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The Kempton Off-Road Show

Although a rather cold day, at least the rain held off. Very important for the autojumble but not so crucial for the show which was held in the indoor area below the main racecourse stand. Dick Faggetter took 4 bikes, his grass-tracker, TES, TFS and Challenger MX4. Maurice Nicholas travelled all the way down from the Cambridge area to display his immaculate Triumph Greeves and I displayed my Anglian, suitably cleaned up after its recent trials action. Opposite my bike was a very original (and used) TFS on the Thames Trials Club stand and around the corner was a Silverstone RCS, up for sale at £6,500. A bit further down was another Greeves grass bike, this time 250 Griffon-based. Again, regularly used, the owner has been having quite a bit of success in VMCC vintage grass meetings.

Wandering around, I bumped into GRA members Dave Harper, John Collard, Andrew King, Jack Chalk and Chris Brown.

The autojumble had a few Greeves dotted about. There was a scrambler based on a Hawkstone but fitted with a twin RCA engine. A further grass-tracker was discovered, this one based on a more conventional frame. A rather pretty little 1959 20TA was for sale at £2,000 and at the other end of the scale, a DIY Scottish TDS kit was on offer. Whether it was the presence of the show as opposed to a normal Kempton 'jumble or the state of the economy, the crowds did not flock in on the early doors and at least 3 stall-holders I know all reported slow trade. There was also concern expressed over the increasing number of shows appearing on the calendar for next year and one trader said he would see how it went before making a decision on whether to continue jumbling or stick to the internet. A further stall-holder I know that appears at most events up and down the country intended to write a fairly strong letter to the press expressing his concern.

Despite these ominous rumblings, it was a very good day, both show and autojumble. Greeves were well represented and so was the GRA in a round-about sort of way!

Dick and his Fellow SBMOC Inmates Await
Matron with the Boiled Fish and Ovaltine!