Southport Flower Show

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.

John Abram