21st April 2010
The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club organise an array of old bike events and the summer fun starts in May. Riders of all kinds of classic motorcycle are very welcome, explains Steve Cooper...
To start the season we are delighted to present a brand new show based in Cardiff. It's at a new venue at Whitchurch High School, Cardiff CF14 1RF, providing straightforward access and an excellent, modern hall that can readily accommodate 300 bikes under one roof.
The event runs on May 9th 2010 and features British, European and Japanese classic and vintage motorcycles alongside brand new machinery, trade stalls and an autojumble. Individual entries and club stands will be the main feature of the show and anyone wishing to attend can register via the contacts below. This one-day event is well served with catering facilities on site and a licensed bar.
Although a VJMC event this is a show for all motorcycle enthusiasts, just like our annual Uttoxeter extravaganza. Make, model or country of origin are entirely incidental. If it's a motorcycle and a classic it will receive a very warm welcome in the hillsides of South Wales. The show runs from 10am-5pm, admission is £4.50, accompanied children under 16 enter free.
Contact: Tony Thomas on 01446 413556 or 07941 093564 or Peter Wood on 07773 596844.
Sunday May 16th is the date for this year's VJMC Nabs Head Show, organised by the Central Lancashire section of the VJMC. As usual the event is held at the Nabs Head Hotel in Samlesbury Bottoms off junction 31 of the M6 at Preston, Lancashire.
This show is targeted at restored, road ridden, machines but also caters for the diehard concourse restorer. This format has proved to be a very successful formula attracting local and nationwide entries. George Fogarty and the late Rod Gibson have, in the past, presented trophies with George returning on a number of occasions because of his passionate interest in both people and machinery from the local scene.
One of the major sponsors is Andy Cheetham (of Cheetham and Sons of Tower Garage at Tarleton near Preston) who is once again stepping up to the plate as a major sponsor. There are a number of trophy categories to enter at a cost of just £2 but if you just want to visit and see all manner of bikes, restored, unrestored or just plain used then entry to the grounds is free. Autojumbles don't feature at the show and this allows people to focus on the bikes and chatting to like-minded enthusiasts.
There's an excellent BBQ on hand or sit-down meals provided by the Nabs Head Hotel itself. The obligatory raffle normally divvies up some good prizes and all proceeds of the show go to local charities with such as the Northwest Air Ambulance, Blackburn Children's Hospital and the Red Cross. Signing on starts at 0930 with judging starting at 1200, raffle at 1330 and trophy presentations at 1400. All in all it's a great day out for real riders and enthusiasts. Go on, have a ride out and enjoy Japanese biking at its best.
A couple of weeks' later, the seventh National Classic Bike Club Show returns to Stanford Hall near Lutterworth, in Leicestershire at LE17 6DH on Sunday 30th May 2010. This event is THE major show for all American, British, European and Japanese classic and vintage bikes, and it gets the summer season off to a roaring start.
All marques, makes and models are welcome at the Clubs' Show, which attracts a wide array of classic machinery ranging from tiddler British two-strokes to hairy-chested Laverda triples. All the major clubs and popular marques are well represented at this relaxed, informal and friendly event. Your club is welcome to attend, too, or just come along on the day to enjoy the sights and sounds of the British biking club scene.
The show is organised by the Northants Section of the VJMC and opens to the public from 10am to 4pm. Set up for club stands is between 3pm and 8pm on Saturday. Free camping is available. Trade and Autojumble set up from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday (fee payable) or from 7am on Sunday. Admission is £6 for adults, accompanied under 16s free.
Contact Jayne Robinson on 07787 972568 or talk to Doug Perkins on 01933 441145 or 07971 856620.
The fourth Uttoxeter extravaganza, scheduled for July 3rd and 4th 2010, is already shaping up to be another mega event. The show has now established itself in the classic calendar and this is underlined by the 'repeat business' which the show's organiser's are now seeing. Traders who have attended the event in the past have been calling to book the same plots they had last year. The clubs, who are the backbone of the show, are keen to be in that same positions they've occupied for the last three years.
When it comes to clubs the event has seen amazing support from both the BSA Gold Star and Vincent Owners' clubs over the last few years, and for 2010 both organisations are pulling out the stops so watch out for further announcements.
Attendance levels at this event have grown year on year and the evidence to date suggests 2010's Show will be even more popular. If you fancy a day out at a refreshingly different venue with the best that the two wheeled classic world has to offer then drop by at Uttoxeter racecourse in Staffordshire over the first weekend in July; you are unlikely to be disappointed.
To book your bike in as a private entry, or arrange space for your club branch or section, contact 01324 410519
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