The fourth Roaring Twenties Day along the seafront at Bexhill-on-Sea was better than ever, even though it did start windy and chilly as the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s East Sussex Section staked out the site on the promenade lawns at 6am, writes Keith Rhodes.
Despite this, by 9am on Saturday, July 22, some interesting motorcycles had arrived, including a 1919 Clyno Lightweight 225, a trio of Scotts including a rare 1929 Sprint, a 1934 Peugeot 350 and an immaculate 1934 Brough SS100 with an 1150cc engine.
There was a public carnival feel to the event, with a Guinness World Record being set for the greatest number of people dancing the Charleston for five minutes, and racing driver Laurina McLaughlin taking an ex-Michael Schumacher Benetton along with an Osella F1 car which, although they had to remain static for health and safety reasons, were fired up a few times, scaring away the seagulls for a time.
One of the motorcycle entrants said: “It seems to get better each year, and we get to talk to more interested members of the public, which can only be a good thing for our hobby.”
The strong wind was enough to cause a First World War flying display to be cancelled, and when it started to rain incessantly at around 3pm, the site was cleared in double-quick time.
Next year’s event unfortunately is in doubt because the local authority is thought to be withdrawing funding for it.
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