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Grab Yourself a Biking Bargain at Massive Stafford Motorcycle Show

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014

Grab Yourself a Biking Bargain at Massive Stafford Motorcycle Show

IT’S time to raid the change jar, empty the piggy bank and dig for coins behind the sofa as more than 500 traders make final preparations ahead of Staffordshire County Showground’s annual bike event. Taking place on October 18-19, the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show welcomes sellers of all the best bikes, biking bits, parts, pieces and accessories. Around 30,000 visitors are expected to descend on the venue throughout the weekend as bargain hunters from across the UK and beyond head for the heart of Staffordshire. Avid motorcycle restorer and top bike journalist Bertie Simmonds said: “The show is the highlight of the classic calendar and this year’s promises to be the biggest and best ever. “There’s a real buzz in and around the showground for the weekend as the great and good of motorcycling come together for two superb days showcasing all that is best about biking. “I for one will be searching for parts for my RD350R project in the autojumble stands; it really is amazing what you can find.” Along with the trade and jumble items available, the traditional Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale has a selection of lots creating wide-ranging interest in the motorcycle community with the auction house featuring a consignment of Barry Sheene memorabilia. British musician and Blur lead guitarist Graham Coxon has donated seven machines from his prize motorcycle collection to the sale also, with proceeds to benefit UK children’s charity the NSPCC. Coxon said: “These bikes have taken me on a lot of wonderful adventures up and down the country. “As a parent, it seems fitting that they should be sold to benefit the NSPCC’s important work in supporting and protecting children all over the UK.” Another highlight of the event is the appearance of a number of former race stars from across the generations. Frankie Chili, a Grand Prix and World Superbike star of the 1980s, 90s and 2000s is the show’s special guest of honour and he’ll be joined by Steve Plater, Jim Redman and Carl Fogarty who are all heading to Stafford in varying capacities. The venue’s main ring will see the introduction of parade laps for the first time and this will supplement row after row of display machines – one of the biggest gatherings of concours bikes anywhere in the world. There’s live action also in the form of trials demonstrations and the firing up of...

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Show Timetable – The 21st Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014

Saturday -October 18, 2014 09:00   Show opens 10:00   Bonhams sale open for viewing (open until 17:00)* 10:00   Owd Codgers Kick Start – at the side of the Dirt Bike Experience Hall 10:30   Owd Codgers Trials demonstration – at the side of the Dirt Bike Experience Hall 10.30   Cavalcade demonstration in the Main Arena with commentator Bertie Simmonds, editor of CMM 11:00   World Champion Frankie Chili on stage with Carl Fogarty  – Main Hall 11.30   Jim Redman meet and greet in the Foyer of Bingley Hall 12:00   Firing up the legends in the Classic Racer GP Paddock, with Frankie Chili signing autographs 13:00   Tim Britton, editor of Classic Dirt Bike, on stage with the off-road stars – Dirt Bike Experience Hall 13.00   Carl Fogarty on stage in the Main Hall with commentator Steve Plater 13:30   Owd Codgers Kick Start – at the side of the Dirt Bike Experience Hall 14:00   Owd Codgers Trials demonstration – at the side of the Dirt Bike Experience Hall 14.00   Jim Redman meet and greet in the Foyer of Bingley Hall 14.00   Honda CB1100R Owners club cheque presentation to the Joey Dunlop Foundation – GP Paddock, with Frankie Chili 14.30   Cavalcade demonstration in the Main Arena with commentator Bertie Simmonds, editor of CMM 15:00   Firing up the legends in the Classic Racer GP Paddock, with Frankie Chili signing autographs 16:00   World Champion Frankie Chili on stage – Main Hall 16.00   Jim Redman meet and greet in the Foyer of Bingley Hall 18.00   Halls close *Bonhams catalogue needed   Sunday – October 19, 2014 09:00   Show opens 09:00   Bonhams sale open for viewing* 10:00   Owd Codgers Kick Start – at the side of the Dirt Bike Experience Hall 10:30   Owd Codgers Trials demonstration – at the side of the Dirt Bike Experience Hall 10.30   Cavalcade demonstration in the Main Arena with commentator Bertie Simmonds, editor of CMM 11:00   Bonhams memorabilia and spares auction commences* 11:00   World Champion Frankie Chili on stage – Main Hall 11.30   Jim Redman meet and greet in the Foyer of Bingley Hall 12:00   Bonhams motorcycle auction commences* 12:00   Firing up the legends in the Classic Racer GP Paddock, with Frankie Chili signing autographs 13:00   Tim Britton, editor of Classic Dirt Bike, on stage with the off-road stars – Dirt Bike Experience Hall 13:30   Owd Codgers Kick Start – at the side of the Dirt Bike Experience Hall 14:00   Owd...

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Redman Gets on Board as Stafford Show’s List Grows

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014

Redman Gets on Board as Stafford Show’s List Grows

Four times Grand Prix World Champion and six times TT race winner Jim Redman has been added to the star-studded line up at Staffordshire County Showground’s annual motorcycle extravaganza. Redman, a recipient of an MBE for his achievements, will be signing autographs in the main hall at the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show which takes place this October 18-19. The former Honda rider joins the event’s special guest of honour Frankie Chili among the famous names in attendance along with compere Steve Plater and British legend Carl Fogarty; guest of the team on the Oily Rag stand. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “Jim is a fantastic character and we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming him to many of our events as a visitor. “We’re delighted that he’s going to meet-and-greet showgoers and add his name to the already excellent line-up of famous faces at one of the world’s biggest and best motorcycle weekends.” Redman will be in the foyer of the main hall on both days of the show at 11.30am, 2pm and 4pm. Advance tickets are on sale until 11.59pm on Tuesday, October 14, with a one-day adult ticket costing just £10 – a saving of more than 20% on the gate price. For more, visit classicbikeshows.com or call the ticket hotline on 01507...

