'Sand and Motorcycles' at the Leighton Buzzard Railway

Stephen Doughty, Leighton Buzzard Railway  |  Published: Sep 26th 2017

On Sunday the 24th of September the sun shone and the rock-n-roll music played in Pages Park. The band was 'The Rocker Covers' from Aylesbury and they found themselves in front of over 750 motorcycles, 90 scooters and 30 trikes. 870 motorcyclists had arrived between 10am and 1pm at the Leighton Buzzard Railway's annual "Sand and Motorcycle Show".

For an explanation of its unusual name go to www.facebook.com/SandAndMotorcycles.

The Leighton Buzzard Railway ran 'Drive a Steam Loco for a Fiver' and 'Engine Shed Tours' at the Pages Park station, as well as a two-train steam or diesel service to and from Stonehenge Works three miles away (www.buzzrail.co.uk). The numbers of motorcycles attending broke all previous number records and is now the biggest motorcycle show in the area. The excellent and very unusual first and second prizes were donated by 'VeeArt' of Bedford who specialise in such artwork; they are old pistons polished up and etched. The winning bikes were a 1950 Vincent Rapide and a 1955 Velocette Vouge. Prizes were presented by David Coulthard.

Bedfordshire Fire Service 'Biker Down' team were present to take bookings of their safety course. Central Beds Road Safety Team with 'Oscar' attanded, as well as 'Medical Dogs' charity and the 'Bucks, Herts and Oxon Air Ambulance'. The Bedfordshire 'Royal British Legion Riders' (the RBL National motorcycle branch) who also assist in the running and marshalling of ther show had a really excellent display. The three food outlets were hard pushed to cope with the numbers as many townspeople came as well to see the gleaming motorcycles.

Musicians. Photo credit and copyright Neil Cairns
All photos credit and copyright Neil Cairns
Motorcycles. Photo credit and copyright Neil Cairns
Motorcycles. Photo credit and copyright Neil Cairns
Motorcycles. Photo credit and copyright Neil Cairns
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