it a go to improve the experience for visitors to the show. A new social area is also planned for the March 09 event, under cover with tables and chairs, so leg resting and jaw exercising can take place with a modicum of comfort.

Goffy hard at work...
Sidecar outfits on

If you want to display your pre-1980 bike please book in advance and be prepared to be herded like a cat (NB wanted: cat herders…). Owners' and enthusiast clubs are also more than welcome to display member's machines together on a club stand. There are nine classes which span nearly a century of motorcycling, with handsome awards for each winner and runner-up. All those who pre-book and display a classic bike can take a special souvenir of the event home with them - plus, of course, the people who provide the display also benefit from free entry to the event itself.

Manx Norton on the RealClassic stand last year...

The RealClassic judges will be roving the hall from 10am (so make sure your bike is in place good and early), and bikes which are deemed to be extra interesting, beautifully restored or ideal classics for riding will be highlighted with one of our 'RealClassic Commended' rosettes. Don't be shy about entering your bike - the more the merrier, and we're keen to see all kinds of classics at the events which we sponsor. You can download an entry form here or see

RealClassic subscribers can claim £1 off the gate admission price of £5 (please show your blue RC card when you pay), and the doors open to the public from 10am at the South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL. There's more information at or you can talk to Mrs Elk, the organiser, on 01797 344277.

We'll see you for the South of England RealClassic Motorcycle Show and BikeJumble on Sunday March 29th 2009…


South of England RealClassic Motorcycle Show & Bikejumble
Sunday 26th October 2008: Results

Best Pre 1946

  • 1st Mr D Murray, 1938 Rudge 500cc Sports Special
  • 2nd Dick Leaver, 1929 Matchless 500cc V2ph.

    Best 1946 - 1959

  • 1st Mr G Page, 1956 Velocette 500cc Venom
  • 2nd David Bushell, 1957 Scott 596cc Red Squirrel

    Best 1960 - 1969

  • 1st Peter Gibson, 1967 750cc Matchless P11
  • 2nd A Iddenden, 1965 BSA 650cc A65SS

    Best 1970 on

  • 1st Dave Hawes, 1978 Laverda Jota 1000cc
  • 2nd Mr R Sloper, 1971 BSA A65 650cc

    Best Competition/ Special

  • 1st Wilf Kelton, 1960 AJS 7R 350cc
  • 2nd Mr S Elston, 1960 Earles 350cc

    Best Lightweight

  • 1st Ms Kay Ryan, 1929 Levis 6-port 2 ½ HP
  • 2nd Ron Scrase, 1960 Norman B2CS Trials 197cc

    Best Overseas

  • 1st Mr S Gamage, 1977 Honda 250cc Dream
  • 2nd Mr B Stevens, 1955 Maico Taifun, 400cc

    Best Club Stand

  • Indian Riders MC

    Real Classic Winner

  • Mr John Philipp, 1953 Vincent Rapide 998cc

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