East Midlands Visit Lincolnshire Aviation.
Thanks to James Davies who kindly organised a run out to the Lincolnshire Aviation Centre for the Honda East Midlands branch on Wednesday 16 August 2023.
As it was a midweek ride out (i.e. a workday for many) and as luck would have it a lovely summer day, our small but select group decided to meet at the Centre late afternoon, to enable those that wanted to be able to enjoy the early part of the day at the seaside.
The event is a twice yearly bike night organised by the Aviation Centre which included access to the museum and also to see the resident Lancaster taxying up.
Jim and I arrived around 16:45 and already the bikes were filing into the centre, we made it onto the third row and it was all extremely well organised and marshalled.
Not long after we were joined by Graham and Julie and Craig and Sally Beardsley. The bikes kept coming, at times queuing to get in, the atmosphere was great and eventually a total of 1750 bikes made it onto the areas in front of the museum buildings and surrounding grassed areas.
Food and drink was served at the many café outlets on the site and it was good to see so many people enjoying themselves in the sunshine.
Of course it goes without saying that the star of the show (followed very closely by all the fabulous motorcycles of course!) was the mighty Avro Lancaster which did the taxi run on the field in front of the parked bikes at 19:30.
The Lancaster is not yet airworthy but bike nights, like the one we attended, and other fundraising events are hopefully going to make this old bird fly once again.
For anyone who has not visited the Aviation Centre we would thoroughly recommend putting the bike nights into your diary, it’s definitely well worth a visit!