South of England Show

By Alan Turner, 19 March 2013
The Norton Owners’ Club (Surrey Branch) displayed some fine machines
The Norton Owners’ Club (Surrey Branch) displayed some fine machines, including Dave Edelstein’s 1947 16H, which also took second in its class

Elk Promotions held its first event of the year with the RealClassic Show at the South of England Showground in Sussex. A bitterly cold wind, and a forecast predicting snow later, may have slightly dented the entry, but in the long tradition of Elk events, many bikes were ridden to the show and there was plenty to see...

Once there the weather had minimal impact, with almost everything, including the jumble, under cover. The show was the regular mix of familiar faces and bikes along with some new restorations after extended shed-time over the winter.

The Norton Owners’ Club had a neat stand arrangement as well as an impressive selection of models to secure the Club Stand award. The club’s usual rivals, the Francis-Barnett Owners had a new display marking 90 years of the ‘built like a bridge’ frame.

In the pre-1950 class, runner-up Dave Murray has owned his Rudge Sport Special for 30 years. The bike is in superb condition (it has won previously at Ardingly,) but this time, he was pipped by Dick Leaver’s uncommon 1937 AJS Model 2.

Best British winner Dave Bushell has owned his 1938 Scott for 52 years. It is one of just four prototype Clubman Specials.

RESULTS IN FULL
Best pre-1950
First, Dick Leaver, 1937 AJS Model
Second, Dave Murray, 1938 Rudge Sports Special

Best 1950-59
First, D. Raggett, 1957 Francis-Barnett Falcon 74
Second, Geoff King, 1956 BSA DB32 Gold Star

Best 1960-69
First, Vince Gill, 1964 Norton 650SS
Second, H. Ward,  1961 BSA A7SS

Best 1970-on
First, Piers Richardson, 1971 A75R Rocket 3 MkII
Second, Alaistair Cox, 1978 Triumph Tiger

Best Competition/Special
First, George Page, 1971 Triton Café Racer
Second, Jim Rose, Comerfords Trials Triumph

Best Heavyweight
First, Sybil de Bidaph, 1939 Indian Sports Scout
Second, CJ Tullett, 1930 Panther 100 Redwing/Steib sidecar

Best Lightweight
First, Bernie Stevens, 1953 NSU Max
Second, B. Righton, 1949 BSA Bantam D1

Best British
First, Dave Bushell, 1938 Scott Prototype Clubman Special
Second, Dave Edelstein, 1947 Norton 16H

Best Overseas
First, Lloyd Benton, 1977 Kawasaki Z900 A4
Second, Paul Miles, 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC

Best Club Stand
Norton Owners Club, Surrey Branch

Real Classic Award
Mr DJ Winfield, 1957 BSA A7SS

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