The downside was it made the judging tough as there were some superbly restored machines together with a sprinkling of ex-works bikes that came with good provenance.
Most agreed the show stealer was the display of a private collection of the bikes and extensive memorabilia belonging to Ted Frend, former works AJS rider. In this glittering crown the brightest jewel was a superb restoration of an E90 Porcupine race bike, Ted was the first rider to win a race on such a model. In all, the owner of the collection collected awards for Best Stand, Best Race Bike and Best Bike in Show.
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The London Douglas Club was also successful as the horizontal twins on the club stand picked up awards in the sprint, trials and grass-track categories.
Alastair Gibson had a 1928 DKW, a rare supercharged 250 ORe model, which had been raced in South Africa. It was among a selection of bikes that were wheeled outside for some aural entertainment for an appreciative crowd. Unfortunately, some candidates proved too challenging for the starting rollers.
Best in Show: 1948 500cc E90 AJS Porcupine – entered anonymously
Best Sprinter: 1931 Douglas – Eddie Turner, London Douglas Club
Best Grass Track: 1980 Rotary Norton – Roy Allison, VMCC GT Section
Best Speedway: 1939 Rotrax-J.A.P – Friends of Speedway
Best ISDT/Enduro: 1953 500cc Royal Enfield – John Ely
Best Trials: 1950 350cc Douglas – Mr Wright, London Douglas Club
Best Scrambles/Mx: 1961 500cc Lito – Fabrice Bazire
Best Outfit: 1953 350cc Royal Enfield/Watsonian – John Ely
Best Road Race: 1948 500cc E90 AJS Porcupine – entered anonymously
Best Stand: 1st Ted Frend Collection, 2nd Brough Superior Stand, 3rd Normandy MCC