2015 was the 3rd time that we had been invited to take part in the Carole Nash Bike Show by Ruth Lemass of SDL Exhibitions who originally linked us up with Ace Cafe to provide a balance for their immaculate display of Cafe Racers and more. Kind of Mods & Rockers Theme; and in my humble opinion, it works. Both Ruth & Mark Wilsmore from Ace have been amazing supporters of the scooterists here in Ireland. In fact if it wasn't for them we would not be able to afford to show given we are enthusiasts and not a business. We also made many new friends through the show and have made great links with lots of bike clubs and business.
First Arrival on Thursday Evening.
Getting the Bran in place.
So for those who don't know the work that goes into it, the show depends on scooter owners offering their pride and joy for 4 days so that visitors can view them. The scooters have to be on-site on Thursday and then we can get banners etc up on the walls.This all takes time and organisation. And so far….it has worked very well for us. Myself an John Martin Kenny have manned the stand from Thursday till the death on Sunday each show, as we value our friends scooter like they're our own. The display can be cleared once the customers are gone, but Ruth and her team have helpfully allowed us to collect some on Monday, which was a big help to some.
Baby Jane for Aoibheann's Pink Tie Charity
One of the big points of attraction last year was Baby Jane, a scooter built from a wreck with donations from club members and scooterists around Ireland and abroad. They provided parts, money for painting & powder coating and it was all co-ordinated by Bh our resident mechanic.It has been a big draw at many events and is now a known scooter on the scene both at home and overseas.
It was built with kids in mind.
Everyone loves Baby Jane.
Each time we exhibit, we are inundated with a wonderful array of beautiful scooters, lovingly built, rebuilt and restored by people with a true love of the scootering lifestyle. Some are, as the Italians say " originale", some are upgraded with tuned engines, top notch paint & powder coating and some amazing murals. They give a very high standard for all others to follow, and many are award winners at foreign shows. But what matters most is that they are scooters which are loved by their owners and appreciated in the arena of a bike show, as well as everyday use on the roads of Ireland.
Jim Leonards Joey Dunlop Tribute Px
Gerry Connolly's Vintage Vbb.
David Nicholson's Dublin Tribute Cutdown.
My 300 & PSK Legshield Banner.
Thousands of 2-wheel fans fill the RDS for 3 days solid, and many don't give much thought to scooters. When they get to us, engage with our reps on the stand, we often find that their opinions change and they go away with a better knowledge of what we love to do.
The Famous Southern Comfort.
As I already stated Ace Cafe are always beside us and the crew are great fun and always up for the banter. They have some great Merch so check in and see what you can spoil yourself with.
So, If you're around at the show, drop by and say hello and see what we have to display this year. We can guarantee an interesting selection of scooters and a few interesting club members to chat to also.
See you from 3rd-5th March 2017 @ The RDS.