Offley Bike Show in The Rain!

posted 16 Jul 2012, 15:35 by Timotheus O   [ updated 25 Jul 2012, 10:15 by David Wilson ]


The weatherman does his best, but just when you think they have got it right for your event the weather front swirls your way and down it comes. So began the start of the day for both events we attended to promote SERV Herts and Beds. Arlesey was a Village Fete on the school playing field which was unfortunately rained off last year after we had erected the gazebo made tea and then was informed that the fete was cancelled. Only slightly better luck this year! Our three members who volunteered for this event were:-

Alan Wilkinson,  John Warner, and Steve Levett with the Events El Supremo, Roger the Ego Elvin Popping into to both events to cheer everyone along!

No photos  as the camera was too wet to work and these three are not as good looking as the Offley crew? Well done guys for sticking with it and showing the SERV Flag ( well metaphorically so to speak) as the flag was at Offley.

So What about Offley well it rained and then it rained and about 4pm the sun came out.

But an interesting and eventful day for us with a few things going on.

I arrived just after 10.00am with all the kit inside with the now nearly T cut Red Maverick to be met with some happy faces of our members who had been standing in the rain for 45mins. But that apart the one thing that you can say about Herts and Beds we are a happy band when we get together, whatever the weather!

So my first instruction to the guys was please be careful with the new outer of the gazebo. We have just purchased a complete new outer and had it sign written with our logo. Looks quite good in the pictures.

So once all the equipment was in place it was straight into tea and bickies the staple diet of an HnB Bloodrunner. Tim Owen had brought along his camper van which was to be the chuck wagon which we linked up to the Gazebo and very good it turned out to be both as the kitchen an a meeting room for a couple of high powered meetings regards, how to change the resolution on my camera, and how can I put articles on the website without involving Tim. Others had a weird opinion that I was just trying to keep out of the rain!

The day in general was pretty dismal and we felt for the organisers of the “Great Offley Bike Show” especially as one of the organisers Baz Fowler had passed away recently, but he had made provision for us, in so much that the collection at the funeral would go to SERV Herts and Beds. This money has just been received in the sum of £980.00, of which we have spent £375 on the new outer cover of the Gazebo. We were visited just after lunch by Sandra,  Baz’s  wife. She commended the good work we do and asked if she could sit on the Deauville, we willingly obliged and Steve James took a few photos of Sandra on the bike. A framed print will be given to her at the Great Offley Bike Club presentation evening in the future.

So after bacon rolls with inch thick brown sauce and tea, cooked for the group by Tim and Myself in the Chuck Wagon and our visit from Sandra , we got on with the other highlight of the day. The Presentation of the Deauville.


Mark Jenkins our Senior Trainer had through “Norton Way Honda” Letchworth heard that a low mileage Deauville had come into their possession and was about to be sold. Mark is well known to them and negotiated a deal which involved “Norton Way” Servicing, MOT and Taxing the bike and Mark funding the rest. Over previous weeks we had arranged to have the bike liveried. The livery being purchased from Bluelite Graphics in Sussex. This kit was sent up to us and we arranged for “Character Signs” Aston to fit it locally. On returning to collect the bike we were told that the 6hour fitting charge would be waived because of the charity work we do, again a very generous gesture.

Mark then presented the bike to SERV Herts and Beds and I was very happy to receive this very generous gift from one of our own members. Thank you Mark.

At the end of the Bike Handover we all lined up around the two bikes at the show to create a new photo header for our Facebook Page. Thanks to everyone that turned up.

The afternoon sped by with the Rain,and more tea and more biscuits and less visitors enquiring about what we do.

We took the signal to break camp and beat a retreat to our homes after the usual presentations of best bikes in the show.

Thanks to all who braved the weather namely Steve James, Dave Perks, Helen Lake, Simon Lake, John Wigglesworth, Mark Jenkins, Ian Larman, Adrian Vaughan, Duncan Woods,  Tim Owen, Roger Elvin.