Ardingly Summer Classic Bike Show will go ahead

July 22, 2021

Ardingly Show

Now we’re almost ‘unlocked’; organisers of the Ardingly Summer Classic Bike Show & Auto-Jumble have confirmed that the event will go ahead as planned on Sunday July 25.

Held at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, with easy access from the M23, the venue is deemed ‘Good to Go’ by Visit England and – for your peace of mind – some additional measures will be in force to keep visitors and exhibitors safe.

Organiser Julie Diplock says: “Following our previous successful events at Ardingly, which ran without any hitches, we are looking forward to welcoming visitors and exhibitors back. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the show in a safe and relaxed environment, so we're following government advice and ask people to wear masks in the exhibition halls. We've increased space between stands indoors and there will be hand sanitiser stations around the halls, as well as a one-way system, to aid social distancing.” 

Now is its 15th year, the show offers visitors an opportunity to see a huge variety of classic motorcycles displayed on club stands, plus individual entries for pre-1980 machines, spread throughout four large airy halls. An all-motorcycle auto-jumble and trade stands offer visitors a vast array of new and used parts, accessories, clothing, tools and more. The BikeMart feature – where members of the public can display complete, running machines for sale – also returns.

Gates open to the public from 10am on Sunday July 25 and tickets cost  £7 for adults. Accompanied children under-16 get-in free.

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About the Author

Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike.

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