Hastings Week

Nigel Devereux
December 24, 2019

While there may be no mention of motorcycles in any account of the Battle of Hastings, in recent years there has been a classic motorcycle show aspart of Hastings Week, afestival where the town marks the anniversary of that decisive conflict with various events.

As part of the week’s grand finale, the bikes line up on The Stade, an area on the seafront of the Old Town with the background of the East Cliff and the famous Hastings fishermen’s sheds.

Held on October 19, 2019, the event suffered unwelcome rain, but still saw more than80 machines in attendance, most from the postwar classic era.

Vic Laidlaw is suitably surprised to learn his bike was rated best on display.

The mayor of Hastings chose the winning entry and Vic Laidlaw was pleased to receive the award for his 1930s 500cc Ariel Red Hunter.

Acquired as a near-hopeless wreck, a comprehensive rebuild included reinstating the twin-port cylinder head. Once completed the bike has travelled many miles, including continental touring.

Alan Turner.

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About the Author

Nigel Devereux

Nigel Devereux is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, working in the School of English and Journalism. He has worked within the print publishing industry for 38 years. Nigel was editor of his hometown newspaper - The Horncastle News - from 1998-2001. Nigel is currently the Production Editor on The Railway Magazine, the UK’s biggest selling magazine for railway enthusiasts. He is also responsible for maintaining and updating several websites across the Mortons portfolio. 01507 529529 |

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