40th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show 2020

Chris’s 1954 MV Agusta Disco Volante 175cc

It’s February, so last weekend it was time for another Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

The icy weather this time last year resulted in the show being postponed at very short notice;  the re-scheduled show at the end February never really recovered and the numbers of traders and visitor were down.  But none of that in 2020 — the place was packed out, particularly on the Sunday.

Andrew Rae and Ray Dickinson kindly organised our stand and they were ably assisted by Linda Dickinson, Paul Miles, Ken Druce, Peter Miller, Bettie Barber, Ian Clarke, Chris Biddiscombe, Phil Allen and many others.  Thanks to all those who helped to put up the stand on Friday and take it down again on Sunday. My favourite on our stand (not including Bettie’s sponge cake) has to be Chris’s MV “Flying Saucer” — that tank is a thing of beauty.

The Dorset Section won three awards!

  1. Chris Biddiscombe : 1954 MV Agusta Disco Volante 175cc : Highly Commended Continental Class
  2. Brian Casely : 1966 BSA ISDT Arthur Lampkin’s gold medal winning bike : Best Competition (Trials & Scramble)
  3. Paul Wirdnam, Paul Miles and Nick Field: for the three 1930 Douglases (1 x T6 and 2 x S6) : Jeff Clew Endeavour Award

If you’ve never attended this show, it really is a very enjoyable social event with a chance to meet up with old and new friends.  Oh, and there are a few old bikes to see.  A few words from Ray Dickinson who has organised our stand at this show for many years:

My thanks to all the people who have helped with the show over the years by providing bikes, cakes and giving their time.

I will continue to help & support Andrew Rae, who has taken over as show organiser and has great new ideas to take the show forward.

Regards Ray.

Setting Up on the Friday
Saturday and Sunday
In The Auction
Presentation of the Awards

 

Author: Paul Wirdnam

Strangely addicted to Ariel motorcycles from the '20s, 30s and 40s.

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