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Clubmans All British Weekend 2012


We’ve been talking about it for months now. The 25th Annual Clubman’s All-British Weekend took place on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose CA. Sponsored by the BSA Owners Club of Northern California (BSAOCNC) sponsors this legendary show, which is the largest all-British classic motorcycle show west of the Mississippi. This year over 150 gorgeous bikes were in attendance, along with the largest crowd in Clubmans Show history.

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Motorcycle racing legend, Eddie Mulder, often an honored guest of the BSAOCNC, and the Clubman’s Show’s official “celebrity”, helped give out the award plaques for the top bikes in several classes. It’s quite an honor to trophy in a field that is not only this competitive, but also so highly specialized. I was privileged to help with the judging, as part of a team of 3 that were assigned 6 bikes to judge. There were, of course, several such teams. The judging process if fascinating & also very challenging. A real eye-opener for me, personally. The tough part is avoiding infusing your own personal tastes into your decisions. But, it’s all good, and the ones who should have won, won, in my humble opinion. But it is, after all, often subjective, especially when there are so many similar bikes that are all so nice.


Eddie Mulder was not the only racing legend there on Saturday. I was told that “The Mann”, Dick Mann himself was there poking around looking at parts in the swap meet. I did not see him myself & kick myself for missing the chance. He used to live in the Bay Area, but now lives in Nevada.

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This year’s Clubman’s Raffle Bike was a drop-dead gorgeous 1957 BSA Gold Star in near-showroom condition. All year long, the BSAOCNC sells raffle tickets for just $1.00…that’s right, one buck! You can literally own one of these bikes for as little as one dollar, and last year it happened. They winner of the 2011 Raffle Bike literally only bought one ticket, the day of the show. This year, 2012, the winner, David Hunter, actually bought 100 tickets. A pittance considering the roughly $15,000 value of the Gold Star. But, he won it fair & square & plans to send the bike back to Merry Ol’ England, where he’s from originally & leave it there to ride when he returns home to Manchester to visit family or whatever. This year, that “whatever” is going to be the Isle of Man, for which he has already purchased tickets. Ah, what a life!

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As we did last year, the (CBM) team showed up early, and set up our booth complete with white backdrop, professional lighting and talented young photographers, graphic artists and associates. Together we took eye-popping photos of 26 classic British motorcycles and promoted our site to an adoring public. But we also added something new this year. A wide-format color printer allowed us to print 13″ X 19″ color prints of the bikes within minutes of taking them. Many a proud owner went weak in the knees when they saw them. All in all, the show was a success for CBM, having promoted the site, taken some fantastic photos, and even made a little money selling prints. The deal is that I will take free photos of any bike at this show in & send them 6 digital images via email, in exchange, I own the photos & they can buy prints at the show if they wish (optional, and very reasonable). So, let’s see some pictures already…

Clubmans Show 2012 Pictures:

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1936 BSA B-20, owned by Otto Hofmann of Millbrae CA.


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1938 Velocette KTT.


1948 sunbeam s7, sunbeam motorcycles, sunbeam motorcycle pictures

1948 Sunbeam S7, owned by Fred Meyer of Castro Valley CA.


1950 triumph 6t thunderbird, triumph thunderbird, triumph motorcycle pictures, triumph 6t


1950 Triumph 6T Thunderbird (the first year for the 650), owned by Gregory Beck of San Carlos CA.


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This gorgeous 1951 BSA Golden Flash really turned heads.


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1953 BSA Gold Star owned by Doug Teeter of Green Valley AZ.


1955 triumph 6t thunderbird, triumph choppers, triumph bobbers, custom triumph motorcycles, old school choppers

1955 Triumph 6T Thunderbird custom,

owned by Alvin Rieske of Reno NV.


1959 bsa spitfire, bsa choppers, bsa bobbers, custom bsa motorcycles

1959 BSA Spitfire custom, owned by Gary Roper of Medford OR.


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1959 BSA Spitfire Scrambler.


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1959 BSA Super Rocket along with its proud owner, Bob Smith of Forestville CA.


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1959 Matchless G80CS owned by Greg Nealon of Fremont CA.


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1960 Royal Enfield 500 Fury owned by Paul Mooney of Kernville CA.


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1961 Greeves/Triumph Hawktone-Tiger 500 owned by Gregory Lawless of Incline Village NV.


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1963 Triumph T20SS Tiger Cub owned by Irma Bozzi of San Francisco CA.


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1965 BSA A65 Lightning 650 owned by Mike Crick of Granite Bay CA.


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1964 Triumph 750 Custom Street Tracker owned by Ron Smith of Chico CA.


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This 1966 Triumph T100SC is an

exact duplicate of the one Ann Margaret rode in movie “The Swinger”.


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1966 Triumph 650 custom dirt tracker owned by Jerry Kennedy of Fremont CA.


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1969 Triumph 650 custom street tracker with owner John Searock of Burbank CA.


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1969 BSA 441 Victor Special owned by Robin Crocket of Fresno CA.


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1970 Royal Enfield 750 Interceptor.


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1971 Norton Commando Interstate.


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1974 Norton 850 Commando Roadster.


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