MERCIA, THE ANGLO-SAXON NAME FOR THE AREA THAT TODAY IS KNOWN, PRETTY MUCH, AS THE MIDLANDS, WAS ONCE JUST ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT REGION IN THE BRITISH ISLES… DESPITE THE FACT THAT ITS CAPITAL WAS TAMWORTH.
AS I’m sure I’ve said before (look, I’m getting on, okay, and me memory’s not what it was), I do like National Chopper Club shows because they really are about custom bikes – it’s the Club’s raison d’être, isn’t it, and that means that the machines you get attending are proper custom bikes… well, except for my Niken.
Billed as both a car and bike show, there weren’t that many cars, it has to be said, but the bikes more than made up for that. Three long, long lines of chops an’ bobbers (and others) stretched the length of the field, and I ended up taking a frankly ridiculous number of pics as there was just so much there ( what you see here is just the merest fraction), and walked far enough to ensure that my rather large cheeseburger (with onions, natch) didn’t really affect my racing snake figure too much… what? What are you laughing at?
Sitting here all these months later writing this, one thing I do remember very clearly is how good the music that accompanied the day was. While we obviously go to bike shows to see bikes, music, background music, plays a huge part in establishing the right kind of atmosphere – too much or not enough can make or break an event. The music at this one was the best I’ve heard in ages; a bit o’ trad’ rock, a bit o’ modern rock, a bit o’ reggae, a bit o’ dubstep, a bit o’ pop – it was varied and interesting, and a thoroughly pleasant background to the day. Whoever was responsible for it, nice one.
The NCC don’t do actual categories as such at most of their shows – they just pick out a number of exemplary bikes. The winners here were no exception to that, and the awards went to: Bob’s ‘39 International (car award), Dave’s Sportster, Rob’s Triumph, Jamie’s twinturbo Suzuki (second mention this issue!), Mick’s Harley, Steve’s XS650, Derek’s Harris Magnum, and Justin’s Sportster.
The date for this year’s show has yet to be finalised but, as soon as we know, we’ll let you know too – watch the events pages for info!