Despite this being the 18th running of this event, this is the first time I have
organised myself to attend, that organised too that I had planned visits to two windmills
one being the Wilsborough mill by the M20 for my turn off. This Mill also has a small
museum dedicated to Norman Motorcycles which were built locally. Which if you have
time is worth a stop and a nice tea shop too, however due to the remnants of Storm
Katie I was running a bit late so did not stop this time.
Now being the curious sort I had to look up why we have such random names for the
winter storms, and I found out the met office had an online poll, I am particularly
interested about the jokes that arrive when storm Wendy comes, or will that be windy
Wendy. Anyway I digress so back to the plot and elk promotion show:
ELK promotions run several motorcycle only classic events during the year at Ashford,
Ardingley and Romsey many with the added interest of an auto jumble. Which much as
though I love a classic show, Auto jumbling is fun and brings up some interesting
bikes, I am personally amazed at how many chops survive from the late 70’s and early
80’s that have been . I have seen several I would love to give garage space too if
only I didn’t have the mechanical knowledge of a cheese sandwich and more that £6.50
in the bank account.
Sadly due to the storm I was informed that it was quieter than usual, but this gave
me more of a chance browse for bits I really do not need but had to have and to chat
to friends from the Harley Davidsons Riders Club UK, Ray collecting parts for one
of his projects and The Reject Brotherhood. Randomly too there was music by possibly
the oldest rocker in town on the BSA stand it made me smile though.
My good deed for the day came when I helped an old boy strap a load of purchases
to the rear of his bike. Like me he hadn’t planned to buy anything, and the random
length of string I tend to have (my good lady calls it junk, I call it stuff that
will find a use) saved the day.
With it still blowing a hooley I decided to avoid looking for the other mill and
headed home on full tack.
More details on the other events can be found at http://www.elkpromotions.co.uk/