New find at Sowerby show

A recently-discovered 1922 Excelsior 269cc bike
A recently-discovered 1922 Excelsior 269cc bike

A recently-discovered 1922 Excelsior 269cc bike will be one of the start attractions at this year’s Sowerby Bridge Rotary Club bike show.

The bike was found at JMS Motorcycles in Sowerby Bridge when a rotarian visited the shop to obtain support for the upcoming show at the Shire Cruisers Wharf.

The bike frame was discovered in the boiler house of Longbottom Mill in Sowerby Bridge as the mill was being demolished.

The bike is already in fine condition and will be fully restored in the near future but will be brought to the show on May 24 for all to see.

Many other pre 1980s bikes will be on show from England, Japan, Italy, Czechoslovakia and Germany, with the oldest bike so far registered from 1924.

Other attractions include an all day cinema show and scooter films, a hog roast, refreshments, bike memorabilia and a family tombola.

Prize giving for all 17 classes of entrants will be at 3pm.

The show which is open to all pre 1980 bikes and scooters and includes trophies and Millers Oils ‘goodie bags’ for each of the 17 class winners.

Richard Goodwin, from Sowerby Bridge Rotary Club, said: “It will be our 2nd annual show following the success and popularity of our first with all proceeds going to our charity fund.

“Funds from the show have so far gone to part provision of a public access defibrillator and other local good causes.”

If you have a classic bike you would like to show call 01422 836044, go to www.rotarysowerbybridge.org.