Some great bikes this year: a Munch and a genuine Triumph ISDT on the Dorset VMCC stand. Had to chat with some dodgy geezer from the smoke about that one! Nice to see you again, Paul.
My fave this year? Toss up between a '65 R60/6 and a rather clean black CX500 just like the one I used to have. Lots of gorgeous bikes and I think my RS or C72 would easily have made the standard.
As usual, I spent excessively: a pair of decent all-metal jump-lead croc clips to replace the ones a 'friend' broke when he borrowed my leads, and some mini croc clips for jumper leads used for testing purposes on the workbench. I spent more on coffee than bits!
No sign of a little right-angled rubber boot that I need to hold the neutral light in place on the Honda. Both disappointing and surprising. Well, not at all, actually. If anyone stocked that I'd be astonished.
After my tenth or so circuit, a chat with Rowena about swimming, and weighed down with leaflets and plastic bags, I swanned off to the car park, enjoyed my sarnies and got home by 2pm.
I always want to own about twenty of the bikes I see at the show. Then I get home and like the ones I've already got. It's such fun: like carandclassic in 3D for me!! If I didn't own my bikes and came across them at the show they'd be on the "lust after" list immediately so apparently, for me, the chrome is always shinier on someone else's bike!
Outside stalls selling bikes, some whole-ish, many saved from canal bottoms, are fewer than of yore. Perhaps the supply of hopeless basket cases has been snapped up by would-be hipsters for bobber/cafe-ing? Most tool stalls still reasonable but the auction catalogue was £10. Weird, as I walked round and looked at the auction bikes in the metal. Not sure I'd pay a tenner for a picture of them after doing that.
No pics, sadly, hopefully someone else will supply them. It was too cold and my pics are worse than Bill's.
Bristol is the only show I do, and just because I always have and it's local. A very pleasant morning and some nice chatting. Typical foul weather though.
Hopefully, this month, I'll ride a bike