February 22, 2014
This very welcome fine weather ensured the Gloucester Bantamneers enjoyed our visit to the Coleford Carnival of Transport on Easter Monday. Aaron Reason and I left my place at 08.00 and tootled through the scenic Forest route where we met up with Paul Lyons, Mick Gadsby, Lorna Steel and Nick Bramley and B44 Jim (yes he's had an upgrade from the B25 !). This was the best showing yet in terms of numbers compared to our normal quite modest gatherings. It was lovely to meet up and spend the day together where there was so much going on around us we never had a dull moment.
New club member Tony Fielding introduced himself during the afternoon and says that had he had more time to check over his recently acquired genuine D1 GPO Bantam then that too would have been added to our line-up. We are looking forward to seeing Tony's bike at the forthcoming SVTEC show in South Cerney later this year ?
Plenty of interest was shown in the Bantams throughout the day and the friendliness of the event meant that lots of folk wanted to relate their own 'Bantam Stories' all of which we had never heard before ???
All the bikes on show had our own exclusive street in which to park which made for a very busy street indeed !
Note Lorna and Nicks Bantams in the foreground. Nick tells me he will be replacing his alloy cylinder head with a stock D14 type before the Cambrian Run since there will be small need over the weekend for a machine that can do 80mph !
The show itself was orientated towards cars and every street (bar ours) in the town centre plus large carparks near the Railway Museum were chock-o-block with Classic cars of every description although I did see one steam engine chuffing away by the town clock giving the air that wonderful aroma we Brits expect on our 'show days' ? A cup of tea in the church hall gave us an opportunity to take a peep at the local model railway exhibition and it was very interesting to see that there were as many youngsters participating and showing of their 'layouts' as there were adults. The level of knowledge at any event like this is sky high and no matter who you might be sitting next to, you can be sure to come away knowing a lot more than when you came !
All too soon the time ticked around to 4pm and the day dissolved when entrants were seen to be 'firing up' ready for their journey home. Mick and Sid are seen here leaving for their homeward journey.
One club member who was sorely missed on the day was David Bearcroft who had contacted me before the show to say he was convalescing after a stay in hospital. I'm sure you would join me in wishing David a very speedy recovery and that we hope to meet him in the near future at one of our ride outs or meet ups. (BTW David, the weather on the day which you ordered for us arrived 'parcel post' - thanks very much !)
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