To celebrate Nottinghamshire Sporting Heritage Day on Saturday 30 September 2017, we held #RaleighRally, a fantastic gathering of vintage and veteran bikes in our Courtyard, focusing on local cycling heroes such as Reg Harris, Lloyd Binch and Raleigh UK.
All the photos from this fantastic event are in our Facebook photo album. We would love to see your photos so please continue to post them using the #RaleighRally tag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
We were so pleased that so many enthusiasts turned out in force with such a huge variety of very special bikes.
Some lovingly (and expensively) restored, some ridden every day and some very special newly acquired bikes, never before displayed to the public.
It was amazing to see so many children out and about on vintage and new bikes.
It was pretty special when vans turned up containing whole collections – one 7.5 tonne lorry had over 140 bikes inside! Bikes on roof racks, riders wearing vintage and period clothing. Lots of lycra, and lots of love for Raleigh.
We loved hearing your stories – how and who you acquired the bikes from, your time working for Raleigh on the production line, and how your parents never bought you a Chopper from the Littlewoods catalogue!
Huge thanks to Raleigh UK for supporting the event with their fantastic e-bikes and we were so pleased that so many of you were able to take their fleet on a test ride around the lake at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park.
Many thanks too to The Big Wheel, RideWise, and Alex and Graham the two ‘Dr Bike’ mechanics who offered riders quick fixes to their cycling niggles and free bike check-ups.
Huge thanks to Nottingham City Museums & Galleries Volunteering and the Curator of Industrial Heritage who pulled together a fantastic temporary exhibition within Nottingham Industrial Museum to celebrate Nottinghamshire’s local cycling heroes. This new display was a great accompaniment to our permanent static display of vintage cycles in our Transport Gallery.
Please tag yourself in the photos and continue to share your photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! Don’t forget to use the #RaleighRally tag!