Sidecarland

The Sleaford Classic Car and Bike Show

by Roy and Chris

This is my local car and bike show and therefore it only takes me a few minutes to ride there. This is handy because I know where to get a decent breakfast etc locally. As well as looking at the show, there is the Farmers’ Market to see, which is located in the Market Place – something else to see on the day. I like to get there early as it gives me more time to take photographs before it gets too crowded.

The programme stated that over 120 cars and bikes should be on display. The exhibitors needed to be in place by 9.15 am; however a few arrived later than that. On arrival you are given a souvenir coaster and a programme which contains your voting slips; there were eleven classes of vehicles to vote for. The voting slips needed to be handed in by 2.00 pm in order to give the adjudicator time to check who had won trophies. Mitch Elliott arrived fairly early; he is the Midland Regional Chairman for the British Motorcyclists’ Federation.

He manages to carry quite a lot of stuff on his solo, and he soon had the “BMF” stand set up. He is an interesting chap to talk to; we discussed some of the content of the latest “Rider” – the federation’s magazine. Somebody had left lots of magazines from Morton’s Media at the show and these were put on Mitch’s stand; these were free and he got rid of most of them during the day. Bob Carrot, who originally introduced me to this show, rode in on his BSA Winged Wheel – a whole 35 cc with a top speed of just over 20 mph!! This is a change from his Triumph Bonneville and sidecar which he rode for many years. As well as the bikes to look at there were plenty of cars, plus various club and trade stands and several food outlets to whet your appetite.

There was piped music all day; however live music was supplied by “Itchy Fingers”, with two sessions of western swing, ragtime, country blues and folk music. These guys are good – let’s hope that they play again at next year’s show. A 50/50 raffle took place in the afternoon and there were other prizes to be won as well.

Some of the visitors I spoke to were pleased that entry to the show was free. In the motorcycle section I spotted a Dayton Albatross scooter; this was made in 1959 and is powered by a 250 cc Villiers engine which gave it a top speed of 70’ish mph. This made it one of the fastest scooters of its time. Barry, the owner, had done a first class job restoring this machine.

The presentation of Class Winners and Best Vehicles in Show took place later in the afternoon.. There were lots of trophies to be won, and soon after the presentations the show closed. This is a good local show and this was its twenty seventh year.

As all shows like this one, it takes a dedicated team to keep it going – well done to all the organisers and to all who attended and helped make it a success. Next year’s show will be held on Saturday 5th September 2020. For more information see: – www.sccms.co.uk