The Ardingly Classic Bike Show and jumble returns to the South of England Showground on Sunday 29th October 2023, rounding off the season in style with a Vincent theme. Vincent is synonymous with world speed records; perhaps the most notable being Rollie Free’s ride on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1948.
Riding a Black Lightning, Free stripped to his swimming shorts to reduce drag on his final run. He covered the mile in 23.9 seconds, passing the 150mph barrier and achieving a record average speed of 150.313mph.
Celebrating this and the marque’s many other racing and record-breaking achievements, Ardingly organisers Elk Promotions and the Vincent OC have arranged a show-stopping line-up of racing Vincents for visitors to admire. They will also be able to hear a selection of mighty Vin twins roar into life in the fire-up paddock.
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With nearly two acres of classic motorcycle show and autojumble undercover as well as jumble stalls in the open air, alongside Vincent there will be many other makes and models of classic motorcycles represented at Ardingly. An array of club stands and plenty of private entries of pre-1980 machines will be on show in the main hall. You can enter your own classic into the concours display via the Elk Promotions site.
The all-motorcycle autojumble and trade stands – offering new and used spares, accessories, clothing, tools and more – will fill up the remaining space inside the halls, with additional pitches outdoors. Workshop Clear-Out stalls are available at the bargain price of just £20 per plot (pre-book only). The Free BikeMart display-to-sell area also returns, offering the opportunity to buy and sell complete machines.
As always, a range of catering – hand picked by the organisers – will be available.
Admission is from 10am and tickets cost just £7, with no charge for accompanied children under 16. Buy online or pay by card or cash at the gate.
The South of England Showground is located at Ardingly, near, Gatwick RH17 6TL; take J23 off the M23.
Photos by Sharon Benton / RC RChive