Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Classic Motorcycle Show.

This blog today is all about the"Bristol & West Classic motorcycle show". This is held annually at the Show ground at Shepton Mallet. Each year we, the Honda "CX-GL MCC" have a stand here, to show off our old Honda V Twins built from the late 70s into the 80s, not only that but we usually manage to sign up a few new members. The very best of the Worlds Classic bikes are shown here. This picture below shows our stand with about 10 of these classic V twin bikes on show. On the centre table of our stand is a CX 500 engine cut in half to expose its complete insides.
Please do click on any picture to enlarge it.
This CX500 below belongs to one of the clubs area managers, he has been busy rebuilding this right up until the show, now its virtually complete. On our club banners we have the words "I used to have one of those".
Below we have a nice example of a Triumph 110.
This Ariel was a fabulous condition, I suppose I should point out that i could not find a programme anywhere for this years event, so I cant give year, model etc.
A fine example of a Norton here.
Below, a 1921 Triumph model H.
This outstanding 1958 500cc "Gold Star"won a best in class, as you see by the Rosette.
The really well kept, class winning "Royal Enfield"below, is taxed and regularly ridden.
You don't see many of these about any more,Italian bikes aren't known for their longevity. This class winning 100cc three cylinder "Laverda Jota"was in its day the fastest factory street bike, with a top speed of close to 140mph, that in around 1976 !!!. Nice clean lines too but a bit of a heavy animal apparently.
Below, this classic "Triumph Boneville" was one of the later ones as its a 750cc model.
A fine example of a "Royal Enfield Bullet" this is a 350cc model.
Below, if I remember correctly this fabulous pair of bikes were "Tritons", these comprised of the famous "Norton Featherbed"frame, with a "Triumph engine.These bikes gave the handling of the famous "norton" frame with the extra power of the "Triumph" engine.
A very early model of "Royal Enfield".
With 4 large halls full of Motorcycles, Parts, Club stands and accessories this is a really good day out for motorcycle enthuiasts all over, with plenty of food and Tea outlets too. Sue and I bought our Grandson a Crash Helmet, plus ourselves a few things that we needed.
Joke of the day.

Catch 22

A lawyer's dog running about unleashed, makes a b-lines for the local butcher shop and steals a roast off the counter. The butcher goes to the lawyer's office and asks, "if a dog, running unleashed, steals a piece of meat from my store, do I have a right to demand payment for the meat from the dog's owner?"
"Absolutely," the lawyer responded.
The butcher immediately shot back, "Good! You owe me £7.99 for the roast your dog stole from me this morning."
The lawyer, without a word, writes the butcher a check for £7.99. A few days later, the butcher, browsing through his mail, finds an envelope from the lawyer.
The contents reads "Consultation: £25.00."


Blogger Gina E. said...

FANTASTIC photos, Bob! Fabulous bikes - can't wait to show Ken (he's in bed now, and would not appreciate being woken up at 2.30 am). The Laverda brings back memories for me. I met Ken when I got a job in the office of the motorcycle shop he worked at (he was Spare Parts manager). At the time, they were just starting to import Laverdas into Oz and we were the official distributors to the trade. Very nice bike.

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Blogger Shammickite said...

When I lived in Combe Martin, I had a boyfriend called Keith who rode an Ariel Square Four. Womder where he is now? And wonder where the bike is?

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Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob...Great photo's/We had a vintage bike and car Rally here on sunday, was suffering summer flu and couldnt get out to take any Photo's felt like my head was going to explode...

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Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi again Bob,
Just dropping by to tell you about some photos I've just posted on my blog. If you want to see what's left of a motorcycle after a bushfire has passed through, go see my blog.

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Blogger Gina E. said...

Me again. 11 pm Monday night in Melbourne. I finally pinned Ken down long enough to show him these photos. He said to tell you he is impressed!! (by both the bikes and your photography I think)

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