In mid evening on the first Monday in July, I rode my motorcycle down to the village of Ludgershall for their annual Bike Night. There were bikes, some interesting cars, and a few tractors, but mostly there were bikes, and bikers. I got there at about 8 pm, the place was full to bursting and there was plenty to look at. By 9:30 pm I was one of the last to leave.
As I approached the left turn to the village off the A41, I saw a small, low, old sports car with great big headlights coming the other way, slowing just enough to make the right turn up the same road. I reached the turn just before the car, and wondered what it was. It turned out to be a 1937 Riley.
I didn’t mention there were boats, but this is not a boat. I didn't believe it was one, so I peered underneath the front and I wasn't too surprised to see a wheel. It is based on a Reliant three wheeler. Like the Reliant cars, it has (I think) glass fibre bodywork. The head image is from David Pelham's cover design for Penguin’s edition of A Clockwork Orange. And yes, the car behind it is covered in artificial grass.
This one off bike, The Flying Millyard, has a five litre V-twin engine made out of two cylinders from a nine cylinder Pratt & Whitney aero engine. I later saw it as the owner rode it away, with a gentle low RPM chuff from the exhaust with a lovely scent of hot oil.
John of Patches Galore, with his stall. He will sew patches on for you, while you wait; he is often a bike events in this area. Please note before you click to see a bigger version, that some of the slogans on these patches are NSFW.
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