22nd Copdock Show 2013



It had to happen sooner or later; visiting the Copdock Motorcycle Show. For years, people have been advising us to get along there and bending our ears with tales of how great it is.


But season after season we'd been putting it off, pleading poverty, making other commitments, or simply crying mañana (not least because autumn is that time of the year when we're usually groping around in one of our shrapnel filled garages hoping to finish an overdue project before another shivering winter comes down).


But this year we made a special effort to keep the calendar clear and we loped along to Copdock filled with promise and optimism, and we're bloody glad we did. This is simply a great show. In fact, it's one of the best—if not the best—that we've ever attended, and we've seen a few.


If you're not in the know, the venue is Trinity Park on the outskirts of Ipswich, Suffolk.


It's the 22nd event organised by the Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club. But it's not a club in the traditional sense with open membership. Instead, it's a closed club established in 1992 by a group of friends in Hadleigh, Suffolk.


The original idea was to simply create an event to show off and otherwise enjoy their bikes, but it's morphed into a huge gathering that you can bet your life Mortons has got its beady eye on.


The current Copdockers are Dave Baldry, Paul Finch, Phil Sayer, Steph Ruddy, Julian Bye, Rob Dean, Mark Goulty, Graham Godbold, Andy Hall, Chris Harper, Alex Malcolm, Alistair McColl, Andy Randall, Ady Smith and Don Whinney.


So what makes it such a good event? Well, there are a few things that probably have a lot to do with it.


The first is the obvious organisational skill, dedication and enthusiasm of the above members who clearly know how to throw a decent party. These guys and girls no doubt start the next year's show before the last one has ended, and they manage to muster a huge and largely unsung army of helpers and volunteers, all of whom appear to know exactly what they're doing and acquit themselves with the kind of "professionalism" that many other professionals would do well to study.


The second factor is that this is a genuine family show, but with plenty of motorcycle activity at its core (unlike one or two shows out there that appear to have lost the plot and have largely sidelined the bikes in favour of whoever they can get through the gate). Can't remember when we last saw so many kids and dogs at a bike show, and that sounds like a pretty healthy combination and bodes well for the future.


The third factor is the timing. Copdock is always held on the first week of October and thereby offers the best chance of reasonable weather with enough greenery left on the trees to fool you into thinking that it's still summer—and this year, the weather was perfect. So full marks to God.


The fourth factor is the Suffolk sky which has a special light due to a benevolent confluence of atmospherics and sea breezes or something (ask any meteorologist or TV ad maker). And God has to take some credit for that too.


The fifth factor is that Copdock is pretty easy to get to by road, rail and North Sea ferry, hence the large number of European bikers we encountered. And a few people even came in, as if not to be outdone, by paraglider.


Put that lot together and you've got all the makings of decent day out, and so it was. The organisers tell us that they have considered making it a two-day show, but rightly (in our opinion) decided on a single firework with a bigger bang rather than have it simply fizzing away over a weekend.


The star personality was motorcycle racer Carl Fogarty who was there to pick the winner of the prize draw who, this year, was Paul Napier from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex who rode away (so to speak) on a 1972 Norton Commando). But we never actually saw Foggie, partly because we were busy poking around a pretty decent autojumble and hunting bits for our stable of classics and otherwise chin-wagging with the traders.


Beyond that we were watching Kevin Carmichael doing the kind of things on a Triumph Speed Triple that you'd find it hard to do in a cartoon, and we watched some Moto-Ball for a while,  which is always an amusing diversion.


Then we took a peek at Ken Fox's Wall of Death which saw a trio of riders circumnavigating the inside of a timber drum and providing the usual centrifugal thrills—which was made even thrillier by the fact that two of the aforementioned wallcrawlers were very attractive girls (Kerri Cameron and Jaimi Starr) who ... well, let's not go there in case anyone of a more sensitive and prudish disposition is on the prowl).


