Classic bikes catch the eye

Norton classic: Show visitor Oscar Chuter admires a Model 18 Norton. Photo NIKKI GRIFFIN SG300711-133NG To order please ring 01775 765433 or visit www.photostoday.co.uk
Norton classic: Show visitor Oscar Chuter admires a Model 18 Norton. Photo NIKKI GRIFFIN SG300711-133NG To order please ring 01775 765433 or visit www.photostoday.co.uk
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AROUND 1,500 people toured the first ever Springfields Classic Motorbike Show in Spalding at the weekend.

The show was spawned by its big brother, the Springfields Motorbike Show, which has been running for more than 20 years.

Roll on: Ken Wolfe astride a classic bike. Photo: SG300711-136NG

Roll on: Ken Wolfe astride a classic bike. Photo: SG300711-136NG

Organiser Jason Lunn said the new show was launched because visitors to the motorbike show had asked to see more classic bikes.

He said it was a great success but, as Saturday was quiet and Sunday was “rammed”, it will be held just on the Sunday only next year.

Eight-time world champion Phil Read visited on Saturday and was there all day on Sunday. Another major draw was the Ken Fox Wall of Death, which features on BBC1 between programmes.

Best bike in show prize went to a Norvin – a cross between a Norton and a Vincent – from Holbeach. There are only three or four of the type in the country.

Best club stand was won by BSA Nene and Welland.

Among many knowledgeable visitors attending was Peterborough man Patrick Welshire, who worked for Royal Enfield from 1944 to 1964.