In addition to all the shimmering chrome, rusty rats and blacked-out monsters on show, there were vendor stalls, axe throwing, food trucks and plenty of child-friendly attractions too - a perfect day out whether you went with the boys or with the family.
Me and a few mates rode down on the bikes and bumped into a fair few others we knew down there.
A good day, good ride, good company, good laughs and an awesome show.
And I may have gone home and searched eBay for a 60's Ford Econoline...
Some snaps from the day.
This week I nipped down to Rotherham to revisit Ricky Graham at the Boneyard.
His workshop has changed a fair bit in his first year.
Just like last time, we did a little Q&A, so here's the lowdown.
One year on for the Boneyard - what's changed?
I think the obvious thing to mention is the number of products I’m doing now. Going from a pair of tank lifts and a side mount to 50 products plus the custom bits. But also the attitude changing from being a hobby to a full blown business.
I see a lot of new equipment in here - what's the thing that's most making things easier for you?
Yeah, I don’t think you ever stop buying tools who ever you are. But to have the equipment to do the job yourself is a nice thing. I have some cool stuff I hardly use but the best thing I bought this year was my Lincoln electric mask - it gets used every day and makes life good.
What's your biggest selling product?
Boneyard has made its name on the side mounts so those are always in demand.
I have to keep them in stock now so they are now an off the shelf part.
Are you still using local suppliers and materials?
The steel and fasteners are from UK suppliers. Local laser cutters and powder coaters. The Lights and seats unfortunately aren’t. I’m always looking for UK alternatives, but they don’t exist as far as I’m aware.
Have you gone international yet? If not, do you want to?
So far I’ve shipped to Portugal, Italy, Finland and Sweden. I have no idea how that happened but I guess it’s a natural growth?
I know you stand by your products - what warranty do you give with your gear?
Officially there’s no warranty, and I don’t advertise any guarantees. But I have had issues with some of my parts and I think my customer service speaks for itself.
What new products are in the pipeline / what would you love to make?
Lots of things going on. Currently looking into full bash guards for the Sportsters and a few more triumph bits.
My Frame jig will be built up next month so we’ll see what comes off of that.
I know you've just launched a clothing line - tell me more.
Yeah sure, from day one I made the brand but never really built on it other than the website and social media names. So I just got to a stage where I needed to make a step forward regarding the image and name. A part of that was also sponsoring a DTRA rider. A local lad I’ve known for a while now and he wasn’t getting any support so we agreed on a little deal and it works for us both.
Future plans for the Boneyard?
Immediate Plan is to build some full bikes. Frames and more cool stuff. Just keep plodding on and see what happens.
I know you work full time as well as run the Boneyard and balance family time in there too - how'd you manage that?
Some people think I’m full time at boneyard. Well I am pretty much full time now but I also have another full time job and a 3 year old daughter to raise. Probably why I don’t ride as much as I should because I’m getting the orders out for everyone else.
That's it folks. Good to see a local business going from strength to strength. Let's hope the next year cracks on just as well.
Thanks for the chat Ricky - and the beer!
Check out the Boneyard HERE.
Today I jumped on the bike for a little blast up to Holmfirth to grab some breakfast with a few mates at The Carding Shed.
I'd passed the old Oil Can Cafe at the old Dobroyd Mills in Hepworth a few times in the past, but never had a chance to visit - so was looking forward to having a nosey at it's new home.
The Carding Shed sits in the old Washpit Mills and houses the Oil Can Cafe, IK Classics Garage Services and High Society classic clothing.
It's a mega mashup of all things cool, vintage, classic and retro. From the bikes and oil cans hanging from the ceiling to the cars parked right in the cafe itself.
I love a bit of classic rusty steel and this place is definitely right up my street.
After visiting the cafe and sampling the manly-named 'Mechanics Breakfast' served with a contradictory fine-china-cup of tea, we had a good gander at the displays. Historic bikes and cars (some for sale) sat next to a mock up workshop in the main hangar. A couple of nice Mustangs and a huge Lincoln sat side-by-side with a couple of Porsches, a classic MG, a classic Mini and a few other prestige motors. The corner was home to a few bikes - Lambretta, Triumph, Velocette, AJS and Norton standing in the ranks.
The vintage clothing store was tucked round the corner (at the side of the actual workshop) with a few more displays dotted around - complete with some pretty awesome race beasts.
A couple of vintage-styled gift stalls were set up nearby too.
The car park also held a few beauties. The Morgan crew were out in force as well as the scooter lads. We also spotted a very cool classic Jeep Cherokee Chief.
All in all, it's a very cool place and worthy of a visit. The food gets a thumbs-up too.
The Big One is an annual event where hundreds of Harley Davidson Sportster riders from all over the country get together for an amazing meet.
I started in Barnsley and steadily rode down, meeting more and more bikers on the way. I started the day riding solo, but by the last meeting spot I was lost in the mob of hundreds of bikes. I think we ended up with 650+ bikes riding the track at Donington - the majority of them being the humble little sporty.
We also had a special guest along for the ride. Holly Plant has been bravely battling breast cancer and wanted to tick a Harley ride off her bucket list. I think she did it in spectacular fashion!
Once again I want to shout out a massive thanks to James Bricknell and all the admin team that slogged behind the scenes to make this all possible. Also massive thanks to the staff at Donington and everyone else that participated to make this memorable day happen. You all rock.
As usual, I took too many snaps.
Here's a bit of vid too.
The new space looks amazing. Think of your typical TGI Friday decor, then add loads more stuff! There's moto memorabilia everywhere.
One of the first things you see when you enter is the converted VW Bus - now the coolest booth ever.
Moving on down, you can't miss the bar - fronted by a couple of lit-up VW bus front-ends and a motorcycle centre piece on the table behind!
Oh, and before that, there's a cool little 'Italian Job' snug complete with a couple of minis coming through the wall.
And if that wasn't enough - the rest of the place is covered in signs, keyrings, oil cans, car and bike parts, vintage bicycles, plaques, licence plates...
If it's cool - it's probably there on the wall somewhere!
Heading downstairs takes you to the bikes.
Lined up and ready for buyers, there's a pretty decent range to choose from.
Next to the sales office there's a little bike clothing section too.
The 'old' diner is also still downstairs. I believe that it will have limited opening times though - mainly weekends and periods where the upstairs is busy.
The far end of the downstairs section hides the rest of the treasures - in Jem's very own graffitied-up cobbled street!
The street is home to a micro pub, tattoo parlour, barber shop and a vintage/antique store. If that's not enough - there's a few e-bikes for sale down there too!
The new refit looks awesome - I can't explain how much I love it. It's deffo my cup of tea. But, there was a little bit of trouble in paradise. Before visiting, I'd popped online to check out a few reviews - and a common theme was problems with waiting time. And yep, we got that too. However, I'm gonna take this as teething problems (which is to be expected) and I'm sure it will work itself out.
I also stopped off on the way home to take a few snaps of my bike. First ride of the year and all that. Plus, I can't resist an old mill.