Sidecarland

Newark Classic Show 2020

by Roy and Chris

Another great weekend show was held again at the Newark Showground just off the A1; it is easy to find.  The show was organised by Carole Nash and Classic Bike Guide magazine.  Whilst this is a classic show there is also Scooter World, which again has many classic machines plus up-to-date models on display.  This is a very popular show.  I rode in to display my scooter on the club stand at 8.15 on Saturday morning and the visitors’ car park was already rapidly filling up.  This show is getting better every year.

The show opens to visitors at 9.00 am on both days with a full programme of events.  The first event on the timetable each day was guest of honour Frankie Chilli, World Superbike legend; he raced for twenty years and rode in more than 400 top-level races.  He was being interviewed by Steve Plater on the main stage.  Something new this year was “Workshop Wisdom”, where two experts were on hand to answer any questions about problems that you may have with your machine. 

As a visitor coming through the entrance the large hall to your right had a great display of classic bikes and club stands.  One bike in particular that I noticed was a BSA Goldstar with a V-twin Honda engine fitted neatly into the frame. 

The owner stated that he now had electric start and a reliable machine and that he was well pleased with it.  There were various trade stands – all well worth a look. In a new position this year, just outside the hall, was the Moto-gymkhana; it was interesting to watch the riders nipping through the cones.  One of the machines that was being used was the new Royal Enfield 650cc twin; it performed very well. 

Close by was the marquee with loads of trade stands and autojumble lots, with plenty of riding gear for sale plus a few second-hand bikes.  Whilst here I spotted John and Alf from the South Yorks Sidecar Club who were enjoying the show; John was on the look-out for a new crash helmet, and there was a wide range on sale.  Over the weekend I talked to several other Fed members at the show, and it was nice to catch up with them all.

The reasonable weather led to the largest display of traders on the grass area that I have seen for a couple of years.  There were 4 more halls packed full of bikes and trade stands, where you can buy anything from riding kit and tools to old bike manuals – certainly plenty of choice.  One Fed member purchased a new tyre for his outfit for £15 less than the price quoted on E-bay, and another Feddie spotted some oil at a good price.

The last hall you came to was for scooters, and I was told that there were about 150 of them on display.  We also had modradio.co.uk supplying us with music all day long; this was the only hall to have this!  Some of vehicles on show had some wonderful paint jobs.

It was interesting to see that the show is certainly up-to-date with the new decade.  This year there were two traders, co-incidentally both from Navenby in Lincolnshire – one was displaying electric bicycles.  The other one was displaying Supersoco electric motorcycles, which, I was told, are good for about 60 miles in an urban setting.

You will not go hungry here as there is a large selection of food outlets, but talking to a trader I was told that none of these remained open once the show closed to the public, so they had to bring food with them or leave the site if they wanted an evening meal.

All in all a great weekend.  I was delighted with the weather – windy but mainly dry.  This was much better than the ice on which I rode home after the show last year.  Well worth a visit and I will be back next year.