20 minutes later and I get to the front of the queue. Four cars remember! Someone
get the lights phased to suit a Saturday morning please.
I actually gasp. Every car in front t of me and nearly everyone coming
from the opposite direction is turning into he Kempton park Race course. I still
don't believe I have got the right day.
January 26th ... the next race meeting is 28th. Do they get here that
Hang on there are a few bikes in the car park and yes a sign to the
I fight my way into the car park and face a mile long trip to the parking
Lots of people in yellow waving to us.
I start to get waved back to the entrance and think "you
prats"! but a really nice guy aims me at a parking space. Well they optimise their space!
Its Saturday 26th January 2002. I have Been invited to the EJP auto jumble
event at Kempton park The first of Eric Patersons auto jumble meetings of 2002. There are lots more guys so look
at he rest of the web site to see how to get here an when!
I am here to take pictures for Eric's web site. So I don't get out of the car! Its warm in here and its
bloody windy and wet. Shit!.( again) Last time I was on a road bike was 1973. Why am I here!
Id o get out and organise my stuff, camera, lenses, film, notebook. PDA, work phone, private phone. Money.
I stumble from the car under the weight
Tiptoe through rivers of water. My prized Andersen Consulting baseball cap tightly pressed down to my head.
I join the queue. Its got about 50 guys in it!
Why the heck are they here. Are they mad? Its cold and wet.... oh yes they are all mad bikers. Change mindset and I am one of them... But a guy is
handing out business cards telling us when we can do it all again so I think Hmmmm I think
that's mad Eric. hello hers our list of other events this year, says Eric.
Hi Eric. I'm Kevin !.. web site? Ah yes good lets talk later. Oh ! if
there is one thing Eric can do its talk. I learnt that from Dave Degens when
I first met Eric and his JAP Dresda.
I say ok then let me in for nothing. ( I am not proud!)
Eric laughs and then realises I am serious! Well £3 is £3!!!! ( This is not
expensive I think! I feel mean but walk out of the queue and approach Colin. Hi Colin Eric said I can get in for free!"
In I go feeling vastly superior to the 50 guys waiting in line.
As a nearly born again biker its
years since I went to a bike show and I am instantly amazed at
what I see. Hundreds of stalls, loads of bike of all kinds but
probably mostly of British origin.
The place is packed and its still
raining and only 11am. Gates open at 10 so if this rate of entry
keeps on it will b very full by mid day.
As I walk in people are walking out
carrying bits, two guys are carrying a complete frame, another
with leading link forks. For sale signs on a few Triumphs as I
walk up the stairs to the main area make me double take. Around
£1200 for a nice looking Unit Triumph. The bikes with it are good
value but i cant remember what they were. I thought Id have
another look on the way out but all but one had gone.
Naturally the indoor area was full.
I cant make up my mind if the stall holders liked the numbers of
people or not. Many were there to get out of the rain. But business
did seem brisk at most stands.