The South Downs is the UK’s newest National Park being designated in 2011. It is
also designated as an area of outstanding beauty and it’s not just because of the
pleasure of having lots of windmills. It attracts all sorts of visitors a year. Brighton
sits between the sea and the south downs nestled in its own climatic bubble which
usually means sunshine. Although a development has been here since the doomsday
book, its popularity as a seaside town grew as the Victorians found ways to visit
for the day using the new-fangled train. In 1896 the first London to Brighton motorcar
run took place, and since then it has been a mecca for many motoring events and visitors
along the seafront.
Since the early part of this century the rather splendid Brightona has graced Madeira
Drive raising money for the Brighton Heart Foundation.
It really is a must in the calendar of events, yes it may be crowded as you ride
in especially if like this year I was squished amongst a clump of trikes, not sure
that’s the correct collective noun, maybe a tribunal of trikes but there were just
so many bikes trying to pass through and it was here I lost my brother who rode down
with me. Well done to all volunteers who were collecting and managing the massed
There were people everywhere and despite the crush and chaotic parking everyone was
in good humour. Maybe because as ever the weather was superb, a perfect sunny autumn
day and warming up nicely though sadly I missed out on the traditional ice cream.
The custom show tent, is always a major draw, and draws many of the country’s best
builders though this year there were less scooters and rats bikes in the show the
quality of bikes was amazing. Best in show went to outlaw who also won best Harley
and best custom and paint went to which had cool cog spinner wheels. Nice to see
Dave Howes T120 triumph in the show, from a humble tidy up it has become a full on
custom sadly it didn’t win anything.
With lots of music stages there was plenty of choice from blues to rock and roll
to full on heavy rock and enough stalls including the ever present razor blade badges
to tempt your cash. Or like me, grab a coffee and wait and watch the world to go
Maybe the parking was a bit crazier and maybe the show was a little less but it was
still Brightona and as ever a brilliant day was had.