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Steve & Nick's Excellent Adventure (part two)
Again this all started on a Wednesday evening over a pint in the FOB. The main topic of conversation was the forthcoming Popham jumble, to be held on Sunday 18th Aug 13. Then “Big Malc” threw a large spanner in the works, “ I wouldn’t go to Popham, Brackley is a much better day out” It turned out that the Brackley Motor Cycle Festival and Popham was held on the same day. Now I’m not a great one for autojumbles; I’ve got enough junk in my garage already! So after the success of the Ace Café day, we decided to go to Brackley, me on my Ducati MHR and Steve on his 650 Triton. One small problem, where the hell is Brackley! A quick look on the internet found the site with directions, Brackley is just off the A43 south of Silverstone motor racing circuit, about 105 miles away. A straight forward ride, but we thought we would need to stop at least three times to stretch our legs, back, arms and hands !!
In the meantime I went on a two week holiday, coming back on the Saturday, (the day before) all the time monitoring the weather, after seven weeks of glorious weather, suddenly it seemed that we might get caught in heavy showers. That didn’t worry us, but the prospect of getting our pride and joys wet and dirty did, so we decided we would take our modern motorcycles (gasp, shock, horror!!). Yes I’m afraid we both own those horrid things that start (on a button) stop, and are comfortable. So again early on Sunday morning we met up by the Hogslodge, Steve on his very smart Kawasaki W800 special edition, and me on my BMW K1200 GT. Steve led, as his bike only had about 500 miles on it, and he wanted to go a bit steady. After a quick stop in Petersfield for fuel, we set off in earnest. I quite enjoyed this running in; we were belting along the A272 at 60-
As we entered the town we noticed other bikes pulling into a small side road, by a double lockup, we of course followed. We were greeted by a young chap, who for a small donation to the St.Johns Ambulance, would look after our bikes, helmets, and riding gear, what a great idea, we both happily tossed a few pounds into the bucket. We got back to the street and followed the crowd; yes it was already crowded before ten in the morning. When we got to the end of the high street, the magnitude of the event hit us; the whole high street was cordoned off, the lower part full of static displays of motorcycles of all types. There was something for everyone, from hand crafted choppers, to legendary MV Agusta racing machines, with just about everything in-
Nick van den Braak
(Pictures taken by Nick.vdB and Steve Cox)
Note: All monies raised that day went to the Air Ambulance.