I am just back from a stay in Poole, Dorset, and have many scenic pictures to share, but I thought I would throw in this little post about the Tuesday night motorbike get-togethers on Poole Quay.
The events are held from April until September and bike lovers bring their machines from miles around to show them off and chat with like-minded people.
I have no special knowledge of motorbikes, although when I was a kid I held socket spanners and gaskets etc for my big brothers, who rode a Matchless and a Norton at various times.
But I do feel there is something special about these “Coles Miller Dream Machines” evenings. Coles Miller Solicitors are the sponsors. You can get an overview of the event here.
Every evening a judge decides the bike of the night and at the end of the season all the winners get together to decide the bike of the year.
It’s great to see all the lovely bikers promenading around and sharing fish and chips and coffee and stopping to admire the shiny machines for their chrome or paint jobs or engineering – or just the loving care that has clearly gone into the rebuilding of a vintage machine.
I am a coward, so although I walked among the bikes, I didn’t take any pictures until I was anonymously upstairs in the Thistle Hotel overlooking the Quay. As a result I have pictures of only a fraction of the thousand or so bikes on display, right the way along the Quay and even into some side roads.
I don’t think I got a picture of the winner of the night (August 2), a Triumph Thunderbird belonging to Nevil Wright of Salisbury…