Sunday, 14 August 2022

Salvage fair returns for second year

A VINTAGE motorcycle worth £30,000 was among the goods on offer at the annual Salvo Fair at

A VINTAGE motorcycle worth £30,000 was among the goods on offer at the annual Salvo Fair at the Fawley Hill estate.

The 1937 BSA Gold Star was being sold by Dexter Price, from Gloucester. It has been in his family for 60 years, originally belonging to his father, and last year he used it to take his mother to her 88th birthday party.

Mr Price was one of more than 70 dealers from across Europe who were selling antique furniture, garden ornaments, vintage homeware and decorative items.

The fair, held at the home of Sir William and Lady McAlpine, ran from Friday to Sunday with trade days, sales to the public and an auction of railway memorabilia. Other goods included ornaments made from recycled plane parts and a large metal mural from Camden Lock, which was sold by the Architectural Forum in London.

Mr Price said: “They only made 230 of these motorcycles and this is one of just two unrestored models in the world. I’ve had quite a lot of interest in it and a few offers but I’ve turned them all down so far.”

David Palmer, who ran the DappR Aviation stand, added: “This is our second year and it’s always superb.

“The quality of the stallholders makes it something special. Everybody has good stuff and so the quality of people that come is superb as well.”

The fair, now in its 14th year and second at Fawley Hill, was celebrating women working with architectural antiques and reclaimed materials. 

Sir William offered rides on his steam train for visitors.

Organiser Thornton Kay said: “It feels to me like it was even better than last year.

“The McAlpines have been very supportive of salvage. They have lots on their estate with the railway and have supported Salvo since it started in the Nineties.

“We were very lucky with the weather. The rain held off for all three days and only started when we were packing up on Sunday night.”

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