The Shropshire Vintage & Classic Motorcycle Show & Auto jumble.
Sunday 28th March. 2004
Any excuse to go and play
on the trike - and this was as good a reason as any.
Although the sky remained grey throughout the day, at least it
never rained, though it was a tad chilly most of the time.
I met up with fellow Moonshiner Andy at around quarter past ten,
and off we went, taking the rather scenic route via Bridgnorth,
then along "the longest road in the world" - it's not
really all that long at 18 miles, it just seems like it
sometimes. A quick break for a cuppa at Craven Arms, then
we did the final four miles or so to Wistanstow and the village
As per normal the bikes ranged from the immaculate, over restored stuff to the downright scrap value only stuff. I reckon the asking price for a very rusty, incomplete Ariel Square Four was optimistic to say the least. By contrast there was a 500 Enfield Bullet sidecar outfit with a for sale sign on it - £ 900 - which ain't a bad price for a usable combo.
a snip at £ 900 a bargain at only £ 2200
Speaking of rusty old scrap iron, who should turn up but Bruce on his trusty ( rusty ? ) old Norton. Now Bruce is putting a rebuilt engine into this magnificent beast, which is probably a good thing considering the amount of smoke that was emanating from the engine. To say the bike leaked oil would be an understatement, it not only leaked, but the oil formed into a rivulet and headed for the nearest drain. When all's said and done, I'd rather see more bikes like Bruce's - used for what they were meant for, than all the shiny show bikes that cover most of their miles on the back of a trailer.
Bruce's smoking beast
In all fairness, there were
a good many very nice bikes which had been ridden to the show,
which is one of the things that makes this particular event so
This Indian Enfield which had undergone a "green lane" makeover caught my eye - - hmmm, I just happen to have a "spare" Enfield in the garage.
a jolly green lane Bullet
I true English village tradition we had
to indulge in yet another cuppa before taking the even more
scenic route back via Wenlock Edge, Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth
again, where we pulled in at the local bikers cafe for even more
The trike behaved itself, although a minor problem was spotted with the suspension bump stops on the rear end, but that's nothing that a bit of cutting and welding won't cure ( in fact I cured that little problem the next day - thanks to yet another club member, Ian. )