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Around 200 Honda Four fans on Saturday celebrated 50 years since the launch of the SOHC four-cylinder models at the David Silver Honda Collection museum in Leiston, Suffolk.

A large collection of models from the 1969/70s SOHC Four range, from CB350F through to the CB750F, arrived for the Best-in-Class contest, many ridden through torrential rain on Friday, along with many other Honda models for general display.

As well as the Best-in-Class contest the day was packed with entertainment with live music from London rock band The Maida Vales playing popular numbers from the 60s and 70s plus a Honda History Quiz to win a £100 parts voucher; a giant chocolate cake of a Honda CB750 engine (…formally cut by David Silver then enthusiastically shared by all visitors); free entry to the museum’s 200-plus classic bike displays; opportunity to chat with event sponsors Bonhams Auctions; Dream Machine Superpaint; and the Vintage Japanse Motorcycle Club (VMJ). The day also supported the East Anglian Air Ambulance which reported generous donations.

The special day was filmed and a movie will be available on the website soon.

The Best-in-Class Contest was judged by six industry specialists with the following overall winners collecting an engraved glass trophy and framed certificate:

- Best Honda CB350F sponsored by David Silver Spares Ltd. Winner - Timothy Cerillco, Suffolk

- Best Honda CB400F sponsored by Dream Machine Superpaint. Winner - Andy Murden, Derbyshire

- Best Honda CB500/550. Winner - Ron Tubby, Suffolk

- Best Honda CB750-K sponsored by Bonhams Auctions. Winner - Patrick Bullimore, London

- Best Honda CB750-F. Winner - Philip Field, Norfolk

- Best Honda Custom/Special sponsored by Winner - Bo-Goran Folke Fredin, Sweden

- Furthest Travelled Honda sponsored by Motocom. Winner - Stephen Taylor, Harrogate (251 miles)

- Highest Mileage Honda sponsored by Honda UK. Winner - Peter Scott, Hampshire (CB550F, 86,671*)

- Judges Favourite Honda sponsored by The VJMC. Winner - Bo-Goran Folke Fredin, Sweden


Winner of the Honda History Quiz (£100 David Silver Spares voucher) – Janet Havis, Lincolnshire