Icon•O•Classic : 2014 - What a great day!
Many thanks to all those who came along and brought their beloved bikes - an excellent turnout, certainly the largest number I’ve seen on display in one place since Malvern ’93.
Also a HUGE thanks to those who helped with setting up / taking down the barriers and manning road closures / directing traffic - the sort of camaraderie that allows shows of this kind to run along smoothly.
There were some incredible bikes on display, and it was really good chatting to folks - the Saturday night was particularly chilled…!
It became obvious early on that people had travelled long distances to take part, and this added greatly to the excitement and knowledge that Icon•O•Classic is something we’ve all wanted for a while now.
Hopefully next year we will get some of our continental, or even overseas, contingent…
All in all, the inuagural show has been a brilliant platform from which to grow the event year on year - with an ever increasing turnout of bikes and public.
The bikes make the show, and I am certain - as others have noted - that those who may have ‘held back’ this year will see what they have missed and will be eager to attend Icon•O•Classic : 2015 and beyond!
I will be meeting with the town and district councils over the coming weeks, and know already from preliminary discussions that they are pleased with the turnout, and happy that all proceeded without incident.
There are areas I will address for next year’s show - one of them being a strict enforcement of the ‘1m between bikes’ rule that wasn’t necessarily adhered to this time around.
We need proper space between bikes to allow close and easy admiration, and the layout wasn’t helped when bikes were 'bunched up’ in places.
I’m sure any security fears [which lead to tight grouping in places] were allayed once the show was up and running, so folks won’t have as many concerns next year and will be happy to set out properly...
I will be uploading some pics over the next few days [here, and on the FB pages], including some high level shots showing how the turnout from the public was equally strong - it wasn't just exhibitors!
Considering a possible change of date to a week earlier, but have asked Lord March if instead he wouldn’t mind rescheduling Goodwood Festival of Speed.
After his own inaugural event in ’93 clashed with Le Mans, he made a promise to avoid conflicts with future Le Mans and F1 races - I am of course expecting the same courtesy be shown towards Icon•O•Classic…
To answer with certainty one question raised - the event will always be kept at a 1995 [inclusive] cut-off, and this date won’t be extended.
This isn’t a retrobike event, and therefore doesn’t need to follow the lines of the site.
My interest in bikes stops at ’95, and I have zero interest in organising anything to include ’96 onwards bikes.
If this affects you, my apologies - but you could always buy an earlier bike!
Unfortunately, I had to 'cut the cloth' somewhat come opening day, and the Best in Show was not up and running.
This will certainly be up and running next year - I know some of you guys get a little competitive about these things!
Thank you once again one and all, it was a real pleasure to meet a load of new faces - some definite top banana gents and ladies amongst us!Here’s to next year!