11th July 2014
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Graham Ham's Giant Shed Quest
A sunny day in July turned out to be the perfect moment for a RealClassic motorcycle ride-around. Richard Jones met up with members of the RC Crew at Andy Tiernan's giant shed...
The subscribers' newsletter in the May issue of RealClassic magazine announced Graham & Daisy's Giant Shed Quest. Graham Ham and his Triumph Speed Twin, Daisy, were to circumnavigate the country, to find out what happens inside our sheds. Graham is a braver man than I am. As part of his odyssey he visited Andy Tiernan's super-size shed in deepest, darkest Suffolk in the delightful town of Framlingham . That's just over a 100 miles from Jones Towers, which seemed too good an opportunity to miss, and so it was that Tessie, The Canon and I set out on a fine summer's day to see what goes on in a shed. I haven't got one so I have to admit to being a bit of a fraud but nevertheless…
There were a good crowd of RealClassic readers in attendance - Mr Tiernan estimated over 60 - with their machinery, both old and new. The machines that is - the rider demographic tended towards the older end of the spectrum, in which I include yours truly.
Graham Ham and Daisy were, of course, also in attendance having returned for the event from a long trip up to the north, presumably inspecting the state of sheds belonging to our Scottish brethren.
Was the number plate on this reader's Royal Enfield Meteor an indication of the age group in attendance at the event? Surely not! (And is that a certain orange Rockster we see lurking in the background? Editor Westworth must have been off in search of coffee when this photo was snapped…)
I would like to offer my thanks to the gentleman who was riding this immaculate Greeves - without his help I would still be perambulating around Framlingham looking for the venue.
It wasn't the only Greeves in attendance. Author and fellow RC contributor Colin Sparrow had brought along his award winning machine too.
Before we go into Mr Tiernan's shed a lovely Levis and...
…a perfect Panther.
Go on and buy it - you know that you want it; AndyT, in his trademark red overalls, waits for a decision.
If you don't buy them quickly then they soon go. This handsome Indian was reserved…
…as was this superb Ariel
There is plenty to choose from in Mr Tiernan's emporium - it's so much more than a shed.
So this is what a proper workshop looks like. I was hugely impressed and very envious; I'd just like to be able to use my socket set without ruining a nut. That being said I was tempted by a rather charming 1956 Norton Model 50 350cc that was on sale…
…although there was a wake-up call for me outside. This gentleman was reconnecting the cable to his advance/retard mechanism. He was remarkably calm and unflustered whereas I would have been panicking just looking for my RAC card. So it seems the purchase of a classic must remain a pipe dream, unless perhaps Mr Tiernan is looking for an elderly and incompetent trainee?
In any event I can recommend a visit to his emporium in Framlingham, and wish good luck to Graham and Daisy on the final stages of their quest.
You'll be able to read the full story of Graham Ham's Giant Shed Quest in forthcoming issues of the monthly RealClassic magazine.
You'll find more of Richard's excellent images, from a wide range of classic motorcycling events, at www.flickr.com/photos/cerrig_photography/sets/
If you'd like to visit Andy Tiernan's shop, and endure terrible temptation in the shape of a mellow old British motorcycle, then all the info is at www.andybuysbikes.com
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