7th October 2007


The Sussex coast’s just under two hours steady ride from my home in the New Forest, so I left at 7 a.m to travel up to Brighton with a big watery sun rising up in front of me. Looks as if the day’s going to be a good one. On the approach to the venue on Madeira Drive, there were very few bikes about, but I paid my £5 entry donation & found a spot to park the Harley. The donation goes to the Sussex Heart Charity & in exchange you’re given a bag by the stewards containing the programme of events for the day, plus a pin badge and various flyers. I was amongst the first fifty bikes to arrive. I set off to get a breakfast & a much needed cup of tea. After that I took a stroll along the drive to browse the many trade stalls. By now there was a steady flow of bikes & trikes arriving, heading Eastwards to park up. I never did get to the end of the bike parking line -they seemed to go on as far as the eye could see. From the exit end, American cars and Hotrods were entering Madeira Drive & parking up for the show. Bikes came in all shapes & sizes from monkey bikes to 5.7 litre “Boss Hoss”s. The trikes the same, from 125 cc to 5.3 litre V12 double wheel, tipper bodied transit rear ended monsters.
Making my way back along the rows of bikes, the bands were starting to play on the two stages & visitors were arriving in large numbers, making photos hard to acquire. I got back to the Custom Show to see Yoda in place ready for a bit of judging, but found the crowds made it almost impossible to take any shots. The weather stayed fine for the show & bikes still continued to arrive in their droves.
Last year £12,500 was raised for charity with the hope of raising even more for this, the third year. The day was indeed, a good one.

-Chevy Rick