Classic Bikes at Crich

The second annual Classic Motorcycle Day at Crich Tramway Village was a scorching success – not just because the weather was wonderfully warm, but also thanks to the superb selection of classic bikes on display.

The Tramway Village in the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire offers visitors a unique opportunity to step back in time, take multiple rides on historic trams, stroll along the period street displays and browse the exhibits in the museum. For a single day in July the vintage vehicles are joined by hundreds of old bikes and modern motorcycles, to create a truly memorable day out.

‘There was a great selection of bikes,’ said Ivor, who rode up with his friends from Northampton. ‘The BSA Goldies were quite a sight. Plenty to see and the trams were especially good. A great day out, well worth the trip – 11 of us on Royal Enfields.’

‘We had a cracking day,’ agreed Paul. ‘Fabulous turn out. Wonderful atmosphere being amongst so many like-minded people.’

‘Prebooked entry was really smooth,’ said Nick who brought his RD along to display it for the day. ‘Although I wasn’t part of an organised club stand, I was directed to the place where the other RD Yams were. Well done everyone!’

British bikes dominated the displays but a good contingent of Japanese and continental classics share the spotlight. There were organised displays by the Vincent and BSA Gold Star owners, while the Notts and Derby branch of the VMCC fired up a range of historic racing motorcycles – what sweet music they made!

Then there were the winners, voted for by the public. MikeH’s replica Vincent Grey Flash took top honours as Best In Show, with a Gold Star owned by Martin in second place.

JohnC’s 1938 Triumph Speed Twin was judged to be the Best British Bike, while JohnB’s Brough Superior won the Best Original Bike award, and a pretty little Prior from Germany took second place in the Best International category.

  

Here’s a 10 minute video, showing the variety of bikes and a flavour of the day:

Overall, it was ‘a lovely day out,’ said Dave. ‘Trams, motorcycles and sunshine.’

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Find out more about Crich Tramway Village

Check the dedicated Facebook page for the Classic Motorcycle Day to see details of next year’s event:

Photos by Tim Stanger, Tim Smith and Crich Tramway Village

 

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