The doors open at 10am at Ardingly, on Sunday 25th October for the South of England RealClassic Bike Show and Jumble. Here's just some of what you can look forward to...
RealClassic magazine subscribers should remember to take their RC Club cards* along to this event, to enter at the discounted admission rate of £5. Then head to the main Queen’s Jubilee Hall where guest of honour Jim Redman MBE will be signing copies of his rags-to-riches autobiography. The six times world champion and six times Isle of Man TT winner was originally scheduled to appear in April but had to postpone, so everyone is extremely eager to see him this time around. Jim Redman is one of Grand Prix’s most extraordinary characters, and a true legend of motorcycle racing. After migrating to South Africa, he started his racing career in the mid-fifties, and was awarded an MBE in 1964, the year that also saw him win three World Championships in a single day, a feat, to this day, matched only by Mike Hailwood.
There's a great line-up of motorcycles booked into the show, from a 1913 Zenith Gradua to a Honda RC181 Replica. The Honda was built over five years to closely represent Jim Redman's machine and was completed in July 2015.
Zoe Cano, motorcycle adventurer and author of ‘Bonneville Go Or Bust’ will also be available in the Queen’s Jubilee Hall, signing her book. Look out for automotive artist Talana Gamah (whose artwork graces the new RC t-shirts) with a range of prints and Christmas cards as well as samples of his photo-realistic, hand-crafted originals. Stop by at Paul Goff’s stall for electrical items and upgrades, and don’t forget to visit all the other traders and exhibitors spread around the site. The club displays and autojumble range over another four halls and the surrounding area, with the Royal British Legion providing a helmet park in the Stockman’s Building.
If you have something to sell – from a complete bike to unwanted spares – there’s a free BikeMart display-to-sell area for private vendors (you just pay the normal admission price). Or prebook a garage clear-out stall for just £10 and bring a bootload in the car.
The South Of England Show also features dedicated bike parking, free car parking and a priority disabled access scheme. Don’t bother eating on the way because there’s a great range of refreshments on site; previous events featured a hog roast, fantastic Italian smokerie, a bakers stall, toasty sandwiches and proper coffee in addition to standard burgers.
It all takes place on Sunday 25th October 2015, at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL. Admission £6 adults.
Entries and info from 01797 344277 /
*If you’re a current magazine subscriber but don’t have a card, call 01507 529529 and ask to speak to Sharon, who will send you a replacement...