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Racing Vincents Come to Ardingly - Download the Show Programme Now!

Download the Show Programme for our next event on Sunday 29 October 2023 at The South of England Showground, Ardingly, near Gatwick, RH17 6TL.

2023 Show Catalogue Ardingly OctoberDraft
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We're really looking forward to seeing Brian Chapman's Vincent Sprinters Mighty Mouse and Super Mouse, along with a host of other Vincents including the sprinter Epimethius, TT machines, Egli Vincents and models including Black Shadows, Comets, Black Princes, Rapides and Grey Flash and Lightning replicas. The Giant Killer of Drag Racing, Mighty Mouse is pictured below. It was developed over many years by Brian Chapman. Every year Brian continued to modify his tiny machine, and every year it got quicker until it was the World’s First 500cc to run a sub 9 second time. Mighty Mouse finally reached the end of its development progress at the end of the seventies, notching up a best of 8.81s.

After Mighty Mouse finally reached the end of its development progress at the end of the seventies, Brian Chapman decided to build a vee-twin Vincent in his own special way. Debuted in 1981, Super Mouse ran like a double-engined 500, with twin blowers, so all his knowledge could be incorporated.

It was immediately successful, and Brian rapidly headed down towards the 7 second zone. Unfortunately he got thrown off the bike in 1982, having recorded times of 8.25s/169mph. Brian himself was thankfully only badly bruised. Although he rebuilt the bike and ran again, it was not long before he retired from full-on racing. (words courtesy Keith Lee)

Here's some more of the fabulous Vincents booked in for Sunday 29 October 2023!

The main bike show is held inside the large Queens Jubilee Hall, alongside club stands and selected traders. Bike jumblers and traders, tons of classic motorcycles, new and used spares, clothing and accessories are spread across five halls around the showground. Refreshments are available from a variety of carefully chosen food stalls.

The South of England Showground can be found at Ardingly, near Gatwick, RH17 6TL - eight miles from M23 junction 10, and clearly sign-posted.

Gates open to the public from 10 am. Ticket prices have been frozen at the 2022 rate, at just £7 for adults. Accompanied children under 16 get in for free, parking is free and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

EarlyBird Admission from 8:00–9:30 am is available for £10. Tickets are available online or visitors can pay by card or cash at the gate.

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