Capel Classic Car and Bike – August 2015

The Surrey section attended the Capel Classic Car and Bike Show on the Saturday August 15th 2015 from 12 noon to 5pm. We had a large marquee and ten members brought along their bikes for display on our stand. This year’s featured Marques were pre WW2 vehicles. The main show sponsor was Mole Valley Specialist Cars Ltd. The show is run by the Friends of St John the Baptist Church, in Mortimer Road, Capel in Surrey. Capel is off the A24 road that runs from Dorking through to Horsham, and it is very easily accessed from the other parts of Surrey, and the surrounding areas. There is this huge field behind the church where all the cars and bikes can and were displayed. There was also an additional attraction, the Capel Horticultural Show. There was also a large auto jumble as well as a sort car boot type stalls, as well as allot of craft stalls, and also many different varieties of food stalls available for the show goers to sample and enjoy.

There were some fears that the event may have been rained off due to the torrential rain that had been falling over the previous two days, but the weather Gods smiled on us all, and the sun came out to make it a spectacular day out. The gates were opened to the public from 12.00 and the public also had separate parking facilities. It is a very well run and organised show, and it is all in aid of the charity for St John the Baptist Church. For this event display vehicles have to have booked earlier and every entrant is given a show number and also a really well written and glossy programme as well as a metal plaque was handed out to all those that displayed a car or a bike. There is a web site www.capelcarshow.com should any of the members who live in Surrey or Sussex who would like to or want to attend next year’s event.

Capel car & bike show 9.8.2015 004There were club stands, and the Corvette club of the UK, had a large display of cars. There were also bike clubs stands, military vehicles, racing cars, and bikes, commercial, classic and veteran cars all on the display in the sunshine that made an excellent day out. Dave Degens also displayed many of his road and racing bikes behind the Surrey branch stand.

The Surrey sections Mike Duffel so very unfortunately had a minor stroke and he ended up in East Surrey hospital. Mike stores all our sections stands equipment so we had to make alternative arrangements. Our Geoff Cole stepped into the breach, and we all met at our chairman’s house, and then on to Mike place to collect all the stands material. So Geoff, Steve and I turned up at Mike’s house and garage, and loaded all the equipment into Geoff’s car, then onto the Capel show. The back roads following Steve to the Capel show is a really great ride, on a sunny afternoon, and the growl from my Atlas Scramblers exhausts was a joy to listen to.

 

The Capel show was packed, and as it is all for charity this makes it a much better prospect for attending visitors. Our own Dave Gibson gave a more modern Suzuki four cylinder bike a scare on a roundabout. As he was coming up to this roundabout, the Suzuki was on the outside and Dave drove inside the other cornering bike and powered out of the roundabout. The Suzuki rider must have been stunned to have been over taken and then left by a bike that must have been twice as old as he was. The Suzuki eventually caught up with Dave but the point had been proved from a handling point of view. It goes to show how good Norton’s made bikes then and later that held the road in such an amazing way. Dave was feeling deservedly smug at what he had done, when he arrived at the show.

Capel car & bike show 9.8.2015 007Those that arrived and exhibited their bikes are as follows

Patrick Bulimore       1971 Commando Fastback

Bjorn Christiansen   1970 Commando Roadster

Steve Eccleshall        2012 Norton 961 Sport

Simon Smith             1973 Commando Roadster

Chris Barraclough   1940 16H

Dave Cooper            1937 16H

Dave Gibson             1935 Inter Model 40 350cc

Roger Deadman      1957 Manx 500cc, 1942 Ex WD 16H. Roger brought his two bikes to the show in his ex US army 1942 6X6 GMC truck that he put out on display

Peter Ashley            1959 ES2 Wideline café racer. This engine has no internal stock parts.

Anthony Curzon     1963 Atlas Scrambler desert racer

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Mike Duffel has now almost fully recovered and we all wish him a very speedy recovery and a return to full health. He should have left the hospital and now be recovering at home. We have another show that the Surrey section will be attending and this will be the Real Classic Ardingly show in October.

 

Capel car & bike show 9.8.2015 002Those in the line up in our marquee from left to right are, Bjorn Christiansen, Simon Smith, Dave Cooper seated on his 16H, our chairman Steven Eccleshall, Patrick Bulimore, Roger Deadman, and Dave Gibson.

 

Seated on the bikes are Left to Right, Chris Barraclough, and David Cooper.

 

Can I thank all those that made the effort to attend, and display their bikes and for all their help with erecting and packing away our marquee. That was hard graft as it is a bike marquee to put up and pack away. It was a great day out, and the day ended on a great note with me following Steve and his friend on the way home through those Surrey back lanes. I can still remember the growling from my twin exhaust pipes as we passed by a cricket match on a green on the back lanes in Surrey. It was a really enjoyable and wonderful day out.

 

Anthony Curzon

 

Press Officer

NOC Surrey Branch

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