by Roy and Chris
This is another show that I regularly attend as I can get to it being only 25 miles from home. Chris and I had a good run to the show, which is close to a shopping outlet near Spalding in Lincolnshire. The show opens at 10.00 am; however the café opens about 9.00 am it and does a really good breakfast at a fair price. The entrance fee is £7 for adults; however you can get a £1 discount voucher if you print it off the web-site.
This year the show was one week later than its normal date. In the entrance hall there were 4 motorcycles on display; one was a 350 cc AJS – this model was affectionately known as “The Boy Racer” and was well-respected in its day.
Just off the entrance hall was a nice display of classic bikes. Dave, who looks after this hall, had done well this year, with a right mix of ages of machines.
For example, there was an MV 4 alongside an Ariel from the 1950’s. The Francis Barnett Club had several models on display, ranging from a 1933 up to a 1965 model.
Several off-road machines were grouped together in a corner. Riding gear was also on display at greatly reduced prices.
Walking around the show there were several more club stands and these had good displays of machines. Various dealers had new and used bikes for sale and “Wheels of Peterborough” had their usual impressive display, with most bikes discounted on this weekend. The biggest discount was £1600 off a particular bike, but there were also several on display with £1000 off. Steve Plater, the TT legend, was the “Master of Ceremonies” on the Wheels’ stand interviewing riders, one of whom was Brad Ray who is riding well and is hoping for good results in 2019.
Joss Bourne (Swaton Show organiser for motorcycles) was helping on the “MAG” stand, where he had his Royal Enfield bike on display. Also on display here was a Ural outfit; this was the only outfit I spotted in the show halls.
Whilst wandering around I caught up with a few Tri Anglia Wheels / Fed members, which was nice. The Welland Valley BSA Club is a regular at this show, with a nice display of motorcycles; they will also be at the MCN Show at the Peterborough Showground later in the year.
This is a very nice and well-supported show, with plenty to look at – a good mix of clubs and traders. It’s well worth a visit.
Well done to everybody who helped to make the show a success. Roll on next year!!