Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bill Little's Open Day

Line of classics on the Little drive.

Bill Little's open day has become one of the finer institutions in the classic motorcycling summer season. The Little's open up their driveway, barn and field, offer burgers and hotdogs and folks ride in and stay as long as they like. To add to the excitement there's an autojumble, free for stallholders, with a good quantity of proper garage clear out rather than the usual professional traders. To top it all things kick off in the evening with live music in a barn and the local pub brings along a few kegs and sets up in the garage. It's all informal, no booking for anything and always a good day out.

Triumph Model H 1917.
An early start on the now faithful Norton 99ss setting of with Dan on the 625 Bullet we met Ian in Salisbury on his Kawasaki W650. It's nearly two hours away from Dorset along for the most part ideal twisty country roads through magnificent scenery. Riding part West Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill and along the avenue of stones at Avebury is always a treat and a favourite ride.   

 The last couple of years the weather hasn't been so kind but this year, though ocassionally threatening, the rain gods were kind. With good weather and the murmur that this would be the last open day turn out was huge with an excellent selection of old machinery coming and going.  
BSA A65 with Swallow sidecar.

Well used Birmingham Scott.


Well used Harley WL.


Nimbus, at a guess from the early 50s.

Scott in nice original condition.

Douglas Mk V in front of the Little's living room.

Excellent period Tribsa.

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