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The NEWARK  SHOW  2013


                                                                  by  Roy and Chris


What a great day  -  the sun was shining and it was quite warm for January.  Last year it was much colder and they had hot air blowers trying to keep the halls warm.  This year the field was nice and firm, surprisingly considering the amount of rain that we have had recently;  the state of the field was much better than last year.

This year I got wise and bought a ticket in advance because last year I had had to join a huge queue to get in.  Thinking that the show opened at 10.00 am I arrived half an hour early, only to find the car park already fairly busy and a smaller queue than I expected at the pay booth.  A friend later told me that the organisers had opened the show at 9.00 am this year.

This is a well organised show ground with more construction work on the way.  Walking onto the field Harley Davidson had their Roadshow going, with a nice selection of bikes and music playing away.  Alongside the Harleys there was a huge gazebo-like stand selling a large range of goods, including several motorcycles.  You had to wander around the stands to see what was on offer;  the weather was kind to those traders out in the open.  I spotted a couple of Yamaha Diversions for sale  -  these looked good.  Not far away there was a nice 1957 AJS 600 cc twin, which was parked alongside a rusty Triumph 5TA ,


I had spotted that Jim D’arcy had a stand in one of the halls and I made my way over to see him.  Jim is still putting some outfits together.  He told me that at one time at his Charnwood premises he had just over 100 classic sidecars in stock, and thirty of these were sent up to Scotland for a bike show that was having a sidecar theme.  At Newark Jim had several solos for sale, including a nice Royal Enfield Clubman type which had a modified engine;  alongside this was a Laverda 125 cc, which, he told me, goes very well.


Luckily I had my show guide with me, courtesy of Motorcycle Monthly, and this helped me find my way around the show.  I was interested in the scooters, and they had a complete hall to themselves, aptly named “Scooter World Hall”.  Some of these machines were in “as found” condition, but most were in really fine fettle, including several with loads of mirrors and lights fitted to them.  The Vintage Scooter Club had a Velocette Viceroy on show  -  this was top class.  They also had a BSA 250 cc scooter amongst others on display.  Whilst talking to the lady on the stand I spotted Robin Spalding’s book on British motor scooters.  I had been thinking about getting this book for a while, so I went ahead and treated myself!

I got talking to a chap who had 8 mopeds on display;  he enjoys doing them up.  He also told me that he has over 30 motorcycles in his collection, including several Triumphs.


There were lots of trade stands, club stands, a large auto-jumble and  food outlets. The on site café was fairly quiet and I popped in for a coffee and a sausage roll;  I was a bit surprised when she managed to get three sausages into the bap!! The girls on the Morton’s Media stand were kept fairly busy, with the large selection of magazines that they had on offer.


Sidecars  seemed a bit down in numbers this year and I only spotted 5 in total and two of these were on a trails club stand.



Superbike rider, Chris Walker, was the star of the show;  he was on stage both days talking about his race history.  The club stands were first class, with lots of interesting bikes to look at.  I felt that the show was bigger than last year and something to look forward to at the start of the year.


It’s well worth a visit, and another similar show, new for this year, is scheduled for June 22nd / 23rd again at Newark.


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