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Kempton Off-Road Show 2014

I began making arrangements with organiser, Eric Patterson of EGP Enterprises, rounded up a few likely exhibitors and then disappeared off to Nepal for November leaving the baby firmly with an un-suspecting Dick Faggetter. Dick performed admirably and organised the contents of the stand, both bikes and all the rest of it. He liaised with Eric and generally got everything ready which was no easy task as we had not entered this show before.

I had agreed to travel up with near-neighbour GRA member Frank Kay who was exhibiting his Hawkstone. It was a very cold morning and Frank's 4 x 4 had a thermostat problem. We then de-frosted his classic BMW only for it to overheat after a couple of miles! We then returned for his Primera and changed the trailer number plate for the third time! Meanwhile, Dick was already at Kempton and tearing his hair out but nonetheless, got the stand up and all bikes (less Frank's) lined up and on parade. Frank and I arrived 1 1/2 hours late and after a few problems getting into the exhibitor's area due to the arrival of the public en-masse, finally arrived on the stand with Frank's bike after an epic never-say-die session!

Dick had everything under control with all bikes present and correct. The crowds soon built up and before long, a few works riders gathered on the stand. At 12 noon the Greeves Scrambles Series cups were presented to winner Gary Smith by works rider Vic Allen and series organiser, Dave Harper. Due to an unfortunate mix-up, series sponsor, Terry Sewell of TDS Classic Off Road Motorcycles, although at the show, missed the presentation. Not only does Terry sponsor the events but he attends them complete with his 'super-store' and he has got me out of trouble on more than one occasion. Thanks Terry!

We had a lot of interest and callers at the stand which meant little time to browse around the large autojumble but you can't have it both ways! Although only a one day show, it was certainly a success, both from the organisers and GRA points of view. In some ways, concentrating everything into a single day seemed to add to the atmosphere. It is amazing how many ex-works riders attend and don't forget, it was this event that originally started the run of off-road shows that is now Telford!