All-Japanese show at Great Blakeham

By Pete Kelly, 8 July 2014
Look out for gorgeous restored classics like this Yamaha YR3 at the Great Blakenham event

If you fancy a good day out this month, why not head towards Ipswich and find your way to Great Blakenham village hall (IP6 0NJ) on July 20 between 10am and 3pm?

Situated just off the A14, the village hall will play host to one of the classic Japanese scene’s best-kept secrets. If you like your period bikes, this has to be the place to see them, and the breadth of this small show never fails to impress.

Last year divvied up not one, but two early round-tanked Yamaha RD250s, which are now quite rare and generally over-shadowed by the more popular coffin-tanked versions.

Triples of all types are generally on display as well, so if Kettles, S1s, H1s and the like are your thing, you’ll have plenty to look at. The smaller Hondas are often out in force as well, with CB or CD175s along with exquisite CB160s.

Entrance to the event is free to VJMC members on production of their membership cards, and if they have parts of bikes to sell they also get a free autojumble plot. For non-members, it costs just £2 per person and £6 per pitch.

Last year turned up a pair of clocks for a mate’s Yamaha trail bike, along with some desperately needed parts for our own Suzuki restoration.

There are good catering facilities on site, and one of the Suffolk section’s members turns up in a fish and chip van.

Summer weather, along with some excellent biking roads, free or minimal entry fee and a wide spectrum of classic Japanese iron...

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