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I’m sure it was yesterday I was typing words about last year’s storming, perhaps it was, or perhaps it was around then that I last saw the sun. With the current climatic turmoil that is afoot we probably need to re-think the nouns we use to notate the seasons, er, ‘second summer’ , summer mkII (turbo), ’boutfukintimesummer’ or refer to the old favourite ‘Indian Summer’ described accurately by the NOAA’s National Weather Service Louisville, Kentucky as “An unseasonably warm period near the middle of autumn, usually following a substantial period of cool (read cold) weather” I’m sitting writing this with the the stove burning full tilt and the rain pishin’ down and drummin’ on the roof. Such has been the way of this year. The good news of course is that we set off for Stormin’ under a blue sky and a blazin’ sun… tanfastic… Stormin’ was to turn out to BE the summer… Will I say how good Stormin is or why it’s worth going ?… No, away and read the previous write ups.where I wax lyical in abundance and hence it requires no repetition… 🙂 I know why we go… so we went….. If you don’t have it installed, you’ll need to say ok to shockwave for this pic Upon arrival I sought out Lindy who was in Control, one might think that referred to the container office, but no, it would appear Lindy along with others was ‘in control’.. that observation was made predominantly on the amount that her radio was chirpin incessantly, indecipherable scratchy voices ssssskksst, toilets…sksst, someone wants to know….. sskkkst… huv ye got a…. skkst and so on….. In response to some moaning last year a Pooh Tsar had apparently been appointed, to ensure that the portaloos were maintained in a sumptious fashion befitting the needs of ‘some’ rally-goers these days, I remember when ‘making like a bear’ was your only option !, we are spoiled these days. A marshall also spent all weekend trundling around on a ‘telefork’ emptying bins and removing all the crap that folk leave at their arses.. In all a very tidy site where one could have a very comfortable……….. images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request Thursday evening Lindy and Andy introduce me to Chris Ireland, know otherwise to some of us of acertain age as the founder of Desprate Dan’s, builders of some obiquitous trikes et al which can be found in a leaf through the dusty boxes of old BSH/AWoL’s. The drinking began in earnest, then we stated using glasses. The BritChopper stall was being erected with the aid of some gaffa tape to protect it from the wind.. well a good try.. it lay in a heap in the morning. images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request .After a clear day it was gettin a bit parky late on, the invitation to return to warmth Lindy and Andy’s caravan with the added allure of Rick’s Potcheen was simply to much to resist. The Potcheen and Tank’s Jack the night dimmed and blurred into a blurry and slightly wobbly conversation-fest of which my recall is scant to say the least, I recall someone regailing stories of Penguins clearing minefields in the Falklands but then I may have just imagined that. Clearly I must have made it to my tent, I woke up in it in the morning, after a hearty breakfast of pine nuts, tofu flakes and virgin filtered dilberry juice I headed off for my daily five mile run….. eeeurgh.. then I woke up… what a nightmare… had I been reading the Guardian or something.. still pished.. reaching for the painkillers I poked the trangia into life, I need pig meat..now ! Still early doors folk were queueing up at the gate, no doubt the promise of good weather brought out many more than the 6odd thousand pre-books… images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request I sat on the wall with a mug of tea and a roll up and watched the bikes come forth. It’s quite fascinating to see an empty field fill up with tents and bikes in a manner which may someday be descibed using Chaos Theory or some Socioanthropologcal academic in a wieghty tome of a thesis.. In an empty field, some folk camp as close to the arena as possible, others as far away, some near the bogs, quite why this is their preference I can’t fathom and many just say fuck it and camp anywhere… These musings lasted for a whole mug of tea… images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request Next mission was to seek out Robbie and his promise to bring his latest mad creation… A old CB750sohc which he had fitted with a supercharger…, I make no secret that I’m a fan of Robbie’s creations, he just puts his mind to it and the lucky bastard lives near a scrappy that deals in catering/medical stainless steel scrap, hence the bikes are made out of…. scrap.. He annonced that he’d had some difficulties prior to the show as he’d blown the head gasket, nothing of course to do with him doing burn outs the night before… was it ??? 