Norton Day at Brooklands

Norton Day at Brooklands, 12.7.2015 006The Surrey section held their Norton Day at Brooklands on Sunday 12th July 2015. The day did not start that well, as soon as I went out to the garage to get the bike out it rained. The weather for all that been hot and very sunny and when Sunday came for the Norton Day it was overcast and down right dull. We had an early morning meeting with Donna of Brooklands at 8.30am concerning the test hill, and the other health and safety concerns that were expressed by Donna and her team. Ken Rawlinson came over to my house and I pushed my 1963 Norton Atlas Scrambler out of the green and onto the main road so as not to annoy the neighbours at 7am in the morning. As a desert racer with loud exhaust pipes can be very anti social at that time of the morning.

When travelling through South Croydon, Banstead and Epsom so early in the morning there is not that much traffic on the road, and the rain so very thankfully had failed to start up again. Nigel Heugh put out all the signs for the directions to the Campbell Gate for our Norton Day, for all those that may not have been to the event before, but it was not that hard to find as there is allot of signage out on the main roads to Brooklands.

After the meeting with Donna we all helped with the erection of the Surrey sections marquee and the marquee for the helmet park. Mike Duffle did his usual very impressive organizational job of bringing all the necessary pieces of equipment that the section needs to make the Norton Day a complete and well organized event. Mike also brought along his ex Des Craig Manx Norton. We were also organizing a raffle for a painting that done by our very own, master of the paint brush Dave Gibson and the rider’s choice of bike. There was also a form given out for the rider’s choice of bike, or the bike you would like to take home. Our Surrey section marquee was organized by our chairman Steve Eccleshall’s wife Clare who was very efficient at managing all the comings and going from those that wanted to ride the test hill, and also helping with all the many queries that came up from those that attended the event. Clare was the model of calm, and efficiency at such a busy time of the morning.

The weather curtailed allot of members turning up, as it had rained very heavily at about mid day, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of those that attended. Donna explained to us at the meeting that if the weather was bad then the test hill could not be used at she explained it would become like glass and therefore very dangerous. Thankfully the weather Gods were with us and it turned out to be good, and the test hill was opened to all those that had paid for the option of using it. At last years event we had over 100 Norton’s in the paddock, and 50 other makes parked out side. This year we could only muster about 50 bikes due to the rather bad weather conditions. We had only one lightweight attend, a blue Norton Jubilee 250 with a fairing fitted and it was in very good condition. To all those that helped

The test hill proved very popular, as many members signed up to use it. There was allot of different models of Norton’s that arrived, and our members came from long distances to attend. We had two members that came up from Cornwall and one who rode his Dominator from Lincolnshire. We also had one of the P10 Norton twin designers attend our event; Bill Cakebread and his wife Val who brought their plunger framed camshaft Norton up from the south coast and he also rode the test hill. We also had Julie Diplock arrive with her companion who also rode a Commando, and Julie rode her very rare twin port Triumph single also up from the south coast. Julie runs and organizes some of the best shows and auto-jumbles in the south east.

The raffle for the painting was drawn by our own Bill Cakebread and the first ticket out was our Chairman’s Steve, but Steve returned it for another draw. The painting was won by a Don Green, from Walton on Thames, from a ticket that was bought by his wife. The rider’s choice bike was won by Pete McDermott, with his 1936 Norton 16H from the Thames Valley section.

Can I extend our thanks to Dave Gibson for the raffle painting, to Mike Duffell for bringing all the marquees and equipment? To Clare for organizing our marquee, and for all our members that helped with the test hill riders, the helmet park. We also had to wait as one member that attended left his helmet and carry pack till the very end so we had top stay till it was collected and then we could then all go home. Even though the weather was not the best the day was still a good one for all those that attended. The Surrey sections committee all did a brilliant job, and we totally rocked. A great day was had by all despite the weather being not at its best.

The pictures are of the Surrey section in our marquee, and Bill Cakebread with his plunger frames camshaft single.

Anthony Curzon

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