Sunshine and gleaming chrome brings busiest ever motorcycle show

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Words and pictures by Colin Smeeton

With temperatures nearing the 30s and over 55 motorcycles and vehicles on display the Arran Heritage Museum enjoyed its busiest event of the season at their annual motorcycle show.

A large assortment of gleaming machines, from pre-war vintage models to modern marvels with sophisticated electronics, filled the museum lawn and spilled over into the adjacent gardens.

Creating a pleasant atmosphere the Arran Jazz Cafe Band provided the crowds with soothing and upbeat jazz music while the visitors mulled over the machines on display. With many of the owners being on hand to answer any questions, visitors could not only look at the motorcycles but also find out a bit about their history, quirks and provenance.

Included in the line-up were the usual big name contenders and also some classics like Norton, Triumph, BSA and a Velocette from 1937, owned by Paul Williams and winner of the best in show and the people’s choice vote.

The machines on display were judged by organisers John Hartley, Ronald Logan, Lenny Hartley and Tom Kerr who selected first place winners and runners up in six categories: classic (up to 1972), post classic (1973 to 1989), modern (1990 onwards), offroad and motorcross, racing and specials and other interesting vehicles -which saw two classic MG TD’s from 1951 and 1952 taking top spots.  In addition a best in show trophy was awarded along with the people’s choice where visitors voted for their favourite.

Towards the end of the afternoon, once visitors had had their fill of delicious food – supplied by Rosaburn Cafe – and a heady assortment of finely tuned mechanical engineered machines, the Isle of Arran Pipe Band performed for the audience and the prizes were presented to the winners of the various categories.

Winner of the classic category award, John Head with his trophy. 01_B27bikes01

Organiser Lenny Hartley presents Scott Mackenzie with his prize for winning the modern category. 01_B27bikes02

Organiser and recipient of the racing and specials category award, Lenny Hartley received the award for one of his array of classic racing bikes on display. 01_B27bikes03

Judge Lenny Hartley congratulates Paul Williams on winning the people’s choice award and the best in show with his 1937 Velocette GTP. 01_B27bikes04

An array of motorcycles of all shapes and sizes were on display on the museum’s lawn. 01_B27bikes05

Judges John Hartley, Ronald Logan, Lenny Hartley and Tom Kerr had the difficult task of judging all of the motorcycles on show. 01_B27bikes06

Young and old appreciate the machines, including these two young girls who fancied the sparkly pink and purple bike on display. 01_B27bikes07

Second place winner in the interesting vehicles category, Lindsay Kyle of West Lothian with his 1952 MG TD. 01_B27bikes08

First place winner in the vehicle category, Bill Martin of Lamlash with his 1951 MG TD. 01_B27bikes09

Creating a welcome atmosphere, the Jazz Cafe Band provided entertaining background music. 01_B27bikes10

Always attracting a crowd, the Isle of Arran Pipe Band perform for the visitors. 01_B27bikes11

With a great deal of chrome on display the touring bikes attracted a large amount of interest. 01_B27bikes12