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Sleaford Classic Car and Motorcycle Show 2017

by Roy and Chris

This year was the 25th annual show. Originally the show started when a group of friends met up in the town and it has gone on from there. On Friday night the heavens opened in Sleaford, but luckily the weather was good on the Saturday. Fortunately the show is held in the council offices’ car park on hard standing, so the previous night’s rain was not a problem. The show venue is only a five-minute walk from the town centre. I was the second two-wheeler to arrive. I like to get there early as it gives me more time to get the photographs that I want as the bikes arrive. I got talking to one rider who happened to be Mitch Elliott of the British Motorcyclists’ Federation (BMF); he is their Director of Events and he has some good ideas for events in our area. The BMF recently held their ”Dambuster Rally” at Thorpe Camp Visitors’ Centre, near Tattershall. Next year’s rally at the same venue is already organised and Mitch has a sold some tickets for it.

Christine (member of the show committee) and Mitch

The Sleaford show is a well-organised event, with the marshals working hard supervising the parking of the vehicles. There was a nice mix of cars and bikes, some of which were over 100 years old.

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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service had a fire engine on display. During the morning a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Spitfire flew over the show a few times before waggling its wings to say goodbye.

I am interested in classic vehicles and it was nice to have a chat with the owner of a Gilbern motor car. This was made in Wales, and I think that they were the largest car maker there to date.

As usual with this show, there were lots of two-wheelers parked up on the pavement outside of the show area – these were also worth a look!! There were two outfits exhibited – Bob Carrot’s and mine. We first met at another vintage transport show and he asked me to bring my outfit along to the Sleaford show – this was in 2008 and I have been a regular at the Sleaford show ever since.

Horspole Racing, our local sidecar racing family who have over 50 years of sidecar racing experience between Mick, the father, and Gary, the son, with several podium finishes at the Isle of Man TT. Were due to be at the show. However they were fixing the outfit after a problem at a recent race meeting, so they were unable to appear this year. It was a shame as their team are a great bunch to talk to.

Two young lads simply enjoying being part of the show, love it.  Little Sid

There were several food outlets, with Sleaford Lions again doing a great job with the hot dogs, bacon rolls and drinks. The weather was also kind to the ice cream van. Lincoln City Radio supplied nice music across the decades and styles. Live music was supplied by “Miller Magic”, a brass concert band; this band is excellent.

The vehicles were divided into groups depending on their age; the exhibitors and members of the public who had purchased a programme were able to vote on the car or bike of their choice in each group. Later on awards were given out for first and second place in each group.

The show also ran its popular 50/50 prize draw, in which previous winners have won well over £100.

The show finished about 4.00 pm. Well done to everybody who helped with the organising, and the sponsors and all the people who took the time to display their vehicles – another good show!

Next year’s show will be held on Saturday 1st September 2018.

See :   www.sccms.co.uk