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Written by Laurence Richards   
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Southern ShowA slightly different angle on ‘Shows’ saw Witley taking a space for the first time at the Southern Classic Show at Kempton Park on Saturday May 9th.

In the past we have displayed at various events such as the Surrey County Show, Guildford Town Show, and the Lions Easter Show. The idea this time was to raise the Club’s profile in the non-sporting area of the motorcycling community.

We weren’t allocated a great deal of space, but the location made up for it – pole position, first stand on the left inside the entrance! I had taken a trip up on Friday evening to recce the venue and set up the display (which is better than a big panic on Saturday morning) so all that remained to be done was to await the machinery. Souther ShowMany thanks indeed to our exhibitors Peter
Crummett (Rudge Ulster), Alec Jay (Honda CB550)
and Dave Mair (Maico MC490). Peter was rewarded
with a well-deserved Highly Commended rosette for
the 1939 ISDT model 500cc Rudge. And apologies
to Alec for failing to sell the Honda!

We had quite a bit of interest from folks asking questions about the Club and especially the Rudge! Visitors included present and past club members and other familiar faces.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Southern Classic Show takes place each May in tandem with one of the six Bike Jumbles run during the year at Kempton. All manner of machines are on display, from a collection of vintage Douglas competition models to pristine Gold Stars, from assorted historic police motorcycles to speedway machines, from FS1Es to Suzuki kettles, from Itoms to Vincents. Not a huge show, but always worth a look.

The Jumble, however, covers most of the available tarmac at the racecourse and, with complete bikes or basket cases, gearboxes or mudguards, spanners or handlebars, will keep any enthusiast happily occupied for hours.

It was good to see Derek and Betty out for the day with the NSU on the A to Z (Adler to
Southern ShowZundapp) stand. Shaun and Conor turned up to give
their support, as did Rob Carey. Special thanks are due to Bernard and Diana for being on duty, Dave Kav for manning the stand and transporting the Maico, and Andy Hewett for hanging on for the clear-up. We will have to see whether we return as exhibitors in future, but it was certainly an enjoyable day for all.
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