Rye (Hamstreet) Classic Motorcycle Show

Sunday 19th July 2009


Show Results



Best Pre 1946

1st Clive Larby, 1929 Sunbeam Model 2. In it's 500cc version, this Sunbeam sidevalve engine was the last sidevalve to win The Isle of Man TT in 1922, ridden by Alec Bennett, at 59.97 mph. Sunbeam also won the team prize in 1914, 1923, 1928 and 1929.                             

2nd  Anita Dray, 1930 Indian 101 Scout. Recently restored, using most of the original parts. This bike was exported to Sweden from new so has the European specification headlight, charging & electrical system (Bosch). The Scout was popular for its handling, speed/weight ratio & versatility.


Best 1946 – 1959

1st Ian MacKay, 1959 BSA B31. Found derelict in a barn in Norfolk, restored 2002 - 2007. Last registered in 1971, it was taken off the road when the oil pump shaft seized.

2nd       Chris Ball, 1946 Indian Chief 1200. Imported from Montana USA 20 years ago this bike is pretty much stock standard.


Best 1960 – 1969

1st Colin Spiller, 1966 BSA Spitfire. Originally bought as a basket-case from Rye Bikejumble some years ago. Restored by Sports Classic in 2003.

2nd  R Daniels, 1961 Triumph Bonneville. The Bonneville was launched at the 1958 Earl's Court Motorcycle Show.


Best 1970 on

1st Lloyd Benton, 1977 Kawasaki Z4. Total ground-up restoration over a 12 month period using refurbished original parts as much as possible. Period twin-disc conversion & American spec rear mudgard. The machine is a Z900 A4 but painted in Z1B colours. Used regularly.

2nd Neil Pattemore, 1970 T120 Bonneville. Sold by Athertons of Liverpool in 1970, but cruelly sent to Pakistan when only 10 years old. Became very homesick, but luckily brought back to the UK just before it's 30th birthday where it found a loving owner who completely restored it to original.


Best Competition/ Special

1st P Townsend, 1962 Greeves MDS Scramber. Fitted with Villiers 34A engine, with Greeves cylinder and head.

2nd John Gates, 1950c Rotrax JAP Grasstrack.


Best British  

1st  Nick Pearce, 1914 Douglas Model W. Douglas made motorcycles in Bristol from 1907 to 1957, 1914 was the last year of production for the 2¾ HP model.

2nd Mr R Kelly, 1961 BSA Shooting Star. Restored in 1993.


Best Overseas

1st Jeremy Frank, 1973 Honda CB750 K2. First introduced in 1969, forty years ago, the first real Superbike from Japan, every schoolboy's dream. A little slow by todays standards but a joy to ride.

2nd D Harding, 1976 Honda CB750 K6. Restored using mainly original parts, I nearly bought one in 1976, so it has taken over thirty years to get one. Last of the original-styled CB750s which ran from K0 to K6.


Best Lightweight      

1st Michael Smith, 1952 MV Agusta 125cc. Believed to have been restored to its present condition in Italy some years ago. Acquired by current owner in September 2008.

2ndMichelle Evans, 1972 Yamaha FS1E SS. Restored in 2007 for the Ace Café London. Painted in black as a tribute to commemorate the 15th Annual Rockers Reunion. Featured on the Ace Café website picture gallery.


Best Heavyweight

1st       Peter Hall, 142 Harley Davidson WLA 45.

2nd       Dave Hawes, 1978 Laverda Jota. One owner from new, it has covered over 90,000 miles. Used to tour Europe. In original unrestored condition.


Best Club Stand

Norton Owners Club (Kent). With a stunning 750 Commando plus an array of other machines.