by Roy and Chris
As a subscriber to the Real Classic magazine I was invited along to Dave Angel’s F2 Motorcycles at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, for a ride-in and BBQ. This is a bring-your-own-food affair, starting at 12 noon and lasting until 4.00 pm. It said in the invitation that Dave and the F2 team would supply the charcoal, butter, sauces, plates, cutlery, and tea and coffee. You needed to bring yourself, a motorcycle, something to cook on the BBQ and a bun to put it in! Dave does not charge for the event, although there are charity collection boxes and donations are much appreciated.
Several Real Classic subscribers turned up on the day; however the weather was not the best and this may have put people off. Dave told me that previous BBQ’s had been very well attended. Two Jawa riders arrived, calling in on their way back from the Dutch Jawa Club Rally; this was the club’s 25- year celebration.
One rider turned up on a very nice 250 cc BMW which was in first class condition.
Test rides were available on F2’s demo bikes. Dave had a nice range of machines on display, including the new AJS Cadwell – a 125 cc bike; this does look good and it has received good reports in the motorcycling press.
Two of the outfits on display were sold and Dave is currently working on a Guzzi and sidecar. I spotted several classics on display; one of these was a Velocette LE model – these were commonly known as the “Noddy bike” because many police forces used them (they were very quiet when being ridden, and could sneak up on people!).
The craic was good amongst those who turned up; sidecars came into the conversation, as did the price of classic machines. As an investment it was felt that bikes were better than money in the bank.
Luckily the BBQ was under cover and Dave did a good job with this. The weather could be best described as mixed. Hopefully at the next ride-in the sun will shine and more enthusiasts will turn up.