36th Motorcycle Run and Concours

Date for your diary : 6 May 2019 @ Key Car Park, Elvetham Heath,Fleet


What a fabulous day we all had in 2018 - and over 250 amazing machines to be admired. Thanks for coming and allowing us to raise funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and Fleet & Church Crookham First Responders.

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 See some photos from the day taken by Lion Paulo Silva.

For the 35th Classic Motorcycle Run and Concours (2018) we were again at The Key Car Park, Elvetham Heath, Fleet. (for directions use postcode GU51 1HA)

Video taken at the 2016 event

May Bank Holiday - Last Year

Last year our well supported and successful annual Classic Bike Rally in its 34th year, welcomed approximately 200 classic bike enthusiasts with their very varied mounts from 50cc to 1000cc. The predicted damp weather reduced our entry numbers but we thank you for your continued support and look forward to good weather this year and hope you will return again to our venue at Elvetham Heath, which is easy to find further towards Hartley Wintney, but still in Fleet, on the A323.

Bikes ranging from the early 1900s to the later classics, with condition varying from untouched original to gleaming concours restoration, were viewed by around 350 members of the public who came to share the day with the riders.

The event is organised by Lions members and many enthusiastic supporters helping throughout the year and on the day to bring the event together, and we take this opportunity to thank them for their loyal support.

The monies raised was £1900.00  going to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, SERV Wessex emergency motorcycle blood transport and Lions community funds, so we wish to thank all the enthusiasts, members of the public and sponsors of prizes for our raffle who helped us raise this sum.

Over the past 34 years the event has raised over £65,000.00 for designated charities from your support. Thank you.

So make a note in your diaries of May 7th 2018 for the 35th Classic Motorcycle Run and Concours. Entry forms will be sent by post to those who attended in the last few years, and will include postcode and directions to the new venue, but entry can also be made by downloading the link below, meanwhile look at the videos that we have added, click on the central arrow and look at the "moving" pictures and sounds of the day.

We very much hope that you will come along again this year and bring with you a friend with a classic bike who has not been before or who has not been for a while.

After discussion with many previous supporters, a shut-off date of 1989 for the classes is to try to preserve the original concept that the Fleet Run is for "Classic Bikes". At the same time we appreciate that some riders do have a second, later bike, if the "old one fails".

Lions Centenary Year

At last yearís event we were helping to celebrate 100 years of Lions Clubs International by featuring a classic 1917 New Imperial motorcycle!

New Imperial

New Imperial close-up

Seated on his New Imperial is enthusiast Andy Deane. The bike was built in Birmingham in 1917 and is still roadworthy today, ridden as long as itís not too hilly and the weather stays dry!

It features:

Four Horseshoes Challenge Shield

Again this year the Four Horseshoes Challenge Shield will be  awarded to the Landladies choice of bike from all those showing an entry number, being judged and presented at the Four Horseshoes lunch stop at Sherfield- on- Loddon. With the main Concours being at the Key Car Park, Elvetham Heath after returning from the road run. 

Entry 'on the day' is £9.50. All riders receive an enamel commemorative badge.

Please remember, it helps us considerably if you register before the day. Bring completed entry forms with you.

If you require additional forms these can either be photocopied or downloaded from this website.

Entry form will be on-line soon...


Graham Cooper
Lions Club of Fleet

Video taken at the 2010 event

Video taken at the 2009 event

The Classic Motorcycle Rally

The Classic Motorcycle Rally is an annual event held on May Day Bank Holiday Monday and previously held at the Victoria Road Car Park in Fleet, but being unable to secure the use of the car park in time to begin our preparations for the 2016 rally, we re-located to The Key car park and the Key Centre facility at Elvetham Heath in Fleet.  The event normally attracts well over 200 entrants with bikes ranging from the early 1900's to the later Classics, with condition varying from untouched original to gleaming concours restoration. Riders come from far and wide around the South East to take part, as it has become a well established event in the enthusiasts calendar.

So if you have been before but not for the last few years or a virgin in the classic bike world, come and join us for our 35th Run from the new venue.

Minor amendments to the start and finish of the Run Out have been made, but will re-join the much tried , tested and loved route that we have all ridden on for many years.

Get the bike out of the garage! Change the oil! Check the plugs! And give it a polish!, unless it is in the wonderful "as original" condition as Pete's bike below, then please don't show it the polishing rag it will have a heart attack!

Polished or not polished you are all cordially invited to attend the 35th Classic Motorcycle Run and Concours of the Lions Club of Fleet.

The only new part fitted is a spark plug! BSA Golden Flash

Riders arrive between 9:30am and 10:30am and enjoy a hearty breakfast made available by the Lions Club catering team and washed down with a Tea or Coffee. With the Run starting to leave at 11:00am.

Milling around having a chat and comparing notes,  Many riders and visitors meet up year after year at this event.  We are always pleased to see old friends and old bikes.

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You will certainly have a fascinating day, with some very rare and usual motorcycles and even one or two interesting riders! 

The Run will start  at the Key Car Park, Elevetham Heath, Fleet and after approximately one mile will follow the tried and tested marked route out to the Hampshire / Berkshire borders using good but not too busy roads. A lunch stop is made at the village of Sherfield-on-Loddon where the two adjacent pubs, the Four Horseshoes and The White Hart at Sherfield-on-Loddon will be waiting to welcome us. The Landladies Choice Trophy is judged at the Four Horseshoes pub, and afterwards, we return to Fleet on the second part of the run for judging the Concours, a good chat, the Raffle and prize giving of the other Concours classes. 

the troops are away Image 17 The fire brigade have nothing like this!

ROAD RUN for 2018
Start at - The Key car park, off A323 at Elvetham Heath, Fleet, Hampshire. GU51 1HA
Finish at - Same.
First Riders leave at 11:00 am. Please check in between 9:30 and 11:00am.
Road Run is approximately 46 miles. Route Cards, Numbers, and Badges etc will be issued on Registration at the start in the Car Park.
There will be no time checks or observed sections. Riders will be despatched at suitable intervals in order to avoid congestion.

Machines must comply with all legal requirements while participating in the Run.
Please return to the Start Car Park by 2:15pm. Concours Judging will start at 2:15pm. (Lack of participation in the Run will be taken into account). Trophies will be awarded at approximately 3:15pm.

ENTRY FEE for 2018

Entry 'on the day' is £9.50 . 

All riders receive an enamel commemorative badge to add to their collection.

(The Rally is run as a fundraising event for local charities. It is for this reason that we ask for an entry fee to cover the event costs, although these are kept as small as possible, whilst passing the maximum to the charities.  Your understanding, support and early entries are very much appreciated.)

Entry Classes:

Class A

Up to 1949

Dave Kent Shield

Class B

1950 - 1959

Ken Heanes Shield

Class C

1960 - 1969

North Hants Tyres Shield

Class D

1970 - 1979

Jack Cooper Shield

Class E

1980 - 1989

Classic Super Bikes Award

Also the following will be awarded:

Best in Show Challenge Cup

Cheney Racing Shield for Best Used Classic

Hart Motor Cycles Shield for Best Japanese Classic

The Landladies Choice,Four Horseshoes Trophy will be awarded at the Pub at the Lunchstop.

1st, 2nd and 3rd places in classes A - E receive a souvenir trophy.

Entry form will be on-line soon...

Please email Lion Graham Cooper for further information.

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