Events

Amberley Motorcycle Show 8th May 2022

SBMOC as usual had a full club stand and static display of 15 members’ bikes of all colours, ages and creed and also a few ‘friendlies’ from other clubs who wanted to join us………or more likely they just wanted somewhere safe to store their leathers and helmets.    Weather was really good.   There were 115 bikes listed in the programme.  There were a few no-shows of course, but these were likely fully compensated by a number of late entries and a few sneaky bikes.    But the show is not just about bikes.  Amongst the displays and exhibitions which we hope everyone took time out to enjoy you may have seen the guys actually crafting proper and true English long bows using the exact same traditional methods of manufacture as used a thousand years ago and also from a piece of ash wood sourced locally.   [click photos to enlarge]

Kempton Park Classic Motorcycle Show & auto jumble 7th May 2022

SBMOC had a stand and a 5 bike static display at the show in the main exhibition hall and our very own member, TrevorD, picked up the ‘Best in Show Cafe Racer’ award.   Well done Trevor!  Weather was overcast and fortunately held off.   A few other members were seen picking their way through the auto junk and stocking up on things not necessarily on their ‘must have’ list until they saw it.   Footfall on the day has not yet returned to pre-covid levels and a number of regular stallholders are still missing.

 

South of England Show 27 March 2022

SBMOC had a club stand and a 7 bike static display at this event in Ardingly, Sussex.   Congratulation to club member Andy Remnant for getting a red rosette 1st for Best in Show, and another red rosette for 1st Best Foreign for his Honda CB450 Black Bomber, and also club member Dick Faggetter for picking up a blue rosette for his similarly immaculate Greeves trials. 

 

SBMOC Open Day 2021

A good turnout on the day overall and especially the numbers of visiting bikers from other clubs. Hot and cold food, teas and coffee were available all day and of course so too was the cheap bar.

 

 

Remembrance Day 2019

A fine sunny and dry day for this annual event and whilst overall numbers were down there was without doubt a substantial attendance by Club members. Not the usual crisp organisation but everyone appeared to use the occasion for the purpose the gathering is held.

 

GATWICK AVIATION MUSEUM 2019

18 of us made it to the Gatwick Aviation Museum on Friday despite the somewhat inclement weather and dampness and I think we all thought it worth the effort We were given a tour by three very knowledgeable ex. Aviators and this included a visit to the “office” of the Shackelton which we all found a tight fit but none the less fascinating .

Rounded the day off with lunch in the Lamb Pub in Lambs Green . – John Grew

DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S RIDE 2019

Peter Baker attaches some photo of todays Distinguished Gentlemans Ride which Geoff and Peter took part in. This is a charity event for the benefit of Mens Health, principally prostate cancer and mental care.

The event started (in the rain) at Shoreham Airport at 9.30am and 116 riders followed the A259 to Litllehampton for a stop at the “rusty sheet metal” cafe on east beach. We then continued (in the rain) on the 259 to Bognor for a 1/2 hour stop near Butlins, The final leg was to the north car park in Chichester where prizes were given (in the rain) for the rider who raised the most amount of money and also for the furthest travelled to the event.

Although a world wide event the West Sussex riders raised over £41000.00. 

Geoff definitely looks the part.
A very nice Nimbus.
Cunningly disguised Kwacker.

BRIGHTON BURN UP 2019

As for last year Secretary Keith organised our pitch and ensured that we had enough space and avoided encroachment from other less organised individuals. We had good support from the Club and were joined by colleagues from Mid Sussex and West Sussex BSA Owners Clubs giving us a really good spread of machines and as a result an unprecedented level of public interest. Several requests for Membership Forms and not one but two authors keen to tap into our membership base to promote their books.  

SADDLES TO STEAM SHOW 2019

Our second year at this event which had a slightly different focus this year as the title suggests and although we were made welcome our presence in the arena was not required due to the proximity of the horses. We had a good turnout on both days with the usual eclectic mix of machines which reflected on the strength of the Club although it would be really good to see a few new faces. The weather proved to be on our side with the exception of an early morning downpour on Sunday where all of us escaped with the exception of Gary who arrived a little later thoroughly soaked. We were able to provide our own entertainment with a variety of experts endeavouring to start Bob’s newly acquired Bantam and they eventually succeeded. The wet ground did prevent the heavy steam engines from being moved to the arena on Sunday which resulted in a request from the organisers for the bikes to parade but the rutted surface following the horse driven vehicles and slippery grass held no appeal so the request was declined.

As ever the pictures courtesy of Steve Smith.

WISTON STEAM FAIR 2019

This popular two day event had to compete with other events over the weekend and that may have e reduced the members of the public attending. However the weather was good and there were enough Cars, Bikes, Tractors, Engines (Fire, Steam, & Stationary), buses and many other mechanical marvels to enjoy. The Wall of Death never seems to lose its appeal with capacity audiences at each show, a myriad of stalls showing or selling all manner of goods and if the heat became too much there was always the bar

WHEELS & WINGS (or Wings & Wheels if your not Bob)

This is to be the very last show due it is believed to the land being earmarked for building in the near future, so with Don in France with others Bob took on the role of organiser. With twenty bikes on the Saturday and eight on the Sunday the Club was well represented and Bob in his role produced bacon roles and hot drinks to keep every one happy. The gazebo and flags were much in evidence and there was considerable interest in the collection of machines on show. Both days saw a full flying programme with the exception just of the Lancaster so all enjoyed value for money a great improvement over last year’s curtailed programme.

KEMPTON PARK CLASSIC BIKE SHOW MAY 2019​

To attend this show it is necessary to get up at ‘stupid o’clock’ to get to Kempton to enable the Club stand to be prepared before the public are let loose.

This year our exhibitors were Steve, Trevor and Bob and they gave us a brilliant rand of bikes the variety of which outweighed those on any other stand.

Our newly acquired pop up posters and backboard were appreciated and the hardest part was stopping folk from coming around the table to see if they could find a picture of themselves. Lots of appreciative comments and for Trevor the Best Cafe Racer award in the show………..even Bob found a friend!

AMBERLEY MUSEUM MAY 2019

A gloriously sunny day for the first of the Amberley events although a little chilly for the early erection team assisting Don in preparing our display.

The Club turnout was OK and with a few of our BSA colleagues machines mixed in we had the best of the Club sites with the new pop up banners looking very impressive. (thanks Trevor). 

It was difficult to gauge the size of the turnout as it was better than last year but not so good as the year before. However feedback from members of the public indicated a very crowded car park so perhaps the organisers were happy. No breakfasts available in the restaurant didn’t go down too well and the breakfast baps were nothing to write home about.

The Club however played its’ part by supporting this local event.