The Brooklands stand in the Brands

RealMotorsport provided a marquee for the Brooklands team in the Mallory Bike Bonanza race paddock (John Bottomley).

Superior over to the Brough Superior Owners’ Club area. In a different space, the full Triumph travelling exhibition unit was backed up by a display of 2017 Triumphs. Close by was the Surrey Triumph Owners’ Club, by far the biggest turn out of the day. Large manufacturers, such as Harley Davidson, exhibited their current range while much smaller makers, such as Hollis Motorcycles, showed their unique bikes. The whole static part of the show was a wide-ranging, eclectic mix of machines.

When it came to the Test Hill action, the older bikes stole the scene. Sheelagh Neal with her Triumph sidecar outfit made her usual full-bore, spirited attacks on the Hill and John Young on his Tri-JAP made his climbs so fast the crowd had no time to gasp. One of the dealers exhibiting bikes was so smitten by the whole day that he and his

Hatch race paddock at the BMCRC meeting (Michael Sands).

wife joined the Brooklands Trust Members on the spot. The mix of modern, historic, road, race and rare bikes made for a fascinating day and an atmosphere that had something for everyone, from enthusiast to casual visitor.

The following weekend was busy with activity

of a different kind. The team had been invited to make demonstration rides at two different events over the same two days. Some members went to the Chateau Impney Hill Climb near Droitwich and paraded up the hill. This year the parade was more of a controlled cavalcade with only one run per day; not so good for showing the bikes in anger.

On the Sunday Brooklands was represented at the Mallory Park Bike Bonanza with the usual marquee in a prominent place in the race paddock. There was a dedicated ‘Brooklands Parade’ for 15 minutes on the track. 14 riders turned out under the Brooklands banner, including Michael Digby and John Bottomley who had ridden at Chateau Impney the previous day. For the second year we welcomed our honorary Brooklands team rider Sammy Miller. For the third weekend, the action moved to Brands Hatch for the BMCRC Championship Weekend on the Grand Prix circuit. Only five riders took to the track for that parade as a result of the need to have an ACU Parade licence. Nevertheless, plenty of people saw our bikes in action and the Brooklands stand in the main race paddock did a lot to promote the Museum. The final weekend event of the month featured a new foray into France when three riders, three bikes and a big box of Museum fliers set out to the Grand Prix Retro du Puy de Notre Dame

John Bottomley (right, on the Yamaha) and Eric Wade (BSA Empire Star) compare notes after their track parade (Michael Sands).


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