accepted into next year's event you really, really won't regret it! Well, unless you're on a diet or you're trying to give up alcohol anyway ...
The standard of bikes brought over by the other Brits was no less high either. As we were unloading the little black GTR from the van, Vic and Lin from Destiny Cycles rolled up with their equally stunning 'High Roller' trike and Lin's new Sportster chop and, in another van, two lads whose names I've forgotten (sorry!) with a very nice Shovelhead Harley. They were followed shortly after by Larry Houghton with his amazing CBXiooo and Scott from Kalamity Chop & Rod with his 'Calliente' Harley, Grub and Calipers from the NCC with Grub's GSX-R techno-chopper, and Tom Guest with his beautiful Percy Badbrush-painted chop (which you'll see in Biker at some point very soon!).
And the Irish lads' bikes were pretty shit hot too. Despite having to do two ferry crossings and drive eleventy million miles across four countries to get there, Ger 'y'big bollox' Conlon and 'Garda' Mick from C&C Choppers had arranged to bring over six of the best Irish custom bikes around, including Don Cronin's absolutely lovely old-style Morini and Daragh O'Shea's feckin' fantastic moped-engined chop (which, again, we hope to bring you pics of very soon). The star bike of the Irish lads, for me anyway, was Mick's black 'un with all the copper lines - I can, and did, stand and look at that for ages, just gorgeous.
'Course, it wasn't just the Brit stuff that was outstanding... well, no, actually it was. There were a couple of other nice bikes there too, but the stuff that we (as in the collective 'we') brought over was by far the best there. There was a drop-seat Sportster with O
THERE'S STILL SUMMAT AMAZING ABOUT SEEING A BIG DRESSER UP ON ITS BACK WHEEL EFFORTLESSLY MONOWHEELING
THE RADICAL BIKE SHOW BRINGS IN THE CREAM OF EUROPE'S CUSTOM BUILDERS AND THE BEST FROM THE BRITISH ISLES TOO
a nitrous bottlesque oil tank hanging off one side that made Budge and Helene squeak, a very neat little Triumph bobber that I quite fancied and a bonkers Harley chop with a front end so long that the wheel was somewhere in Belgium but, unusually for the Radical Bike Show, everything else was just nice, very nice, but not outstanding, y'know? You'd have been glad to take any o' the bikes home, but they weren't in the same class as the Brit and Irish stuff.
And this was reflected in the judging. Jean-Marie, Nicolas Chauvin's English-speaking oppo, made us all laugh (well, I say 'us - the Brits anyway, the French didn't look best pleased) by saying 'remember Waterloo' at the beginning of the presentation and they then went on to give Tom 'Best Paint', Larry third place, Don second place and, as you'd probably have guessed, Vic and Lin 'Best of Show' for 'High Roller'.
Four trophies - four winners from the Isles. Result!
With the judging over, I wandered away to check out the stunt show and was nearly rewarded with the front wheel of Rainer Schwarz's Road King / ElectraGlide/whatever it is in the face when I leant over the barrier. I know people've been wheelieing Harleys for years, but there's still summat bloody impressive about seeing a big dresser up on its back wheel. Portuguese stunt legend and 2008 World Champion Humberto Ribeiro performed another gobsmacking display of machine control, and the French lads from Brestunt added a bit of bad-ass street cool too - none o' this fancy leathers shit for them, baggy jeans and hoodies keep it 'real', y'know?
And then, all too soon, it was time to go. Budge loaded the little GTR trike effortlessly, everyone said their goodbyes and set off for the ferry, already planning what they're going to build for 2011. Thanks Nicolas for inviting us again, see you next year! ©
3rd, 4th & 5th September, tickets available now toil««*-book online, by post or phone. See www.storminthecastle.co.uk for further details
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The National Association tor Bikers with a Disability Invite you to attend their Summer rally for 2010
The Drymen Showfield, Stirling, G63 OHU
Live Bands and Disco • Traditional Rally Bar Custom Bike & Trike Show • Custom Bike Show Prizes donated by TR^SS
Advance Tickets: £12 (or £15 on the gate). Car Parking £5 (tree with blue disabled badge). Vans & Caravans £10. Limited day tickets will be available. Site opens on Friday at 12noon. Strictly no fires and dogs except guide dogs. Advanced ticket orders and stall holders pitch info from NABD By The Trossachs Rally, Unit 20, The Bridgewater Centre. Robson Avenue, Urmston, Manchester M41 7TE.
Cheques should be made payable to NABD. Ticket orders by credit card Tel: 0844 415 4849 or via the online shop at www.nabd.org.uk
NO! Alcohol will not bo permitted through the gate a* wo will be selling a good selection of beers wines and spirits at good prices. Remember, this is a fundraiser for NABD. all profits from the bar help toward adapting vehicles for disabled riders.
All proceeds to ensure freedom and independence tor disabled buers The NABD is a registered charily (NO. 1040907). Contact the NABD office for more mkxrration 08444154849 [email protected]
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