23rd March 2016
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Scottish Motorcycle Show, 2016
Members of the Scottish Classic Motorcycle Club were delighted to find they were in good company at this year's Edinburgh event. Stuart Urquhart reports...
On the eleventh hour, four vans delivered seven classic bikes and several SCMC members to set up the club stand at Edinburgh’s Scottish Motorcycle Show. From our assembly of members’ classics, one had been featured in RealClassic magazine (Ariel Red Hunter) another in Classic Bike Guide (Guzzi Falcone Bobber), and all together they lured countless visitors onto the SCMC stand during our first show. On the second day, imagine my surprise when my Ariel Red Hunter picked up the ‘Best British Classic’ shield. Other machines and several stands also received recognition and the best overall motorcycle was a nicely restored 1948 BSA B31. The winning stand was Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club.
Visitors to our stand over the Saturday and Sunday of 12/13th March seemed genuinely impressed with the Scottish Show. The classic arena had quadrupled in size since my last attendance several years ago and I was delighted with the variety of modern and classics on display – including a strong selection of Japanese classics and competition trials machines. A collection of CCM and BSA competition motorcycles also wowed visitors, as did a display of road-racing classics, including several excellent classic Inters courtesy of the Scottish Vintage Racing Club and Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club. The NOC stand was bursting with Nortons, from a vintage Model 18 to the sensational 961 Domiracer, the latter of which was fired up on both days to an ecstatic crowd. A 1970s JPS Commando and a well-used Rotary Commander were also present.
The usual apparel and tool-trade stands were scattered throughout and late discounting allowed for some last-minute bargain hunting. Outdoor stunt displays were accompanied by classic machines being fired up and run for the public’s entertainment, providing a grand spectacle. An indoor track with supervised training allowed kids to ‘have a go’ on mini trail bikes.
The main arena was shoulder-to-shoulder from as soon as the doors opened at 9am. Triumph served up their 2016 models and in my opinion deserved the most impressive stand award. Ducati and Honda followed up with an excellent display of modern stealth motorcycle technology and an army of touring Transformers. Is it me, or are the four Japanese brands merging? Harley-Davidson and Indian also appeared but sadly Moto Guzzi and BMW were obvious by their absence. I guess each manufacturer’s presence relies on dealer impetus and some appear to manage better. My vote for best small retailer stand would be The House of Custom from Glasgow, whose funtastic choppers and American custom cars absolutely rocked – just as impressively as their cache of awards!
The Scottish Motorcycle Show has grown in stature and although Scotland might be judged to be a small segment of the UK market, the 2016 show was jam-packed with reasons to attend. It’s not quite on the scale of Stafford or the NEC, but the Scottish show is definitely heading in the right direction and deserves support.
I can’t wait until next year and I mean that most sincerely folks.
The SCMC meet regularly in Tayside and welcome anyone with an interest in old bikes. See www.scottishclassicmotorcycleclub.moonfruit.com
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