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Boston Bike Night 2017

You don’t see many of those nowadays!

by Roy  and  Chris

It seems only yesterday that I was at this meeting last year – time certainly flies when your are enjoying yourself!!  This meeting at Boston is one of the biggest in South Lincolnshire.  The organisers must be equally surprised that this was their 21st annual event.  Several local companies helped out with the show to make this one that little bit more special, with the local Sportsbikeshop Ltd sponsoring the band stand this year; the regular band “Autumn Storm” usually plays from the back of a lorry trailer.

The weather forecast promised some heavy showers so I was thinking do I take two or three wheels?  Eventually I choose the scooter as the town can get very crowded and getting the outfit out from its parking place can become a work of art.  I arrived in Boston just after 5.00 pm and was told to park up by Boston Church (this is commonly known as “The Stump“as it does not have a spire).  This is at the top end of the town.  Walking through the shopping precinct you eventually come to the centre of the rally with the band stand and manufacturers’ and retail stands.  Some biking celebrities were due to appear;   however I missed them.  The band, about seven strong, belted out the music and the lead singer was very good.

Wandering around I met Joss Bourne on the “MAG“stand; he is known to some Fed members as he runs the motorcycle section of the “Swaton Show“.  This year the Swaton Show clashed with the Culm Vale Rally so I missed it.  However, Joss told me that this was their best show ever for people attending, and they nearly ran out of parking spaces!!  The show raised over £ 8,000 for local charities.

Speaking to a steward I was told that they had organised for groups of bikes to be together – ie classics, customs, etc.  With the volume of machines arriving steadily Boston Central Park also became an overflow car park.  The stewards worked hard at controlling the bikes moving through the town.  With a large show like this you get all sizes and ages of machines, with something for everyone to look at.  Three electric-powered three-wheelers were for sale; new they cost £1,400 and had a claimed range of 40 miles and a top speed of 15 mph.  They looked quite good.  It appears that you do not need a licence, insurance, MOT or Road Tax for these trikes.

As usual, there were plenty of catering outlets, again including again the “Red Bus“, which seems to be very popular at these occasions.  For those shops in the town staying open late this night must bring in a lot of extra business.  One in particular, the fish and chip shop in the side road by the church, always has a queue there.

Riders were steadily pouring in throughout the evening.  As I pulled out, a little after 8.00 pm, more bikes were still coming into the town.  The show itself goes on very late.  Yellow lines painted on the roads do not count on this evening, and even the large council car park is closed to the general public in the afternoon to allow the traders, etc, to set up their stands.

This is an excellent show.  Well done to everybody involved with the running of it.  The show takes place on the first Thursday in July.

I was lucky as the weather held fine while I was there and on my way home.  However, within half an hour of putting the scooter back in the garage the heavens opened and we had torrential rain with thunder and lightning well into the night!!

For more details see: –  http://bostonbikenight.co.uk