For the sixth consecutive year, Wakefield MAG hosted the Yorkshire MAG stand at the hugely popular West Yorkshire VJMC Japanese Bike Show, held on Sunday 24th July at Lotherton Hall . The West Yorkshire VJMC always seem to fall lucky with the weather for their show, this year being no exception.
As we have done for several years, we provided a good number of marshals (15) to help our good friends in the VJMC marshal their show, manning the entrance, exit and show gates, which frees up the VJMC guys to get on with the non-trivial task of running what is a large bike show / event.
In addition to marshalling the gates, we also manned our own stand, packed with MAG leaflets & literature, posters, flyers, copies of The Road magazine, information, products and quite a few freebies. Lots of people visited the MAG stand, showed a lot of interest in MAG & took lots of literature away with them. We renewed a MAG member on the day (who also made a voluntary donation to MAG in addition to his membership fee !!!), had several people committing to come along to branch meetings and sold a few branch products. A good result, and it was certainly worthwhile having a presence at the show.
The Japanese bike show attracted literally hundred's of quality bikes, making the judges job pretty much impossible, but they eventually came up with a shortlist of around 15 stunning bikes, with the prizes being awarded just before 3pm.
Once finished, the showground cleared out pretty quickly, and our exit gate marshals were kept busy right until 5pm.
All in all, it was great show, the MAG stand was busy all day and it was good to help out our good friends in the West Yorkshire Branch of the VJMC. We will find out later what the show made, but all indications are that it will have been very profitable (and all those proceeds are donated to local charities).
Finally, a huge thank you to all our fifteen volunteer marshals, who gave absolutely stirling service over the course of the day, as indeed, they always do !!!!!! Hip Hip .......