29th January 2016
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The Springfields Bike Show
The Spalding show presents classic road bikes and racing heroes, from yesteryear through to today’s TT racers. Roy Workman reports...
We are lucky in this area of Lincolnshire because we have two classic bike shows within a fortnight of each other, very early in the year. This show is held in the Springfields Events and Conference Centre, which is only a couple of hundred yards from the Springfields Shopping Centre at Spalding. The shopping centre is well signposted, and once you get close to it the motorcycle show is likewise signposted.
This is a weekend show and the entry fee is £7 for adults. Last year I noticed that the chap in front of me in the queue got in for £5 with a discount voucher. I had arranged to meet a friend at the show again this year, and he spotted on the show’s website how to get a voucher as well, so we both got in for a fiver! The show opens at 10am but I arrived early. We early-comers were allowed to go into café to wait for the show to open, and whilst there I ordered a full breakfast and had just finished it when the show opened.
This is a good show, well organised, with a nice selection of classics in the first hall. These are organised by Dave, who has run this section for many years. He told me that he could get more machines in if he was allowed more space. This year he had a few different machines to the last show, and these included an Ariel single and another DKW. Dave had a great collection of photographs on display, including one at Mallory Park, signed by Agostini, Phil Read and John Cooper. On the other side of the hall was a Triumph Club stand; there was a nice display on this stand.
In the second hall, the Nene and Welland BSA Club had their stand - again a nice row of bikes. Opposite them was the Mike Curtis Classic Motocross Collection. This was one of the best stands in the show, and the quality of the bikes on display was first class.
There were lots of stands here selling riding kit at good prices, plus plenty selling tools, etc. Traders ranged from motorcycle specialists (powder-coating, custom workshops, earplugs and action cameras) to books, army surplus, and even artisan cheeses. I bought a few bits and pieces.
There was a very nicely-restored 1955 James Colonel on one stand; this was a nicely prepared bike. Opposite this stand was the Wheels Motorcycles’ stand; this is their regular spot, and they are still doing their selected new and used motorcycles which come with a lifetime guarantee, which includes free MoTs. However, as it says on their flyer, terms and conditions apply…
The third hall even had the back doors open as it was that warm this weekend. There were several club stands here too; one in particular was for Peterborough Speedway, where they were showing speedway racing videos. These attracted quite an audience.
On Saturday Ben Wilson, a local racer, was interviewed about his career. He was saying that he was looking forward to the Isle of Man TT, where he could do nearly 200mph in a 30mph speed limit. John McGuiness had been scheduled to be interviewed on Sunday; however things went a bit wrong and on that day he was racing in Australia, so Peter Hickman took his place. Peter is the fastest newcomer ever at the Isle of Man TT.
This is a good show, well worth a visit, and it has the advantage that you can bring your family and they can wander around the shopping / garden centre whilst you look around the show.
The mild weather brought the motorcycles out; on leaving the show there were 50-odd machines in the bike park. Some years the weather is so bad that only a couple of riders turn up on their bikes!
Details about next year’s event can be found at www.springfieldsbikeshow.co.uk
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