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Over 300 other clas­sic riders en­joy­ing glo­ri­ous coun­try­side – well worth a look

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Get your­self out there

Sun­day Au­gust 6 is the day for vis­it­ing a fab­u­lous event – rid­ing en­tries were full a while back – and rev­el­ling in clas­sics be­ing rid­den as in­tended. The West Kent Run at­tracts a won­der­fully di­verse en­try and the au­to­jum­ble, club and pri­vate en­try dis­plays, con­cours and mo­tor­cy­cle gymkhana are well worth a look. As, of course, is the spec­ta­cle of more than 300 bikes rang­ing from a 1926 Match­less Model M to a 1981 Honda CX500 tak­ing to the Ken­tish lanes.

Our man Rick Park­ing­ton has taken part on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and reck­ons the run routes are ide­ally suited to vin­tage and light­weight clas­sics, but you’ll see ev­ery­thing from Brit twins to Ital­ian lightweights and British stro­kers; there’s even a 1959 Maico­letta scooter en­tered this year. The clas­sic bike world is a broad church and the West Kent Run truly re­flects it. Amen to that. iwkrun.wee­bly.com

Ah, the smell of old bike en­gines as they cool down af­ter a run...

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