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Crowds back Pagham’s day

A unique motorcycle sparkled in the sun at a popular Pagham event.


The 1964 BSA 250 Star Racer is the only one of its kind and was on show at Pagham on Parade for the first time.


Owner Jason Pierce, of Felpham, said he had owned the motorbike for about eight years. The bike was adapted from a Star commuter bike to the original owner’s specification.


“Unfortunately, it’s not very comfortable to ride. It’s a looker and not a rider. It’s hard on the wrists, hard on the back and the suspension is crippling.


“It will get you from A to B as long as they are close together.”


The bikes were known as cafe racers because groups of owners would ride them from cafe to cafe, such as the well-known Ace Cafe in London, in the 50s and 60s.


“A lot of people have come up to me and said they owned a BSA but it didn’t look anything like this. “The basic bike was a commuter bike which sold in the thousands and thousands but these conversions were unique.”


A total of nine motorcycles and some 100 classic cars were put on display by their proud owners at Sunday’s event.


The vehicles included a 1954 MG FT, a 1927 Morris Light Van and a Morris 1000 Traveller from 1970.


Shripney resident Tony Smith kept up his record of taking part for some ten years. He put his 1959 Jaguar K150 on display.


He said: “This is a good event. It’s local, it’s friendly and you meet a lot of people. Some of them you see year after year.”


A mid-morning downpour threatened to put a dampener on the occasion’s 14th staging but the clouds cleared before the opening.


Organising committee member Phil Higson said several thousand people had visited the event at Pagham Village Hall in Pagham Road.


“There are probably a few less vehicles this year but more people here. So, it’s been a very good day.


“We did think about stopping when the former parish council chairman, Ray Radmall, died this year but we decided to go ahead in his memory as much as anything else,” he said.


“I’m glad we did because so many people have come along and enjoyed themselves and it’s been a lovely atmosphere.”


He hoped the event would better the several thousand pounds raised last year for charities in the area.


As well as the static displays, the arena buzzed with action all day. Line dancers, Morris dancers and pop music kept the crowds entertained.


A fitting tribute to Mr Radmall was paid by the Rev Colin Wood in memory of his tireless work for Pagham on Parade.


A range of indoor and outdoor stalls also provided information about a host of good causes like the RNLI and the Scouts.

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