The August Popham Megameent is now well established in the calendar. An informal ride-in show with club and trade stands. There are a couple of marquees but it is mostly outdoors and has on a few occasions in the past fallen foul to the vagaries of the English summer. This year, despite the majority of the summer being an absolute stinker weather-wise, the gods smiled and Popham was blessed with glorious sunshine. The combination of motorcycles and aeroplanes at a good old fashioned enthusiast aerodrome is a winner and throughout the day numerous flying machines dropped by, many of them vintage and even a gyrocopter amongst their number. Here's a few photos from machines that caught the eye..
|Open frame three speeder Scott.|
|Lovely unrestored dohc MV Augusta race bike.|
|Detail from a Moto Rumi 'Gentleman'.|
|Someone got a drill for Christmas! Probably seemed like|
a good idea at the time and must have saved at least 50
grammes! A bit of a restorer's dilemma but personally I'd
leave this Moto Rumi Tipo Sport just as it is.
|BSA A10 plunger Gold Flash mildly bobbed and with an M20|
front end grafted on. Looks very right but probably handles
and brakes worst than original!
|Home brewed v-twin special badged up as 'The Indomitable|
Jackson'. AJS engine and the other components I'm not too
sure. Very nicely put together.
|Unrestored Excelsior Roadmaster on the British Two Stroke|
|Anstey links on an unrestored Ariel Red Hunter that had been|
used by a gamekeeper in Surrey for all of its life.
|Cracking little Motom 50cc ohv race bike. Enormous finned|
sump and probably a very effective noise generating tool.
|On loan from the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu this|
experimental 1944 Royal Enfield 350 sidevalve twin was made
for military evaluation. In the end they chose the Triumph TRW.
|Good to see a very early Royal Enfield Crusader restored to|
original spec. RE persisted with single sprung saddles long
after other manufacturers. Particularly strange as they were
the first in there with swinging arm frames post-war.
|Side valve Norton Big-Four sidecar tug mated with a very|
glamorous Noxal sidecar parked up in the spectators' bike
|Same Norton, different view.|
|1911 Rudge labelled as probably the ex DC Bolton Brooklands|