Sidecarland

2019 Wolds Run

by Roy and Chris

I attended this run recently, which is held at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby near Boston. This meeting has been arranged by The Skellingthorpe and District Motorcycle Club for many years.

The club has this very well organised and the ride-out runs very smoothly. Signing in starts at 8.30 am, with the ride-out starting a couple of hours later. All entrants are given a printed route guide to follow.

Over the years the club has raised over £45,000 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance up to 2018. I had a nice and dry, but chilly and windy, ride to the airfield. I expected that it might rain later. Whilst waiting to sign up for the ride one of the new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 cc bikes arrived.

It looked very well-made, and it sounded crisp; I feel that it would make a good machine to hang a sidecar on to. Lots of riders checked this bike out, and it proved to be a great talking point. The riders going out on the ride around the Wolds got unlucky, because just as they were about to leave the heavens opened and the rain lashed down.

Some friends and I managed to stayed dry; we were near a marquee and we headed for that; the comment was that we were going for a World Record for how many people could you get into this size marquee!! Luckily it was one of those heavy sharp showers.

Talking to one of the members of the organising club he said that he felt that the promised bad weather for the weekend had affected the ride’s attendance, with only half of their usual numbers turning up this year. Normally there are outside catering facilities open at this event; however these were shut today, which meant that the café was kept very busy throughout the day.

Just Jane, the Lancaster aeroplane at the airfield, did a couple of taxi runs. I felt sorry for the official photographer trying to get pictures of people on their taxi ride. Quite often I spotted him wiping the camera lens dry during the frequent showers. I noticed three outfits; one belonged to John and Tracey, whom I met up with.

There was also a classic BSA outfit and my one.

At events like this you often catch up with friends and I had a really great day here. There is plenty to see and do at the Aviation Centre under cover, even if it rains hard.

Eventually I pulled out for the ride home and gambled on a dry ride; the rain held off until I was nearly there so I got lucky. Well done to all the organisers, the Heritage Centre and the riders who turned up to make the event a success. Hopefully the weather will be a little kinder next year!