Kevin Robertson and his award-winning 1935 Excelsior Manxman 250, left. Right: Triumphs both old and new attracted a great deal of interest.

THE balmy weather at the beginning of this month contributed to a crowd of more than 10000 people visiting this year's 1000 Bike Show at Germiston High School.

This is believed to be the largest crowd in the 30-year history of the event, which was staged for the first time in the Carlton Centre, in the Johannesburg city centre, in 1983.

The annual event, organised by the Classic Motorcycle Club (CMC), featured more than 400 classic and modern motorcycles in a huge marquee - the biggest yet used for this event - and many more machines were exhibited in the outside area.

There were also more than 50 stalls adjacent to the marquee selling a wide variety of products, including motorcycle gear and accessories.

Many of the huge crowd of visitors also came on motorcycles or trikes, which provided an interesting show for enthusiasts. On Saturday the motorcycles overflowed onto the football field.

There was a wide variety of motorcycles on display in the covered area, ranging from the oldest machine in SA, Peter Hall's 1903 Buchet 500, to the latest models in the ever-expanding Triumph range, which made up a large display that was a mix of nostalgic old Triumphs and new machines.

Another veteran motorcycle of interest was a 1914 Humber 750 that has had three owners but has never been rebuilt. However, it had recently been fitted with a new wooden brake block for the rear wheel.

Retiring CMC chairman, Pierre Cronje, was particularly proud of his restored 1939 Triumph Speed Twin, which was placed second in the Post Vintage Class (up to 1945) and was also placed second in the Best Triumph category at its first appearance in a show.

However, one keen classic motorcyclist whose cup of success is overflowing this year is Kevin Robertson, winner of the DJ Rally staged between Durban and Johannesburg earlier this year.

Though a Velocette man, his multiple successes at the 1000 Bike Show came thanks to his immaculate 1935 Excelsior Manxman 250. It was judged to be Best Classic on Show, Best Post Vintage motorcycle (up to 1945) and Best Past Winner.

The focus was not only on the classic bikes as there was also a Concours d'Elegance competition for customised motorcycles on Saturday. Best on Show in this category was Jan Olivier's 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa.

Among the charities and organisations that benefited from the Classic Motorcycle Club's 1000 Bike Show this year were the SPCA, Germiston High School, Think Bike, Toy Run and Rotary.