The Harley-Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain has been around since 1949 and for this years Classic Motor Show at the NEC – which spanned three days – the club wanted to put together boards to show a brief history of the club.
There were a total of four double-sided boards therefore we decided to go by the decades to summarise the club’s history. These boards sat between the bikes on the stand, which included a Shovel Chopper, AMF Monkey Bike and a 45.
I was passed over a large amount of photos from all eras, some with descriptions, others without. Of course, with the club running long before crisp HD cameras the quality of some photos weren’t great so I did worry about the outcome once printed but they came out perfect! The boards were printed and laminated by Wall Signs, Flint.
I aimed to get as much history as possible on each of the boards. They show the varied amount of events the club gets up to, it’s not all just Rallies with beer flowing! A recent notable public appearance by the club was on the BBC’s ONE Show where they supplied a Chopper for Meatloaf’s performance.
I went down on the Friday where there was a Shovelhead Chopper, AMF Monkey Bike, a very rare XR750 which has the Prototype engine number of P001, a lovely red 45, an Orange Shovelhead FL, the flamed FXRT with the trailer (which was rode in just before the show opened to the public!), a 1970 XLH1000 Sportster with the ’50 mile seat’ – the granddad of my bike.
After the show shut two more bikes were added whilst I was still around, the 14:1 XLR (runs on methanol) and the KRK which was at the Bonneville Salt Flats earlier in the year. Even more bikes were added on Saturday morning and Sunday!
Many stands in the show are cordoned off, not allowing you to stand between the cars/bikes but on the Harley Riders stand they were laid back and welcomed people to sit on the bikes whilst chatting to the club members on the stand.
I’m sure that more will be added to the stand in due time for the future stands as the club is a regular at the Classic Motor Show, but they will also be used at other events.
Being a massive petrol head, I loved the show (although they could do with more bikes on show!) and will be back for Motorcycle Live.
Did you go to the show? If so, what did you think of the stand?