So there you have it. A great day out in a great part of the world and organised by some very competent people.


Chances of a return next year? One hundred per cent, if we live that long.




—  Dexxion

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For Sump's picture essay of the 2013 22nd Copdock Motorcycle Show, check out this link or click the image immediately above...


Below is a list of this year's

Copdock traders. The initials

"AJ" refers to autojumblists



Able Plastics
Aerocoat EA Ltd
Alford Bros Ltd
Appleton Engineering
Arianna's Alternative Jewellery Designs
Army Surplus
Ashcroft Tools
Automobile Association
Bikesure Insurance
Black Bear Harley Davidson
Cannon Motorcycles (BMW)
Carole Nash
Christy Products
City of Leather (London) Ltd
Clinton Enterprises
Colchester Kawasaki
Cool Coozies/BJ's Spicy Nuts
Day Entertainments
Designer Jewellery
Emeraldfire Retro
Essex County Fire & Rescue Service
Eureka Memorabilia
Europelte Ltd
EZ Riders
Fastec Racing
Finishing Touch Jewellery
First Gear Ltd
Foremost Garages Ltd
Freedom Motorcycles Ltd
H R S Motorcycles
Heritage Classics
Hulls Transport Items
Hunterclass Ltd
Ink & Armour
Ipswich and East Suffolk Samaritans
Ipswich Rider Training Ltd
Jim Aim Motorcycles Ltd
Kevs MC Accessories & Clothing
Kingdom Motorcycles
Kingsley Healthcare
KIVT Ltd (Goldtop)
Krazy Horse
More Moto Ltd
Mototechniks Ltd
Motus Bike Wear Ltd
Moyes Cards
Nods Motorcycles
Norfolk Car Care
Orwell Motorcycles Ltd
Permanent Grin
Peter Best Insurance Services Ltd
Phoenix Motorcycle Trainer
Powerbond UK
Ride Out
Rowandell Jewellery & Gifts
Royal Enfield Books
S & R Picker
Sapphire Classics Ltd
Seastar Superbikes
So-Low Choppers
Steves Stainless
Stewart Davidson Photography
Stoney's Badge Supplies
Strickly Mobiles
Suffolk Blast Clean
Suffolk Constabulary
Suffolk County Council Road Safety
Suffolk ROSPA
Syms Pantry
T K Cope Moto
Teb Second Tuning
The Adventure Bike Shop
The Sign Box
Vintage Classic Orignals
Washbrook Service Station Ltd
Wicked Wytch Fashion
Witchwoods Pyrography
Wow 969
A O Services
Andrew Tiernan Classics
Berry AJ
Bricksters Ltd
Britannic Motorcycles
British Motor Cycle Spares
Clarkson AJ
Classic Motoring Enamels
Cox Collectables
Crabb AJ
Eady AJ
East Coast Trading
Ekquire Motorcycles
Elm Villa Classics
Garners AJ
Halls Autojumble
Holme AJ
John Clubb AJ
K C Cycles
Krazy Horse AJ
March Motorcycle Spares Ltd
Mestre AJ
Miles AJ
Monette & Co
Nicholls AJ
Orchard AJ
Osborne AJ
Paddys Classic Bike Parts
Porter AJ
R & L Motorcycles
Reynolds AJ
Rices Autojumble
Robery AJ
Rumball AJ
Sewell AJ
Smith Autojumble
SS Direct
Stanley Autojumble
Steven Green AJ
Steward AJ
Swainson AJ
TDS Classic Offroad Motorcycles
Thickitt AJ
Thompsons Autojumble
Tiger Man
Turner AJ
Vacwash Spares
W Fisk Klassic Motorcycles
West London Motorbike
Williams AJ
Woodhouse AJ
East Anglian Air Ambulance
Invicta Foundation
Only Fools and Horses
SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire
St John Ambulance
Suffolk Accident Rescue Service
Suffolk SSAFA




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