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Coinciding with the annual Brooklands Bike Show, on July 2 2017, Erica chose to make the show the destination for her planned ride-out.

The early morning weather for the ride was far from promising, with heavy showers sweeping across the South. By the time the Club members were assembled at Bahnstormer, Alton, however, the sun had broken through as the prelude to an absolute scorcher.

Meantime, Chris Tite had volunteered to prepare the display at the Brooklands Show, with banners, gazebo and furnishing all, hopefully, to entice new members into the fold.

Like all good ride-outs, the run went smoothly, through the Surrey Hills apart from losing 3 riders when one of the party opted for ‘the alternative route’. It mattered not one jot with everybody arriving safely at the Show.  

The Iconic Clubhouse at Brooklands
While Susan and I were viewing a couple of the buildings, a couple were showing their sons around until they came to one house ‘where great granny used to live’. “Look that’s her.” He said, pointing to a woman in one of the display photographs.

We started to wend our various ways home, but not before a stop-off at a viewing point right at the peak of the Purbeck Hills.
Thanks go to Greg for leading a delightful ride through some of Southern England's finest countryside and  on to the intriguing Tyneham village.

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The Brooklands Show, although predominantly aimed at vintage and classic riders, still had a good representation of more contemporary bikes with one make clubs and dealers in attendance. There was generally a ‘warm’ buzz about the place, underscored by the music of bikes being ridden up the ‘test hill’, a straight-line speed trial, up gradients of up 1 in 3, before bursting through the finishing line at the top. In the background was the sounds of various competition machines doing demonstration engine run-ups. For the more

This was a very pleasant and laid-back sort of day. A good antidote to the blur of everybody’s working week. Thanks go to Erica for irganising the ride and to Chris for arranging the display, running backwards and forwards to get the display there by car before running back home for his bike to go on the display.
The Club display was attracting some interest.