11th February 2015
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Spalding Bike Show 2015
Roy Workman braved the winter chill to visit this annual classic motorcycle event, and got talking about the many advantages of old two-strokes...
This show is held next to the Springfield Shopping Centre on the outskirts of the historic waterside town of Spalding in Lincolnshire; this centre is liberally signposted on the approach roads to the town. During the summer months a water taxi operates between the centre and the town. We are lucky in Lincs in having two shows in January, the other one being at Newark.
We had a nice ride to the show; there was no snow this year, just the odd patch of ice to contend with. The show opened at 10am; the adult entrance price was £7 and £3 for a child. The outside traders were no doubt pleased with the warmer weather (they looked totally frozen at Newark a couple of weeks beforehand). There is hard standing for motorcycles near the main entrance, and in this area there were some hot food outlets - handy for cold riders turning up.
Wandering into the show, I went into the main classic display hall, and I caught up again with Dave, who organises this section. He told me that this year he is rebuilding his Triton, and he had a couple of other bikes on show at this event. There was a nice display of older machines here, and two that particularly interested me were a DKW 200 and an MZ 250. Having owned an MZ for 18 years, I like this make of bike. A small crowd gathered around this pair and it ended up with four of us discussing the merits of two-stroke machines. The owner of the bikes explained that he had sold his Triumph Bonneville recently as it was getting too much for him to handle sometimes.
Moving on to the other halls there was a nice mix of new and older machines, and plenty of trade outlets, with good offers on riding gear - jackets, helmets, etc. Wheels of Peterborough had their usual display. Talking to one of sales people, he told me that the firm is still doing its lifetime guarantee if you buy a bike from them - either new or secondhand - provided you have it serviced by them. The guarantee covers breakdowns of electrical and mechanical parts, including labour. However, as the salesman pointed, but it does not cover worn out parts…
There were plenty of club stands with displays, and a nice show of BSAs was on the Nene and Welland BSA Owners’ stand. Amongst the machines here was a Goldie fitted with Moto Guzzi front forks; these included a double disc brake set up, which would be useful in an emergency. I then caught up with Joss Bourne. Joss runs the motorcycle section of the local Swaton Show held later in the year, and when I found him he was having a break from his position on the MAG stand.
This year the guest speaker at Spalding on the Sunday was Ian Hutchinson. He holds the record for the most number of solo wins in one week at the Isle of Man TT Races, where he won five races in 2010 .
The stand holders were a bit happier this year as it was a bit warmer than in some previous years, especially those in the last hall which has a temporary roof. Nearer to the entrance there was a decent café. This is a nice show with a good mixture of machines, traders and club stands, and close by you have the shopping centre just a five minute walk away.
More info and details of next year’s Spalding Show: www.springfieldsbikeshow.co.uk
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