​​Bike Shed Barbecue

​​​Cool bikes, cars and plenty of people filled the Proper Bikes courtyard and a very chilled evening was enjoyed with the help of plenty of sofas, food, drink and seventies music.

With a combined effort from friends we had live music, a selection of freshly brewed beer from the neighbouring brewery and some fabulous food prepared by Julie Brace and cooked by Peter Mitchell-Davis.

The ambience was helped by the smattering of seventies superbikes and a few period bits and bobs such as the Bond Bug and the Raleigh Chopper.

Some arrived on classic bikes including Paul Scanlon with his perfect Z1A, Trevor Mersh with his stunning restored GT750A, James Harrington on his very original Z1B and Andrew Weight (A28 Classics) on an alluring Laverda SF750. It was also a great pleasure to welcome motorcycle writing dignitaries, John Naish, Chris Scott and Jim Patten.

The vibe was nicely helped by Gregg and Rachel Mays bright purple El Camino and Rob Beere's gorgeous Chevy stepside truck which he had bravely driven down from the Midlands on its maiden journey after restoration. Other classic four wheelers included Simon Welch's Jaguar E-Type, John Naishs Volvo P1800 and Rob Hogarths mint Honda NSX.

Proper Bikes first ever buyers were Kevin Earll (Kawasaki Z900) and Marc Earl (Honda CBX1000Z) and it is super satisfying to have become friends with both - and for them both to have come to the barbecue. After recently retiring from the banking world Marc has created Earl Classics specialising in seventies and eighties machines and he has more than thirty in stock now.

It was such a nice evening we wonder if it should become an annual fixture?