15th January 2016
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The CBG Winter Classic 2016
Roy Workman found bargains to be had, a decent bacon butty, and stacks of classic bikes at the first major show of 2016...
This is one of the first classic motorcycle shows of the year, taking place in early January, and it is sponsored by Carole Nash Insurance. It is held on the showground at Newark, just a couple of miles off the A1. This is a two-day event, with lots of club stands and plenty of private entrants. A show guide was included in a newspaper, which enabled me to work out the particular areas that I wanted to see.
Walking onto the showground, the first thing that catches your eye is the Robin Hood Motorcycles Harley stand; this has been here every year since the show started. They had a new model Street 750 on display for just under £6000. As the dealer said, it’s very affordable.
Opposite the Harley stand is the large George Stephenson Hall. Here there were lots of club stands and private entrants displaying classic machines - from well-known makes to less well-known ones, and from very old to fairly new. On the Vintage Motor Cycle Club stand I bought some raffle tickets in the hope of winning a Norton Model 50, or the second prize of a Royal Enfield Turbo Twin. I purchased a nicely-filled bacon roll in the café at the end of this hall, and standing behind me in the queue was Steve Plater, who was there as a compere, and who would later be introducing Jamie Whitman and talking to him about his career. These talks were held at various times over the weekend, and they proved to be very popular, drawing quite large crowds.
Leaving this hall I walked through the marquee area, where there were plenty of autojumble plots, with lots to look at. There were good deals to be had on helmets, riding gear, lubricants, tools, etc. I saw crash helmets from £20 and waterproof trousers from only £9! There was an excellent BSA special on a motorcycle work stand; this was a nice job. These traders at least had a roof over their heads if it rained. Other traders had plots out on the grass and were open to the elements, which can be miserable on a wet and cold January weekend.
Next I went into the Lady Eastwood Hall which again had a good display of motorcycles and some scooters. Amongst the traders I spotted Jim D’arcy and his friend. They had several classic motorcycles for sale - one of these - a BSA C12 - sold on the Saturday and they dropped it off to the new owner that evening on their way home.
My next stop was ‘Scooter World’, where there were two halls of machines on display, plus trade and jumble stands. There were lots of different club stands, with some interesting scoots on display. The Maicoletta Club had three machines on display. The Maicoletta was, I believe, the first scooter to be road-tested by the Motor Cycle / Cycling. It was quick and handled well.
I got talking to Helen, who was standing alongside a blue scooter with a really special paint job. The scooter is covered with brilliant pictures relating to the Isle of Man. The paintwork was done by Pagent Paintwork and it took 500 hours to complete. A lot of thought has gone into which picture goes where, and I was told there was even a picture under the front mudguard! This scooter won the Best In Show scooter prize, a well-deserved win, and then, to crown it all, it took the prize for Best Custom scooter as well. Helen’s husband, Nick, was delighted when he came runner-up in the engine rebuild competition.
My favourite club stand was that of the Worksop Mod Appreciation Society; their stand was done out as a 1950 / 60s café. The café took half a day to erect, and there were tables outside the café; one was laid out with wine glasses, napkins, knives and forks. Alongside each scooter was a spoof ‘today’s special’ menu, with details specific to each scooter. One club member told me that all their scooters are road legal.
The official best club stands were:
The classic bike which won the overall Best in Show award was a Hyde Harrier Triumph Trident.
This was a great show and the sunny weather helped it to be well-attended. At times there were huge queues of cars trying to get into the showground, and I was told by one chap that it took him an hour to get into the show. The place was heaving. There were good food outlets, with plenty to see and do, and lots of good club displays. The show promises to get bigger next year and it is well worth putting in your dairy .
The next ClassicBikeShows event is the Bristol Show at Shepton Mallet in February: see www.classicbikeshows.com
Additional pics by Joe Dick
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