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Now the name doesn’t sound too inviting but I assure you it’s not what it sounds. Held on Sunday 16th September at Beaumanor Hall, Loughborough the Stinkwheel show is a collection of classic and Italian classic bikes.

Me and Jon were chosen as the worthy representatives for Bikesure for this occasion which was also to be sponsored by ourselves. With the “company”, oh yes “company” car stocked up and good to go, we left Kings Lynn for the sunny heights of Loughborough.

We borrowed Suzy Sat Nav from Dean “the egg” Twiddy and programmed in the postcode for the show. After a quick stop off at McDonald’s, and 2 hours on the road, the Sat Nav uttered the words “100 yards to your destination!” Now at this point, I was quite worried, mainly because I hadn’t seen any sign of any type of bike show, or house for that matter.

Turn right and you will reach your destination she said, so we did … and pulled into a car park of a local cricket match!!! If it wasn’t for the child lock, Mrs Sat Nav would have found her way strewn a mile down the road! After much reprogramming, we eventually found the show and set up.

Back to the hotel for light refreshments and an early night … cough cough!! ANYWAY!

Next morning after a few cups of tea and figuring out if we were in the right hotel or not, we brushed ourselves down … not each other!!!! and arrived at the show at 9.30.

There were loads of traders and bikes including BSA, Norton, MV Agusta etc. There was a large showground in the middle for all the bikes to be shown off, as well as a display team.

We set our stall and proceeded processing quotes and giving out goody bags and generally chatting to the public and spreading the word of Bikesure.

At one point I was approached by the organiser to enter the ring (Ed: I didn’t think Rob Balls was at this show?) and say a few words over the tannoy!!! SAY A FEW WORDS????? I bloody loved it, snatched the microphone off the announcer and delivered a speech that Winston Churchill himself would be proud off.

All in all the show was a great success, we spoke to owners clubs, the public, everyone really.

Look out for us at up and coming shows as Bikesure will be appearing at as many as possible, so just come and have a chat!!

Grant “cheese on toast” Varnham

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