Motorcycles

In the Mode at Hanslope

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It’s hard for me to believe that this is the 38th GPO Rally, when the first rally I ever did was the second one, in 1982. For my first rally I bought a cheap sleeping bag and a tiny ridge tent from Woolworths. the rally is held by the Barrel Bikers (Buckingham) Motorcycle Club.

On that second GPO Rally I was camped right by the road. The M1 was shut and lorries were being diverted past the rally site, at The White Horse at Husborne Crawley. It sounded like the lorry was coming straight through the tent when it woke me in the small hours.

This year’s rally was near Hanslope. I just popped up for Saturday evening this time, but I camped last year.

Why is it called the GPO Rally? The rally used to be held around the 22nd of April. Back in the days of feeble bike headlights and non waterproof clothing, most riders were young and poor and had to ride all year round because they couldn't afford a car. By the time April arrived they were Generally, er, Cheesed Off and needed cheering up by spending the weekend at a rally.

Hence the GPO Rally. Nothing to do with the Post Office. Years ago, the Barrel Bikers couldn't find a site for the rally in time, so it was delayed until the following October, and it's been held in the autumn ever since.

Many of you will not know what a motorcycle rally is, so I shall try to explain. There’s a field, with a marquee. The marquee has a stage at one end, and a bar at the other. There’s somewhere to get food and tea, and some toilets, just about everyone camps; your physical needs are taken care of.

The organisers, usually a motorcycle club, lay on entertainment; some bands on Friday and Saturday night, and some rally games on Saturday afternoon. That’s about it. The rest is up to you.

There’s a fine atmosphere at a rally. It’s common to be involved in both intense and daft conversations with people you’ve never met before, and silly escapades which because they don’t adversely affect anyone else, are fine and to be expected.

Many of the people at the rally are in clubs that hold their own rallies, or go to several rallies a year; there’s a common purpose which unites the rallyists and this is the thing that allows rallies to work so well.

Understand this: at the end of the weekend when the organising club is clearing up, most of the people that paid to come to the rally have tidied up after themselves. A rally is a communal effort.

You may know somebody who goes to rallies. For the best part of Monday and Tuesday, they will still be happily in rally mode. A good rally is good for the soul.

Anyhow, on with the pictures.

 

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The Barrel Bikers Show us stuff.

Every year at the Barrel Bikers’ 25th Custom and Classic Bike and Trike Show, I fail to get a good look at the bikes. I do talk to lots of people though, some of which I only ever see at this event. Here’s some pictures, of people.

Barrel Bikers Show PetePete and his new outfit (motorcycle and sidecar).


Barrel bikers show ChopperQuite a few choppers can be seen at the show, but not many 
of
these Raleigh Choppers. My little brother had one when we
were kids.


Barrel Bikers Show patchesPatches from all sorts of bike events, and some "In memory of" RIP
patches. It's common in the biker world to display this sort of
embroidered patch.
Often bike rallies (all weekend camping events) give out enamelled
badges instead, which are slightly different every year.


Barrel Bikers Show in shedUnder a hot sun in a cloudless sky, many took shelter in the shed.


Barrel Bikers Show food tentAnother cup of tea; I have to keep hydrated
in order to bring you these photos and
words.


Barrel Bikers show tea stallShorts weather, in the shade. Me, I've been
spending 
as much time in the shade during
the heatwave as I possibly can.


Barrel Bikers Show sitting downJust sitting around at the end of the show.

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Ludgershall Bike Night

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.

 

1937 RileyAs 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.

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Stony Live's Classic Show

Okay, it was really a classic vehicle show, but I was only interested in the bikes. And an aeroplane...

Stony Live Classic show1A nice Matchless single, that looks like it gets used regularly.

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