As ever the Coventry Parade is a good excuse for a great collection of Vintage and Classic motorcycles to congregate along with their riders for a great day. The day was professionally orchestrated and organised by the amiable and ever helpful Geoff, Robert and support team. As can be seen from the accompanying images all shapes, sizes and ages of machines were represented at the splendid location of Coombe Abbey country park.
Something for everyone at this years Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage, Vintage aircraft, cars, motorcycles and most things in between. We got to give our our bikes a good spin around a small circuit lined with straw bales and proper marshals. This is turning out to be a super friendly and enthusiastic event where the public can get close to all the various interesting forms of powered machines on display, My own moment was being able to get close to the wonderful Bristol Scout aircraft, apparently the only airworthy Bristol Scout in the world.
This is the Aforementioned aircraft being wheeled into position on the Saturday morning after being unloaded from the trailer and then assembled.
This years theme for 2017 Founders day was American Motor Cycles, and these three machines deserved my attention because to my eye Indians always appear Beautiful, magical and charismatic Motor Cycles. Every year I am always amazed at how many old friends or new acquaintances I meet more often than not in centre of this universe that is the Founders Day Auto jumble. Again this year our section was very lucky to have been given space for our club stand, and after an early damp start we ended up with a very presentable display. And as the weather got warmer the stand became a drop in centre for Friends, helmets, jackets and of course recent Auto jumble finds.
If there is one thing I thought stood out at this years Founders day it was the amount of well turned out proudly displayed tiddler machines, most types of mopeds, Honda Cubs, Bantams and other small capacity machines. Is this a new growing trend or just coincidence? Maybe these smaller machines can give just as much pleasure riding and tinkering than larger machines that are becoming more expensive and possibly to a senior generation easier to handle in and out of the workshop...watch this space!