🙂 I found meself at the castle function room participating in some heinous game of re-arrange the chairs, orchestrated by Steve and Deb’s in preparation for the preview showings of the upcoming movie “Freebird”, a raging battle ensued with several bits of wire and PA systems which Deb’s bested in and the stage was set. I’ll witter on at length about the movie soon in another review… suffice to say it was feckin’ brilliant. I sat outside the castle and supped a few beers with John Ivay the film’s director along with Richard and Wendy to get the low down on the movie, as I said, I’ll make a big fuss of it later. images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request I made my way backstage to get some photos of Friday night’s bands, intending to catch ‘The Wildcats of Kilkenny’, I was however, hindered in this mission, not unpleasantly I may add as I bumped into various well and no so weel ken’t faces, of course I had to stop and drink a while, to be sociable. Eventually I stagged in the catch the last of “Sticky Fingers” whom I’ve seen before but never really paid attention to, I quite enjoyed what I heard of them, The Quireboys headlined Friday, I caught a few numbers until the beer-o-meter registered low….. I staggered off… next thing I know it’ll be morning.. . The ride out on Saturday was to Tanfield Railway to play ‘Fred Dibnah’ for free (with a wrist band) with some steam trains, the weather heralded a fine turn out, so much so that the front of the run lost the back almost from the get go.. :-), I think they all got there in the end.. images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request My only mission on saturday was not to take huge amounts of prescription painkillers and be late to partake in judging the Custom Show, I didn’t have any valid excuse this year as I didn’t have broken bones, and certainly didn’t want to give Blue the opporchancity of describing my flight there in some ornithological manner…. Tim, who arganises the show had a fine turnout of machines, many which I hadn’t seen around before, entry conditions were stated quite clearly this year, I suppose this may have deterred some people from entering, perhaps standard 1995 Triumphs 🙂 images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request This year there were 20 categories and 6 highly commendeds to judge, ‘kin ‘ell, Blue, Honda Eddie and mesel had our work cut out.. . The first thing that caught most people’s eye’s were Shaun Barley and Sandy’s mad HD thingies…. . every year some folk complain that bikes are brought in vans or trailered in, this does happen, but I have it on good authority that these are ridden, in fact they were leaving to ride to Austria right after Stormin’. I liked the wheelie bin trailer, environmentally friendly n’all that, eh ?, The pristine XS1b just took me back many, many, many (awright am no that old ffs!) years to nicking shotties on me mates brother’s XS1, fastest thing I’d ever ridden aka wobbled down the street on, well I was 15. images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request I spotted ‘The Changeling’, me ticker had a we flutter with memories, I knew Baz back in the early eighties when I lived in London, in the days of the 666 squadron, Baz, Frank Patron, Kev Costello were dispatchin’, Frank shared a flat with me, I won’t mention the smell of his socks though. Nor my other flatmate’s look on his face finding another flatmate, Yasmin and her girlfriend frolicking in the bath together, I think he had quite a sheltered upbringing. I recall Baz’s let’s cut up dustbin lids and put them on the wheels….. I may be wrong but Baz must’ve been right at the forefront of ‘Rat’ fashion that long ago… Ah memories, blurry and pharmaceutically charged as they were…… Eventually we agreed on winners and the rosette’s were pinned, the awards were presented outside this year for logistical reasons, next year Tim dinnae set up with the bikes running in front of the sun, played havoc wi me eyeballs lookin’ through the lens 🙂 images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request The big marquee hosted Skinflint, the Bandits, 6 or 12’s I’m not sure, and headlining were UFO, described as ‘true rock legends’, certainly much anticipated by the die hard fans pressed up against the barriers singing along with all the songs. From backstage it was pure Spinal Tap, no disrespect to the guys, they’re still up there doing it, but in true old school rock style the bass player could hardly stand, still managing to play even on his back, although getting up did appear to be presenting something of a challenge, they put on a fine show. images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request So, this year’s Stormin’ ?, Another damned good show chaps, hat’s off tae the Stormin committee and volunteer marshalls oh and of course the sun …. Till next year 🙂 Wods and Pics By Al images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request

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Best In Show Shaun Barley – HD Twin Cam

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Best Engineering Robbie – S/charged CB750

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Best Young Builder Tom Dunn – Kymco 125

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Best Streetfighter Joe Green – 1200 Bandit

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Best Scooter Peter Redford – Lambretta XS150

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Best Jap Chris Manning – XS650

Stormin The Castle 2007 - Custom Show Winners images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request Best Trike Vix, Courtesy of Gordon Exhibitors Choice & Custom Sandy - HD images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request Best Brightwork Andy Malham - Crossbow Best American (ahem Canadian) Johnny - 1942 Harley WL Best Chop Kinch - 1200 Sportster images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request Best Paintwork Chris Osborne - GSX1127 images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request Best Classic Glenn - Yamaha XS1B Best European Colin Graham - Benelli 750 sei Best Brit Wombat - Sunbeam images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request Best Rat Matt White (no, really !) - CBR1000 images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request images copyright - Bikers1.com - available on request Best Outfit Jason - BSA A10 Best Trike Jimbo - Z1100 Highly Commended's Steve Shaw - MGTF Knock - Goldwing Trike Andy Glover - Spondon Gixxer Panthershaun - Panther 650 Jon - HD 900 Sportster