Sidecarland

2018 Carole Nash Classic

by Roy and Chris, pictures Martyn and Roy

This show kick-starts the new classic motorcycling and scooter year. It is held at the Newark County Showground in Nottinghamshire, and is sponsored by “Carole Nash“. This is a fairly new show and is getting better year by year, with 2 extra halls of motorcycles and scooters to look at. The show is held over the first weekend in January.

This show is only a 30-mile ride from my home and on Friday I joined with other riders from our local scooter club to ride in to the showground and set up our club stand, ready for the weekend show. The ride there was, to say the least, a little wet!! However this did not dampen the effort that the members put into the stand; also the stewards were very helpful. This was a very busy period as lots of traders and clubs turned up, and it was nice to see their stands being put together ready for the show.

Saturday saw Martyn coming to collect me and we turned up at 9.00 am, which was the starting time of the show. This was the first time that Martyn has been to this show. Entering the main gate we turned right into the “George Stephenson Hall”. This hall has a good mix of club stands, traders and a large display of private entries – plenty to look at. Walking around the displays we bumped into Ray 2 Cakes and a friend, so we stopped for a chat.

One of the dealers, Mike Ives, had a nice display of bikes for sale; last year he had a small three-wheeler on his stand, which was fitted with a coffee machine and you could have a free coffee. Unfortunately this year this had been left behind to make room for more bikes on his stand. Another stand that I regularly visit in this hall is that of Gordon May; he writes books about his travels on motorcycles. I first met him when he set off from Watsonian- Squire on one of their open weekends for a trip on a Royal Enfield. Watsonian were Enfield agents at the time.

These open weekends were very good, and you could book a ride out on an Enfield. An added bonus was that the local scout group cooked up a decent curry!!   Gordon is planning a trip to South America next so another book will be in the pipeline eventually;   he told us that there is a lot of organising needed for a trip like this.

Outside of this hall the Robin Hood Harley Davidson dealer had their usual display. Close by was a large marquee with lots of trade stands and some autojumble – with loads of tools and plenty of fittings – lots to look at here. Next we wandered round and had a quick look at some outside trade stands; these guys are certainly hardy because when it rains they get wet!!

The next hall was packed with club stands and a lot of work had gone into making these look good. There were even more trade stands here, and there was plenty of riding gear at discount prices. Martyn was in his element looking at all the bits and pieces. Whilst here we met another Tri-Anglia Wheels Club member, Jim from Aylesbury; he had an over 200-mile round trip to get here.

We later moved onto the last hall which had a Mods and Rockers section, with a nice display of period two-wheelers. Then we came to Scooter World, where my scooter was on display. There were a lot more scooters on display here than last year. Luckily we found a good tea bar here. Martyn got three full size sausages in his bap, and my bacon bap was also well- filled. After this snack and a coffee each we were both refreshed and ready to retrace our steps to see what we had missed the first time through. Martyn and I only spotted 4 outfits, and two of these were fitted to scooters. Usually there are several more outfits on display, even standard period ones.

We saw Steve Plater several times during the day; he was interviewing the guest of honour, Michael Rutter, twice a day; Steve is great at interviewing.

Walking around a show like this both Martyn and I met several friends, so the craic was good and made it a very enjoyable event.

Judging time

This show is getting better every year, with adult tickets costing just £8 in advance. Tickets on the gate are £10 and under-12s are admitted free. These prices should not strain the after-Christmas bank balance too much!! This is a really good show and well worth a visit.