Anyway, the meeting was one of the best planned and most enjoyable events I've been to for a long time. Besides the track action there was a display area in the paddock with variety of club displays, collections and a stage. So much was going on it was difficult to get around without being distracted. A programme was a must and even this impressed - nice design, a good read and well worth a fiver.
First stop was the Gold Star Owners Club immaculately restored bikes and lots of chrome, a nightmare to photograph close up on a sunny day!
Further on there was a nice line up of RC45s, Honda's iconic 1990s superbike.
I stopped quite a while for a chat at Road & Race Classics who specialise in the sales, repair and restoration of classic road and race motorcycles. The two bikes that caught my eye were a Honda RVF 750 RC45 and a Honda VFR750R RC30 (a French Bol D'Or import). Both great bikes but I love the classic paintwork of the RC30, if I had a spare £17000 I'd have it! You can find more bikes and details at Road & Race Classics.
On to the stage where Steve Plater interviewed Peter Williams - a brief but interesting history of his time as a rider and engineer with some amusing anecdotes.
James Hayden had his work cut out but did a good job interviewing Phil Read and Giacomo Agostini. Plenty of banter and a some good laughs - Ago came across as very funny and charismatic.
Wandering around the display area a little later I came across Phil Read firing up the MV Agusta 4 cylinder on his way to one of the parades.
Here he is earlier in the paddock after returning the John Player Norton. Peter Williams in the background.
This is a photo I never thought I would take - the legendary Giacomo Agostini on the MV Agusta 3 cylinder going through Hall Bends……..
and this was a bike I never thought I'd see or hear in action, the fantastic sounding Honda 6 ridden by John Cronshaw.
All in all a great success, rare and exotic bikes with past and present stars seemingly around every corner. Johnathon Palmer should be rightly proud of the event that he and the staff have organised. My only regret is that I didn't attend both days.
A Velocette in a Suzuki frame - can't imagine what it would be like the other way round!
This is a 1968 Lynton 500 DOHC 4 valve, a one off, made by Colin Lyster. The bottom half is a Hillman Imp engine with Lysters own cylinder head. A lack of funds apparently led to the project being abandoned.
I don't think I've ever seen so many holes drilled in one motorcycle.
Beautiful Vincent Comet.
Good looking Kawasaki Z440 cafe racer.
I love MVs, this 2015 MV Agusta F4 RC (1 of just 250) must be the best looking bike out there.
Just to rub it in this was around the corner.
And then another.
At the other end of the scale was this gorgeous little French 75cc Burdin which is actually a "derny" used as a pacing machine for cycling events.
A Gillette Special195cc. Take 3 Mobylette moped cylinder heads and cylinders with home built crankcases in a Gilera frame and you have a Gillette.
I liked this - the bike / rider combination had a good period look although I couldn't identify the Triumph model.
Going for it! Vanessa McGlone getting the last mph out of her 1962 49cc Phillips Panda.