After last years show it was decided we should have more undercover space for the bikes as well as a larger area so we had to fill the space, so this year we could accommodate 36 bikes under cover and 4 bikes under our own Union Jack gazeboes. As the theme for the 2013 show was Pride we decided our theme would be The Pride of Britain and what could be better than 40 British Motorcycles, so we started to ask members about bringing Bikes and it soon became apparent we would fill the display with superb Motorcycles including the clubs own 1922 Brough Superior SS80 under one of the Union Jack gazebos also under gazeboes we had a 1929 Sunbeam Model 90 a Norton Watsonian 596 sidecar outfit and a Rumble B S A outfit so the outside was sorted then we had 9 triumphs from 1915 to 1964, a 1968 Triton, 4 Norton's from 1947 to 1968, 5 Velocette's from 1931 to 1966, 7 B S A from 1953 to 1960, 2 A J S 1952 and 1957, 2 Vincent's 1949 and 1952, a 1924
Panther, a 1939 Excelsior Auto Cycle, 2 Indian Braves and 2 Brockhouse Corgi's and 1 1969 Triumph TR 6 P Saint x Police Bike, wow what a display. This show is a four day event so we started on Tuesday putting our club marquee up for our members to use during the show and bikes started to arrive from 7.00am on the Wednesday we had a lot to do that day as it was our section's club night. We still had things to do on Thursday so it was another early start for us, the show opens from 10am till 6.00pm over the four days and as we were right by one of the entrance gates we had a constant stream of visitors with some vip guests including Sir Roddy Llewellyn and his wife who spent 20 minutes with us admiring our display also Professor David Bellamy and his wife spent over half an hour talking to us, others included Eric Knowles and Paul Crone off the T V. We also had quite a lot of media coverage this year with interviews with two local radio stations and two news web sites and we were inundated with admirers for the four days. This has been a very successful event for our section and more importantly it has helped to promote the VMCC to another audience who shared some great stories and memories with us, one of these stories came from the surprise visit from the owner of the Brockhouse Group Ltd who built the Brockhouse Corgi and the Indian Brave in Southport and that's a story I will write another time.
Finally I must thank all our members who took the time to become involved by bringing bikes and helping to set up or dismantle the display because with out you it wouldn’t happen. Unfortunately the powers that be have decided not to invite us back to the show in 2014.
Two years ago I had the idea of trying to get the North West Section involved with The Southport Flower Show, one of the town’s most prestigious annual events attracting over 70,000 visitors over four days, so I had a word with Alex Graham, our club chairman. He too thought it would be a good event to be involved with, so I began to make enquiries through people I know who are involved with the show, and after a year I was invited to a meeting with the show's Chief Executive David Jackson.
Alex and I had the first of many meetings, and our plans started to come together,
as it was up to us to put on the best display we could. I wanted to exploit the local
connection with Brockhouse Engineering -
Won by Roualeyn Nurseries of Wales for their fantastic fuchsias. We had a fabulous display, including a Brockhouse President tractor, two Corgis and three Indian Braves as well as our members’ motorcycles illustrating British motorcycles at their best. A lot of the visitors to our display were overwhelmed by the memories that came flooding back, talking to our members about bikes they had in years gone by.
We had a couple of distinguished guests visiting our display, Professor David Bellamy OBE and Paul Crone (pictured above) from Granada TV. We were also interviewed by Radio Lancashire and Radio Merseyside and the prestigious Lancashire Life magazine.
The Chief Executive David Jackson was so impressed with our stand, he has asked us to return in 2013, so the challenge is on for a bigger and better display. If you have any ideas, please pass them on to Alex or myself.
I would like to thank all the people who helped with the preparation for the event, the people who manned the display over the four days and a special thanks to all of you who brought bikes because we would not have an event without you.
LEFT: The Vintage Motor Cycle Club North West Section display included a number of 1950s Corgi scooters built by Brockhouse Engineering of Southport. Pictured are Zara Lowery(6) with Peter(3) and Jack James(6) with Alex Graham (Section Chairman) & myself, John Abram.