Monday, 26 August 2013

Bygone days

Bank Holidays to me as a child meant one thing, the fair would be in Clevedon.
Every Easter and August Bank Holiday the big lorries carrying the rides and generators would parade through our village and set up camp for a week on the sea front in front of the Salthouse Inn. 
The area is a large expanse of open grassland and in the winter the tides wash over the meagre barrier of an old sea wall which has seen better days.
The underlying soil is always damp and these heavy lorries turn the grass into a mud bath which takes weeks to get back to life. 
Like many of my era, Bank Holidays also meant Grandstand and World of Sport covering the Moto-X meetings at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, with names like Jeff Smith, Dave Bickers, Vic Eastwood-seen above on his last ride for AJS-Vic Allan and the Rickman brothers. 

These were the dying days of British motorcycles with names like AJS, BSA, Greeves,Rickman Mettise and Triumph giving way to Suzuki, Yamaha, Bultaco, Cz ,Husqvarna and Maico

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