Classic Bike and Scooter Show in Sowerby Bridge

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The Rotary club of Sowerby Bridge (RCoSB) 4th annual Classic Bike and Scooter Show promises to be bigger and better than before.

Pre 1980 scooter and bikes can be entered into the show with 16 categories – there is a new one this year: post 1980 modern classics and custom bikes.

Please see our website www.rotarysowerbybridge.org for details on how to enter. The pre entry fee is £5 and on the day is £6. Bikes and scooters need to arrive on the day between 8am – 10am. Winners will be announced in the afternoon.

One of the star exhibits will be the Russian Ice Speedway Bike formally owned by a runner up in the 1994-2002 world championships. This 2 valve Jawa engine bike specially built for the sport has 28mm spikes in the tyres (350 in total) to ensure a grip on the ice. It is a spectacle in itself and is not to be misses as this is suspected to be the only one in the country in its current form.

For the second year running we will have the Grand Classic Bike Show Raffle. First prize is £500, second prize is £100 and third prize is £50. Tickets cost 20p each and can be bought at the event, from members of the club as well as shortly before the event from local businesses in the area. Proceeds from the raffle and the event itself are to go to Rotary charities including Age (UK) Calderdale & Kirklees, and Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVRST).

Additional attractions on the day will include:
• food stalls (such as Tuck Truck, Royds Ices, Pancakes and Hog Roast by The Travelling Pig), a tombola,
• game stalls like frog in a bog,
• bike related stalls such as hand painted leather jackets & waistcoats by Lisa,
• a free cinema showing documentaries & films of classic bikes,
• a display of memorabilia from Bradford and Halifax speedways
• a plethora of ex speedway riders will be in attendance including past local heroes, British champions and World Championship finalists.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR: LGS fun fair will be at the show, bringing children swing chairs, waltzer, hook a duck side stall catering van, and a bouncy castle (weather permitting). There will also be 2 donkeys for donkey rides and face painting, along with a small trampoline hoopla hoops and exercise bike for people to try out from Kate’s classes. There will be a timed cycle ride on exercise bike winner to get a prize.

The uniqueness of this event is that it is a pure bike and scooter show making it one of the few in the area, with more classes than any other show (for example there are 2 classes of Japanese bike – 2 stroke and 4 stroke). Every class winner receives a trophy as well as the overall best in show.

The show is increasingly attracting pre-1950 bikes and there are 3 pre-First World War Harley Davidsons are expected to be exhibited. This is a growing show with up to 50 bikes and we are looking for more including owners of Vincent Comet and Black Shadows. We have previously exhibited a Brough Superior, one of the most expensive bikes in the world. The hard standing historic surroundings of the Wharf and the Rochdale canal make this event even more atmospheric.