Quarter century not out for Elk

Elk Promotions is celebrating 25 years of promoting shows and jumbles around the Romney Marsh area. In recent years, the venue has been settled on a large field just south of the village of Hamstreet. By mid-morning on the most recent occasion
(June 25), an impressive area of the grass was covered by lines of visitors’ bikes.

Voting slips were given to everyone who was exhibiting in the show, so the results were truly by popular choice. With all the slips returned, counting began and by early afternoon the coveted rosettes started to appear on the chosen. Best 1950s bike went to Vince Gill, who was enjoying the result of a four-year restoration of a Norton ES2.

Competition in the 70s class saw history repeat itself as old showroom rivals BSA and Norton went head to head once more, Lightning versus Commando. Both had much to commend them, but Small Heath got the verdict, thanks to Dave Harding’s Lightning.

Colin Peters had a recently completed Velocette parallel twin. The origin of the engine is unclear, but the bought parts were all 1940s and 50s components, so presumably that was when it was done. The result linked two KSS engines side by side and historical research is continuing.

Colin decided to complete the job by installing the engine in an MAC frame.

It was no surprise that ‘Best Club Stand’ went to the BSA Bantam Club. The organisation successfully promotes interest in BSA’s lightweight, in its many forms, with quite a few examples surrounding the club’s gazebo.

Another enjoyable day notched up: the opportunity to secure a bargain, and a location among some great biking roads.

It’s a tried and tested formula, good for 25 years so far and certainly still counting.

Alan Turner

This 700cc parallel twin Velocette was put together many years ago.Colin Peters has managed to rebuild it and complete the cycle parts.
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