Well what a great show, we travelled up on Friday morning to give us time to set up the display, we all arrived safely and set about turning our area into something to be proud of. we consisted of myself, Matt Dart, Gareth Thorn, Paul Dean, and Steve Barrett and his wife Tracy.
First job was to lay the carpet I scrounged a henry hoover from an acquaintance on the Wells classic bike stand, (next door but one) we moved the bikes into position and got the tea urn plugged in! Next was the spotlight uplighters and then the information boards, these tell the visitors what machine they’re looking at. We put together our new barrier posts and joined them all together with blue rope, I think you’ll agree they look amazing. We were showing the following bikes:
Rickman Metisse off road machine
400 Super Dream Cafe racer special
Both Saturday & Sunday was really busy, there didn’t seem to be a minute when there wasn’t someone on the stand chatting with one of us.
I think the free tea & coffee helped. Tracy did us proud with hot pasties on Saturday morning. Saturday evening was spent in the bar at the show ground watching Wales attempt to catch England who set a lead that was just outside side what we could achieve in 80 minutes. Quite a few members made the trip and visited us on the stand, a couple of notable visitors was our own Tony & Wally who both rode over on Sunday.
On Sunday morning a show organiser presented me with a best in show military machine rosette, that was a result. People were really interested in our forthcoming Malcolm Uphill memorial ride out. More details on that later.
So once again the invite was given, and we were told with a few weeks to go we could have a double stand, so the call was made and our members answered. It’s a huge commitment and requires big effort to put on a show like this so a huge thank you goes to those members who answered the call. A plan was made, and we kicked off meeting up for breakfast although some members went up earlier after a good feed the convoy progressed up to the show.
We made good time and then the chaos of unloading begins it’s always a tricky with trailers and keeping the bikes clean unloading on mud. Going up on the Friday is really the only way to get it all setup in time. Once the hard work is done though the real feature of the weekend begins and that’s chatting together and having a beer and having a laugh with people from the club and fellow clubs and organisations.
Saturday night is always the Chinese buffet night where there is lots of chat between many plates of food, though most opted for an early night with the plan to get up early to watch the rugby between getting into the show. Thankfully Wales won and happy moods retained. Another busy day of chatting and chaos then ensues to pack it all down.
It really can’t be understated these show weekends really are a good weekend and opportunity for members to really grow their friendships and banter as friends of friends all get thrown into the mix and if you after parts or knowledge this is the place to figure out your biking woes or project builds. There is always an expert either there or numbers traded for the guy that knows what your after. Many deals done and knowledge shared. Tho you will need a weekend off to get over the busy jam packed weekend. But a huge thank you again goes to the members who made the trip, it was great to see you all.
So, after a false start due to the snow we finally got the year kicked off with a show. Somewhat local for us of the big shows, our excited members pulled out all the stops to make it a great one.
Due to the rescheduled show we had a belter of a stand in one of the main side thorough fairs. A big thank you goes to the Friday team who got the stand all sorted, it really does take some effort to get it all ready. We had a great selection of bikes and certainly had a lot of interest in the stand.
The show itself perhaps suffering a little from the reschedule with a few stands fewer than normal and the traders sending the B team but there was still enough there to keep everyone entertained. A great selection of bikes as always and enough moto jumble to keep most people on the lookout for parts rummaging through the bins.
The Weekend made all the sweeter by the rugby score, with smug face in full effect the Sunday went very quickly. Even with potential mechanical shenanigans in the convoy home we had a cracking weekend. There really is nothing better than some beers, bikes and banter. But beating England comes close.
Ok so obviously first my heart felt appolgies for how long it has taken me to put fingers to laptop for this write up I have been busy studying for exams for work.
So where to start…. Our First Show and it’s the big one. Lot’s of weeks of prep and furious Branding creations thanks to Alan. We had a multi vehicle convoy packed and ready to go. We headed up the day before the show to get all setup and learned many lessons instantly about parking closer in the future and bringing a trolly next time.
We got very lucky with our stand too which was in one of the side halls but with excellent lighting and great footfall all weekend.
We were very glad our efforts were rewarded with lots of visitors and chats throughout the whole weekend, one even leading to a bike purchase for a now member that will be being displayed on the club stand in Shepton Mallet.
Always lots to see at Stafford and if you are on the search for bits and bobs there is no finer place. We had a blast and for a club that by this point was only a few months old, I think we did ourselves proud and we thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and hope to take this same vigour into Shepton.
Our esteemed member turned roving reporter Alan Robinson attended The DGR along with some fellow members, here is his report:
This year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was a roaring success! Three rides were organised in Wales. The Pembrokeshire ride was supported by 77 riders and raised £4101. The Rhyl ride raised £12704 from its 106 participants, but the Cardiff ride eclipsed both. A staggering £20592 was raised by 355 riders!
Again the weather was good, dry and mild. Most of the riders, and their pillions, entered into the spirit of the day by getting togged up in their dapper finest. Charity shops must have done a roaring trade! Saying that though, there were quite a few who let the side down and some were just along, literally, for the ride. The bulk of the riders took the same route as last year, although a few did take a couple of shortcuts to avoid being left too far behind, regrouping at Culverhouse and Barry Island. The ride finished on Penarth Promenade making it look like a mini-Douglas during TT week.