The 3B’s has for what seems squillions of years held their rather excellent rally
at possible the quirkiest venue of Hotel with 3 distinct camping areas in Hampshire.
Sadly the loss of this venue meant they needed to find somewhere new.
Thankfully after looking around they found an equally unusual venue, a garden centre
in Berkshire. The venue, “roots garden centre” also gave the event a great name of
“New Roots” all I had to do is get over my fear of Berkshire. In all my journeys
I have never known why Berkshire exists apart from I am sure to confuse the heck
out of a Bosun.
It may be a new venue, but it was the same 3B’s welcome and selection of interesting
bikes in their show. There was also the usual fine selection of retail emporiums
and a very nice Thai food van. The bar was located in a semi completed building where
also the stage was set up. Despite the low ceilings, “mind that mandolin Stevie”
it was a great set up allowing revellers to escape the midday sun.
The field had its usual eclectic mix of bikes, both English and foreign and on the
positive side a good amount of learner bikes
I haven’t heard Stevie play for a while now and really enjoyed his newer material;
sadly I had to avoid the temptation of the real ales. I think the beers though persuaded
many of the 3B’s onto the bucking bronco, not many got the hang of it.
One of the fun things about rallies like the 3B’s is the quirkiness and inventiveness
of entries from a Chopper bicycle to a skeleton on mini trike type thing. Being useless
at this type of thing I have no idea who won though. Bikes of note to me were the
blue and white chop (I could enjoy that) the tiny chrome tanked Harley and the very
nice tribute bike.
There is already talk of the rally returning to this venue next year, seems they
are now taking root. A great event even if in Berkshires I eventually escaped the
counties clutches by heading was out west and doubling back, well it was sunny.