Big day out


The Lansdowne Classic series boasts the National Motorcycle Museum among its supporters (alongside The Classic MotorCycle). This year, the Lansdowne ‘crew’ had a weekend off from the hurly burly of the race paddock and had their marquee at the show. Fred Walmsley, Stuart Tongue, Richard Adams and Mike Farrell were on duty, joined by – on the right – Zach Burns, who is the boyfriend of Mike’s daughter. Zach bought a 1929 Rudge Ulster at Stafford in April this year, which Mike (well known in Rudge circles, of course) is helping him prepare to get back on the road.

In 2014, the National Motorcycle Museum hosted an open day to celebrate its 30th anniversary, when the museum’s doors were flung open and the public were invited in at no charge.

Such was the event’s success that the decision was made to replicate the celebratory ‘do’ and once again it proved a resounding success, as visitors flocked from far and wide to the Birmingham museum site.

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There were some star guests too, including ex-racers Carl Fogarty and James Whitham, while current TT campaigner Maria Costello came along as well.

The talk show – with seating for 700 – was packed out, with many standing round the edges too.

The whole site was abuzz with activity, many taking the opportunity of largely unexpected sunshine on this, the last day of October 2015, to ride in on two wheels.

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