Sidecarland

Springfields Bike Show 2017

We are so lucky here in Lincolnshire to have two great motorcycle show in January. This two-day motorbike show is held just a couple of hundred yards from the Springfields Retail Park and Garden Centre, and close to Spalding town centre.

Approaching the entrance were a few traders; one was called “Smokey Jones”, serving hot cooked meat in bread. The “smokey” bit came from the oven attached to Jones’s food bar! This stand proved to be popular on this chilly morning.

I arrived about 10.00 am and found Martyn and Rebo enjoying a cup of tea in the café. The show opens at 10.00 am but you can get served in the café from 9.30 am, which is handy as it can be a cold ride in January.

This is a nice show, but nowhere as big as the Carole Nash / CBG one at Newark. The admission price is £7.00 for an adult; however if you look on their web-site you can print off a £2.00 discount voucher. Admission price for children from 5 to 15 years old is £3.00 each.

We went there on the Sunday and Ian Hutchinson, the TT winner, was the celebrity guest. Martyn, Rebo and I wandered off for a look around the show. There was a nice mix of club and trade stands, and a good display of private entries, especially in the classic section. As usual at these shows there is some well-discounted riding kit available. I purchased a pair of riding gloves at a good price. At another large stall the trader was walking around in a top hat with a notice on it reading “Pay here”!

Wandering around we caught up with Joss Bourne on the MAG stand; he runs the motorcycle section of the local Swaton show which several Fed members have been to. One of the topics of our conversation was the fact that you do not have to have a 1,000 cc motorcycle to go touring with. In the same hall Martyn spotted a very nice Virago Star and he had a chat with the owner. Wheels Motorcycles had their normal plot at the show; this was close to where Ian Hutchinson was holding his question and answer slot.

Finally we made it into the classic bike section. Again a good display. One of the machines was a Francis-Barnett 250 cc fitted with a twin Villiers engine. This had the Italian-style tank and looked very good. Personally, coming from Kent, I preferred the Norman B4 sports, which was a similar locally-made bike, but by then I had graduated to a Tiger 100 (500 cc), so for me going back to a 250 cc was not an option .

The three of us wandered back to the café for lunch. We knew that some more Tri-Anglia Sidecar Club members were coming and they arrived in the café soon afterwards. All in all we had nearly a dozen members at the show.

Later most of us wandered off for another look around, but a couple of the ladies stayed in the café. Whilst on this walk around I purchased a copy of the book “Hutchy – Miracle Man”; this is Hutchinson’s autobiography, which he signed for me.

The Boston Motorcycle Riders had a stand; they seem to be a progressive club, and their biggest event is Boston Bike Night, which this year is on Thursday 6th July – another event worth going to.

Behind a Ducati there was a Honda 50 cc racing bike, built in 1997, with racing modifications fitted to the engine. The owner said that it cruised nicely at 60 mph; the bike is registered for road use.

In the Classic Hall I spoke to Dave, who runs this section. Apparently he has been running this for 7 years now. The show organisers wanted to get a classic section going and Dave said that he knew some owners, and so he got the job of organising it!!

It was nice to meet up with friends and discuss which shows we would be attending this year.

This show was really buzzing, and the bright and dry, albeit very chilly, weather helped. Outside there were quite a lot of motorcycles parked up.

Another good show – well done to the organisers.

Roy and Chris

Skippy purchased some, we will see how it performs
Makes one think what ever next, women go out and buy worn jeans with the knees split etc,
you can now buy a new Harley with the worn or used for years look!