by Roy and Chris
We are lucky in having two classic motorcycle shows fairly close to Sleaford in Lincolnshire in January – just right for a good start to the New Year. This time the show was close to the Springfield Outlet Shopping Centre, just off the A16 and only a few minutes from Spalding town centre. This is a well- established event, smaller than the Newark Show, but still worth a visit. The show opens at 10.00 am but the café opens half an hour earlier so you can have breakfast and warm up before you visit the show halls.
Dave, who runs the Classic Section of the show, had a good display of stands in his hall; this included some bikes from the local Vintage Motor Cycle Club. The chap running the VMCC stand had his 1952 AJS 350cc bike on display. He has owned this machine for 40 years. Other bikes here included a 1924 Ivy and a similar-age Harley and an earlier 1911 Sun TT model. Francis Barnett Owners Club – another name from the past – also had bikes on display. Once again Dave had done a good job, despite some owners who could not get their bikes there; others luckily stepped in and filled the gaps with their machines.
Wandering around I spotted a Motorcycle Funerals’ hearse on display. Several years ago, I got to ride one of these outfits; it went well. Paul Sinclair, the owner at that time, led the way but he was riding a solo, and he complained that I was not keeping up with him!! Joss Bourne, who runs the motorcycle section of the Swaton Show, was on the Mag stand as usual. One of the lads on this stand had his outfit up for sale.
Wheels Motorcycles of Peterborough again had their stand in the usual place, with a good selection of bikes. At the end of this stand was the stage where the star of the show, Danny Buchan, was being interviewed. He seemed a nice guy and walked around the show when not answering questions. He is a British Superbike winner and twice national Superstock 1000 champion. When he had finished the question and answer session you could have your photo taken with him if you so wished.
There were lots of club stands and with plenty of traders’ stands selling motorcycle riding gear for sale, plus tools etc. Peterborough Speedway had an appropriate machine on their stand plus a screen showing races; this proved quite popular as the racing was fast and furious. Hopefully they will be racing again at the MCN Show at Peterborough Showground later in the year.
The Nene and Welland BSA Club were here as usual. I catch up with them at three shows each year. They are hoping to get their normal spot at the MCN Show so I can find them easily.
All in all, a very pleasant show – as I said earlier, a lot smaller than Newark but friendly. I have been coming here for many years now. This time the weather was kind and loads of motorcycles were parked up outside. I will be there next year as it is only 25 miles from Sleaford.