Apologies for the non trail riding content but this week I thought I’d share a few pics from our local bike show . The Wistanstow show is now in its 25th year and for a small village bike show it attracts an extraordinary amount of visitors and some superb machinery. This year saw the show’s organiser Ron Maul step down from front of house duties and take a well earned break from the stress of running what has become a very popular regional event. A lot of nice bikes lurk in workshops and barns around the Marches region and Ron has a knack of tempting some rarely seen bikes out into the daylight. Here’s a small selection of some of the bikes on display as well as some of the more interesting stuff scattered around the village hall car park
Wistanstow Village Hall is a beautiful old building gifted to the community by a local benefactor many years ago. Here’s a handsome Manx and a Dommie in the indoor display. Note the twin bacon slicers on the Dommie front hub.
One of the more intriguing bikes on the display was this EMC 350 cc split single and yes, that is EMC as in Dr Joseph Ehrlich, creator of fine racing motorcycles , F3 cars and various other stuff. Mike Hailwood raced an EMC with some success in his early career.
The EMC might not be much of a looker but you could be fairly certain it was the only one in the car park at whatever event you took it to.
This is the bike I’d like to have taken home from the show. Norton’s rare 500T didn’t exactly set the worlds alight when the factory launched it but that wouldn’t bother me, they’re a great looking bike . The owner of this was telling me he bought it sight unseen and when he researched it he discovered ha had bought one of the handful of works bikes produced by the factory. Jammy bugger.
I shouldn’t really like these but I do. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. To me, a BMW Steib is a very elegant execution of a fundamentally flawed concept – the motorcycle and sidecar combination. All the disadvantages of a car and a motorcycle rolled into one package . You get caught in traffic jams in the same way a car does but you can also get soaked when it rains- just to remind you you’re really on a bike.
Not a bad crowd for a village bike show. £7000 was raised for the local school. What a fine effort.
Lovely old Indian had a sticker on it showing the owner had ridden it to the Sturgis rally in the US. Now that’s what I call using your old bike.
Until I saw this in the car park I didn’t know how much I wanted an early Z1 They really were a stunning looking bike. Let the good times roll.
Lovely little Ford Thames and as clean on the inside as it was on the outside.
And finally a picture of Ron Maul the show’s creator and organiser sat astride an unfeasibly wide six cylinder GS Suzuki, details of which I’m saving for a later blog.
And that’s it for this week folks, excuse my classic bike indulgence – next week we’ll be getting down and dirty on the trails again.