Thursday, May 29, 2014

Southern Classic Bike Show Kempton Park

 I can't remember the last time I made the trek up to Kempton Park for the Southern Classic Bike Show and motoring up the M3 at stupid o'clock in the morning in the driving rain I questioned my sanity. As it turned out the rain stopped by 9.30, the sun even said hello once or twice and a fine time was had by all. The autojumble was a vast as ever and the show hall was packed with interesting bikes and heaving with punters. This is the first of a couple of posts on the show and comprises snaps taken whilst mooching around the jumble.

There were a lot of French lightweights on offer. Most of them
quite cheap, in the proverbial 'barn find' condition and most of
them fairly unloved by the Kempton park buying public. Not
sure why there has been a sudden rash of French imports. This
particular one is a 1932 100cc Grimault and seemed a bargain at £250. 

Another of the rash of French mopeds. This one a Favor.

Magnificent 550cc Blackburne engined Quadrant. There
was no price displayed.

A rare bike now and apparently reasonable sought after as
it sold quick enough with an asking price of £2695. Hub-centre
steered Yamaha GTS 1000.

There's been a few Swallow Gadabouts come to light recently.
This one sold with an asking price of £1650 and looked very
tidy and original.

Being sold as a complete project or as parts this Triumph
engined machine would make a tasty cafe-racer though your
pockets would be lightened considerably by the end of the
process. The label didn't say what the frame is, it looked newly
built. I would say a Vendetta but would be happily corrected
by someone who knows better.

Very original and unrestored BMW R26/3 single in unusual silver-grey
was offered by a French seller. 

A project for the brave. Home-brewed VW engined Sunbeam
S8. It looked like it had been hitched up to a sidecar previously.

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