Classic motorcycle display to attract visitors to the south

From left, Bernadette Williams, Alex Merchant, Maise and Peter Addison, Neil Pilkinghorne from Albury, New South Wales, Australia, John Scarfe from Perth  in Western Australia amd Juan Clague, who opened the exhibition

From left, Bernadette Williams, Alex Merchant, Maise and Peter Addison, Neil Pilkinghorne from Albury, New South Wales, Australia, John Scarfe from Perth in Western Australia amd Juan Clague, who opened the exhibition

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A display of 10 classic motorbikes – including a side car – is taking place in Port St Mary Town Hall’s west room until June 9 (open from 10.30am to 4.30pm except at the weekend, when it is closed).

Commissioners’ clerk Alastair Hamilton said it is hoped the display will attract visitors to the village, who will then support local businesses.

The display was opened by local resident Juan Clague, who is a vintage motorcycle enthusiast.

His two motorcycles – a BSA and an Ariel Square Four – are included and he believes the Ariel has never left Port St Mary throughout its 86 year life.

Commissioners’ chairman Bernadette Williams said: ‘Supporting our traders is key to having a successful village and in developing the town hall we have a suite of exhibition spaces that will attract visitors to the village. We are extremely fortunate to have the support of our local vintage motorcycle enthusiasts who have supplied the bikes that we have on display.

We are also delighted to be able to continue to support the Southern Befrienders by offering the opportunity to operate a limited catering facility at the event. This has truly been a community effort.’

The authority would welcome any motorbike-related memorabilia such as photographs or leathers to display with the bikes.

Exhibits include: a Honda CR93 successfully raced by Gary Dickinson – ‘the Mighty Atom’ – in the 1960s; a 1923 Rex Acme with a fascinating racing history; a 1919 Indian Power Plus; a 1927 Sunbeam Model 8; and 1970 Hewitt BSA Racing Outfit raced at the Pre-TT Classic on the Southern 100 course.

To contact the commissioners’ office, call 832101 or email a.hamilton@portstmary.gov.im

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