South of England classic bike show and Bikejumble set for 2022

Classic motorcycle fans and enthusiasts of all things retro are in for an exciting time at this year’s South of England Classic Motorcycle Show and Bikejumble. The popular event is finally making a comeback as pandemic restrictions gradually ease. The exhibition is due to take place on Sunday March 27 in Ardingly near Gatwick.

Elk Promotions, the organization responsible for setting up the event, said there is indeed a strong demand for booth bookings for this year’s show. They say fans can expect a packed house, with the fairgrounds covering almost two acres of space. Everything from classic motorcycles on display, as well as vintage, new and restored parts, accessories and apparel, will be on sale at hundreds of stalls throughout the event.

Those who attend the event will be treated to a variety of attractions from multiple bike clubs, classic bike restorers and custom builders. There will be a showcase exclusive to pre-1980s motorcycles in the Jubilee showroom, where the creations of renowned engineer and restorer Richard Johns will be featured front and center. Among his creations is the V-Twin OHC-powered AJS, a recreation of the AJS bicycle used for his world speed record attempt in 1929. Also on display will be Johns’ AJcette, a custom machine meticulously incorporating AJS components and Velocette. put together.

Outside the exhibition halls, a number of motorcycle autojumble stands will be there to give attendees the chance to take something with them. Everything from memorabilia, clothing and even new, used and refurbished spare parts and accessories will be on display. Meanwhile, people looking to clear out their garages in time for the spring season can take advantage of the event’s ‘Workshop Clear-Out’ stalls, for just £20 per slot. Employing something of a flea market concept, the Clear-Out Workshop stalls are sure to have tons of interesting stuff for collectors and restorers alike.

People looking to expand their classic bike collections will also have the opportunity to purchase built and restored machines from the display areas to sell Free BikeMart, where private sellers can display their bikes and make some deals in the process. Of course, those of you who just want to drop by and have a look are also welcome. There will be catering from various food vendors to keep everyone’s tummies filled while enjoying the wide range of classic bikes on display.

Gates open from 10am and entry tickets cost just £7, or US$9.52, for adults. Children under 16 enter for free. In the meantime, if you’re a classic bike enthusiast who really wants to see all that’s on display, you can take advantage of EarlyBird entry, which gets you in from 7.30am to 8.45am, before everyone else, for £10 or US$13.60, you know, to get the best Instagram worthy photos, right?

Maria R. Newman