14th May 2014
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The Wolds Bike Run, 2014
Roy Workman discovered a multi-purpose event: a bike run, classic motorcycle concours displays, model aeroplanes, an aviation museum and an Avro Lancaster in action...
On Saturday 3rd May 2014, I met up with other members of the local Tri-Anglia Wheels Sidecar Club, who were camping at East Kirkby, next to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. The centre is the home of a real Second World War Avro Lancaster aeroplane called 'Just Jane'. East Kirby was an original war-time Lancaster airfield and it supports the memory of Bomber Command.
After breakfast we wandered over to the Aviation Centre, which was pretty full with motorcycles and plenty more were still arriving; we felt that some bikes had already left to take part in the run. We had noticed that the older machines sported blue stickers on their headlamps and newer machines had red ones. The ride out is described as an 'exhilarating run over the Lincolnshire Wolds' which travels around 40 miles through Brinkhill, Louth and Horncastle, with a midway break for refreshments. The well-planned and detailed route then wends its way back to East Kirby. Signing on started at 8.30 am and the ride out started at approximately 10.30 am.
This was my first visit to the centre. There is so much to see there and, of course, today there were also hundreds of motorcycles to look at, with a wide variety of machines of all ages. The lines of bikes changed all the time, as some machines were let out on the run and others were returning. Last year, over 600 bikes took part in the Wolds Run and helped to raise more than £5000 for charity.
This time around there were plenty of classic motorcycles to see, including a couple of sidecar outfits to admire. Something else to look at today was a flying display by the Large Model Association; some of these planes were huge - one stood five feet high and when started up a couple of men had to hold onto it. On another occasion a display team had nine planes up in the air, racing between pylons - but there was a mid-air collision and one plane had a wheel knocked off; this was the last plane to land (and successfully) - this flyer got a round of applause.
Just Jane was fired up three times during the day, and taxied down the runway. There was a raffle and the prize was a runway ride in the Lanc. Some of the sidecar club members were standing close by when the Merlin engines were started up - the hats they were wearing were whipped off their heads and they had to retrieve them later!
Another nice touch later in the afternoon was a Spitfire which flew several times very low over the event.
The Aviation Museum has plenty of exhibits to look at, and there are plenty of food outlets to choose from. Wartime period music was playing over the tannoy.
Motorcycle awards were presented at 2.30pm.
What a brilliant day - a wide range of motorcycles to look at, about 150 flying model aeroplanes giving an excellent flying display, and a museum to look at.
For more details of events at the museum see www.lincsaviation.co.uk. For details of a pleasant campsite next door see www.eastkirkbyhideaway.webs.com and for details of the Wolds Run see www.skellingthorpe-motorcycleclub.org.uk
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