Now this is an event I have enjoyed immensely over the last few years, and will try
and juggle the calendar to ensure I can attend, the challenge being finding out what
date it is on. Its normally an afternoon meet in a local country pub, but this year
had expanded to a weekend, I usually only find out about it day or two before the
event. But this year with a new venue, there was more publicity than usual and so
on Sunday 31 August I found myself at the Portcullis Club Kenley Aerodrome.
And what a cracking venue it is. The Portcullis Club is the base for the local RAF
Association and is in the oldest building still in use on the old airfield which
was used during WW2 as a spitfire base, as many hills were on the Surrey/Kent border
and with a small museum of artefacts it was very interesting.
Several Association members had dressed in wartime attire which certainly gave it
a great period feel. Especially with the turn out by the Indian Motorcycle club,
with two inline 4’s Indian and Henderson this was a great way to start a visit.
Once off the bike which way to start? Would it be bikes, cars or army vehicles it
was a tough choice, there were far more vehicles than usual, but then I spotted home-made
cake so tea and cake was the way. Real ale too but thought I would be good.
As you can tell by the name of the event the V8 mentalists are mainly a club for
big V8 cars and there were these in abundance, and lots of trucks. There were certainly
some quirky vehicles on site and one I rather liked had to be a true survivor of
the last century a Mark 3 Cortina called Streets of San Fransisco. Having briefly
had part ownership of an Mk3 when trying to learn to drive in the 1980’s (I gave
up and didn’t learn to drive a car until 1999) it was the sort of look I once wanted.
But bikes is what you want to know about and apart from the Indians there was a large
selection of Harleys, but a sweet little Honda CB200 was the bike I would have taken
home. Though an interesting mat black Harley also had a certain something about it.
The DJ played a good selection of rock and roll tunes for those who fancied and then
this was followed up by live country and western music set more tea and cake (it
was good cake) and Country and Western yes that was nice.
I do hope that the Mentalists can have this venue again as I thought it was a great
success. Next year, of course it would be rude not too.