'Sand and Motorcycles' at the Leighton Buzzard Railway

Stephen Doughty, Leighton Buzzard Railway  |  Published: Sep 10th 2017
motorcycle, courtesy LBRR

The story behind its odd title.

On Sunday 24th September 2017 the 'Sand & Motorcycle' show will again be staged in Pages Park, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard. In 2016 at our 6th show, we had 627 motorcycles attend. The show is FREE, there are club stands, trade stands and charity stands, cafe, tea & coffee stalls, and right next door is Pages Park Station with steam and diesel locomotives pulling passenger trains (normal fares apply).

Bedfordshire FireService will have a display, as will Central Beds Road Safety Team with 'OSCAR' the car simulator;Thames Valley Air Ambulance will have a stand as will the Royal British Legion Riders. The show

The show opens at 10am. Motorcycles of any age or type are welcome.

In the booklet available at Pages Park station “Dobbers and Loco Drivers in the Sand”, where retired employees of the LBR tell their stories, one is of three maintenance men who used old motorcycles to get to the sand equipment to repair and service it. This was in the late 1940s continuing into the early 1960s, the second-hand motorcycles being purchased by Garsides Sand from the Camden Motors garage in Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard. They were well worn 1937 models, being two BSA M20 and one P&M Panther model 100. Harry Lathwell was the maintenance foreman and his two men were Reggie Web and Freddy North. One can just imagine what a rough time these bikes had ridden around the sand pits off-road. They were totally worn out by 1961 and thrown into an unknown pit as scrap.

'Sand and Motorcycles' has its own facebook page,  www.facebook.com/SandAndMotorcycles

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