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Sussex British Motorcycle Owners Club

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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.

No the usual crisp organisation but everyone appeared to use the occasion for the purpose the gathering is held.


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                             


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.


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.  


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.

 A very impressive fire engine !                                                 The sun shines on the righteous.                                           Bantam experts at work? 


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.


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!


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.

Lest we forget - Remembrance 2018 - 100 years On

Just a few pictures of this year's event.

Amberley Autumn Gathering 2018

This annual event is always popular and this year was no exception with 300+ entries which included cars, bikes and the obligatory stationary engines. Fortunately the previous day's inclement weather stayed away and we were blessed with a glorious day. The pictures below show Keith's (Hairy) Morris Minor Estate which he is renovating from the back towards the front with all of the woodwork having been replaced. Keith (The  younger) put in an appearance on his Matchless  and whilst not in the photographs Dave V's Triumph, Mick's Panther, Brian's Fanny B and my A10 represented the Club.

There was something for everybody and I am sure this particular event will go from strength to strength. 

Brighton Burn Up 2018

Brighton Speed Trials  2018

I marshalled at the Brighton Speed Trials today and a good time was had by all. Well mostly . The yellow Lotus was pushed in and when the driver removed the air filter he found this section of round steel . Yes it is whatyou think, a valve stem and when we looked into the carb: you could see the
valve head in the inlet port. Before you ask , no he didn`t race again today.

A fairly new club member, who I only know as John Langridge, was there racing his NortonAtlas which now is wearing our club sticker .There was also a number of really tasty items there including the home madeRolls Royce fitted with a mk3 Merlin and yes it sounded as good as it looked. John Taylor would have been happy as there was an Ariel there just a bit different than the usual type.

A car which interested me was the 1924 Vauxhall with number 37 on its side Just as it should be. 
John Grew

 PS Both Roy Robinson and Jim Tiller were performing well on the day.