Kent Hells Angels’ Family Yard Party
Back in the day, when BSH had only just begun to appear on the
shelves of newsagents, Kent Hells Angels’ annual custom show
was the premier custom event in the UK. Then the Bulldog Bash became
the main Hells Angel event, but the Kent Chapter stills put a show
on these days, albeit much smaller.
Known as the Family Yard Party, it takes place at Angel Farm at
the beginning of September. While the gates open for the party on
Friday evening and stay open until late on Sunday afternoon, the
main action takes place on the Saturday when the custom show takes
place on one side of the clubhouse and the kid’s activities
are going on, on the other. Keeping the two aspects of the party
makes great sense, the last thing you want at a custom bike show
is a youngster high on a sugar rush running into someone pride and
joy. The consequences for both really don’t bear thinking
A walk back through the clubhouse, stopping off for a quick beer,
and it was time to check out the diverse range of machines in the
custom show. Only problem was I got a bit distracted with the real
ale bar… when one bar simply isn’t enough, have two.
It’s a policy that works for me. With drink in hand, I then
had a quick wander around the traders offer their wares at the party,
which included the usual range of T-shirt and jewellery stalls,
and also a mobile tattoo studio and Maidstone Harley-Davidson bringing
a corporate feel to the event.
Shopping done, it was time to get to the point of being at the
show – the customs. The biggest surprise for me was the diversity
of the machinery entered. Alongside a mod scooter and a scooter
chop was a stock Gixxer. Don’t go thinking there weren’t
any real custom though as there were, of both the two and three-wheeled
variety, and for me it was a trike that was the star of the show.
Built around a VW flat-four engine and ‘box that had been
turned through 180 degrees, it was seriously cool. It would seem
I’m not the only one who felt that way about it as it took
the prize Best Trike for owner Brian.
Staying with the prize winners, Best Paint went to Mark for his
Monster Energy-themed Honda, while Illusion, a vivid pink scooter
chop, took Best Scooter for Steve, with Mike’s Pro Street
winning Best Bike.
Away from the prize giving, what was equally interesting was the
quality of the bikes parked outside the show area, many of which
wouldn’t have disgraced their owners if they’d been
entered – especially the ape hanger wearing V-Rod and turboed
Sportster. Maybe the owners’ll return this year for the seventh
Family Yard Party (2nd to 4th September) and bolster the numbers
in the show.
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