Pol­ished Rock­ers Bike Show

Classic Driver - - HOLMAN -

For those CD read­ers who, like me, also ap­pre­ci­ate clas­sic bikes, here’s a new show for your cal­en­dar!

Largely mas­ter-minded by the Dob­son broth­ers and James Cham­bers and rather clev­erly called Pol­ished Rock­ers, this March show was cen­tred on the Tu­atara Brew­ery in Para­pa­raumu on the Kapiti Coast. I counted over 400 bikes by the sup­posed close-off time of 1pm, about half of them on dis­play. And what an amaz­ing range of bikes and rid­ers, prov­ing that patched bik­ers and scooter boys can mix!

Judg­ing of the dis­play en­tries was di­vided into 3 cat­e­gories: Clas­sic (pre-1985), Cus­tom and Café Racer; plus People’s Choice, which was won by Michael Dob­son’s stun­ning black ‘min­i­mal’ BMW flat twin.

Top café racer was Rob’s BSA DBD34 Gold Star 500cc sin­gle with all the true hall­marks like rear-set footrests and clip on han­dle­bars. Some bikes such as the lovely blue early ’50s Tri­umph Thunderbird were stock stan­dard and orig­i­nal. Oth­ers, like a Kawasaki 750 triple, had been metic­u­lously/ ex­pen­sively re­stored to bet­ter than orig­i­nal.

Some of the cus­tomised bikes were stun­ning, such as the im­mac­u­late Du­cati NCR. But there were lit­tle Suzuki and Honda rat bikes, a hand­ful of scoot­ers and pre-war ma­chines. I counted around 27 dif­fer­ent mar­ques on dis­play rep­re­sent­ing Europe, the U.K., U.S.A. and Ja­pan: some of the real rar­i­ties in­cluded a Suzuki RE-5 ro­tary and an MV Agusta 350cc twin. The spec­ta­tors’ bikes were al­most as var­ied and worth a good look at too.

Helped by the spon­sor’s prod­ucts and just about the best rock­a­billy band I’ve ever seen (X-ray Cats, take a bow!) this was a great show and de­serves to be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture. In fact, feed­back was good enough that plans are well un­der way to do it again – I rec­om­mend you look out for the 2015 event!

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