The Colin Appleyard Motorcycles showroom in Keighley was transformed into a mini-auditorium on Friday 13th December for another highly popular ‘Evening With’ event. 180 people turned up on a cold winter’s night, on the run up to Xmas, to help raise a spectacular £3000 for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

The evening was a great opportunity for customers to hear from local biking heroes, enjoy pie and peas and a pint (for a small charity donation), check out the latest bikes and kit whilst chatting to the dealership staff in an informal setting.

Colin Appleyard customers have always been a diverse group of bikers with many Trials and Enduro fans amongst the road and track riders, so this ‘Evening With’ was one with a difference, as the stars of the show were local trails stars Dougie and John Lampkin. 12-time World Trials Champion Dougie and his cousin John, who imports Beta trials and enduro bikes, had the audience on tenterhooks all night with stories from their formative days on the Yorkshire moors, the legendary Martin Lampkin (Doug’s dad) and their trips around the world. Dougie joked that John couldn’t go any further in World Trials because he had never won the infamous ‘Scott’ trial!

The evening was expertly compered by Jack Appleyard, son of Robin, who these days lives in sunny Barcelona, working for Dorna in MotoGP! Talking of racing, the 2020 Integro Yamaha Appleyard Macadam riders Brad Jones and Rory Skinner were in attendance, taking to the stage to speak about the British Supersport Championship, and what they expect from the forthcoming season.

Hard Enduro ace Wayne Braybrook was also one of the guest speakers. Wayne broke off from setting out his local Enduro event ‘the Ballbreaker’. This brutal event involved many Colin Appleyard customers ‘enjoying’ this extreme RAW Events route, on their many Beta and Husky Enduro machines.

After a short interval the audience discovered if they had won one of the many raffle prizes on offer, before ten guests put their hands up to pay £150 each for a day of trials with Dougie and John, an experience that they will never forget! Robin then announced that any of the guests without trials bikes would be allowed the use of one of the machines from the shop for the day.

Big thanks to the Lampkins for giving up their time for that day free of charge also, so another big donation to the Hospice fund.

‘Doug’ then chatted with Jack about his record-breaking wheelie challenge around the Isle of Man TT course, explaining the epic training and mechanical hurdles they had to overcome. Amazing stuff to listen to because he admitted that he couldn’t properly wheelie a bike before!

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"It’s been another fantastic event which everyone seems to have thoroughly enjoyed, big thanks to everyone who came and the team here for giving up their time to set up and run the event. 180 people on a cold, night in December just before Christmas isn’t bad at all!

We’ve raised a lot of money for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and all learnt something new from our guest speakers, so all in all, a good do!"

Robin Appleyard

[Photos provided with thanks from Kerry Rawson Photography]