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Proceeds of ‘Blur’ Guitarist’s Motorcycles to be Donated to the NSPCC at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Motorcycle Sale

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014

Proceeds of ‘Blur’ Guitarist’s Motorcycles  to be Donated to the NSPCC at Bonhams  Autumn Stafford Motorcycle Sale

Graham Coxon, British musician and lead guitarist for Blur, is donating seven of his prized motorcycles for sale through Bonhams auctioneers, with proceeds to benefit the UK’s leading children’s charity, the NSPCC. The motorcycles will be sold as part of Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale, an annual event taking place at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, held on 19th October 2014. The collection stretches across the past fifty years, from a 1962 Vespa 200CC VBB (£2,000-3,000), to a 2010 Honda CB1300 Super Four (£3,000-4000). Coxon commented: “These bikes have taken me on a lot of wonderful adventures up and down the country. As a parent, it seems fitting that they should be sold to benefit the NSPCC’s important work in supporting and protecting children all over the UK.” The star lot of the collection, a 1968 Triumph Trophy 650, was comprehensively restored by the Bike Shed M.S, and upon completion went on to win the ‘Best Classic’ award at the 2001 NCC South Cambridgeshire Custom Show. Coxon purchased the Trophy in October 2002, and has covered only a few hundred miles since. Described as in generally excellent condition, the Triumph is available to the highest bidder, with an estimate of £6,000-8,000. Paul Farthing, Director of Fundraising at the NSPCC, commented: “We are delighted that Graham has chosen the NSPCC to be the sole beneficiary of his exciting motorcycle auction. The money raised will help us to continue our vital work helping to protect children and prevent abuse through projects and services including ChildLine. On behalf of all the vulnerable children we work with, I would like to say a big thank you to Graham for his support.” Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles, said: “This is a great opportunity for fans of Graham and Blur, to not only take home an incredible piece of motorcycle machinery, but also know that the proceeds of the sale will go to a great deserving cause, the NSPCC. “With almost 300 lots including over 170 motorcycles, this year’s Stafford sale will offer something for every enthusiast, with this particular collection adding a great charitable donation to the sale.” The motorcycles featured in the Graham Coxon Collection include: 2004 Triumph Bonneville – estimated at £1,800-2,600 2002 BSA Regal Goldstar – estimated at £4,800-5,600 2010 Honda CB1300 Super Four – estimated at £3,000-4,000 2008 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom – estimated at £3,000-4,000 1968 Triumph Trophy...

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New For October’s Stafford Show

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014

New For October’s Stafford Show

Free show entrance to every cavalcade entry. Come and show off your bike with our new live cavalcade sessions. Parade your pride and joy. The cavalcade will take in the main ring and spectators will be able to smell and listen to these classic machines. These bikes don’t have to be in the pristine condition as that is required for the private entry.   The cavalcade will feature bikes from 1960 through to the present day, with one session on each morning and afternoon of the October 18-19 event. Guest commentator Bertie Simmonds, editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine, will be talking about the machines and their histories as they go on display. Nick Mowbray, exhibition manager, said: “Every year we look for new ways to enhance our events and adding this parade element to October’s Stafford show should certainly do that. “We expect to get some stunning and interesting bikes entered for visitors to get a glimpse of and it also provides an added extra for the many clubs and individuals who help us put together our inside concourse exhibitions.” Some details to take note of are: Entrants receive one event wristband and one event vehicle pass Entrants can apply for either Saturday or Sunday, or both days Machines on display inside the venue cannot be moved during the day and are not eligible to also be submitted to the cavalcade sessions Entrants must have their machine in place before the show opens at 9am and need to remain in place until the show closes at 6pm Saturday or 5pm Sunday Those interested in participating in the cavalcade sessions can download the entry form by CLICKING HERE or from classicbikeshows.com under the ‘Bookings’...

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Bonhams Offers the Best of Motorcycles Vintage and Modern at Autumn Stafford Sale

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Bonhams Offers the Best of Motorcycles  Vintage and Modern at Autumn Stafford Sale

An incredible selection of Pioneer, Vintage, Classic, Modern and Racing motorcycles are set to headline Bonhams annual Autumn Stafford Sale at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, held on 19th October 2014. Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles, said: “With almost 300 lots including over 180 motorcycles, this year’s Stafford sale will offer something for every enthusiast. We’ve an incredible selection of Italian, Japanese, British and American motorcycles, including pioneering pre-war machines, a wide range of vintage, and a selection of custom motorcycles appealing to the new generation of rider and collector.” The Mole Benn Collection The rare collection belonging to the late Maurice ‘Mole’ Benn includes several rare MV Agusta overhead-camshaft racing machines. Mole Benn was one of the first enthusiasts to tune and race BSA’s humble Bantam commuter bike in the 1950s, and is credited with lapping the Isle of Man TT course at over 70mph on one of his machines. Mole had a great passion for the MV Agusta marque. Seven of his personal MVs are to be featured in the Bonhams sale, the highlight of this selection being the ex-works 1954 125cc Bialbero (twin-cam) racer (£55,000-75,000). In addition, there are two 125cc  (single-cam) racers from the early 1950s (£40,000-50,000 each), a 1954 175cc Super Sport Competizione production racer (£12,000-16,000), a circa 1955 175cc Modello Sport racer (£3,000-5,000), a circa 1957 125cc Super Pullman (£1,500-2,000), and a 1953 125cc TEL (£1,000-1,500). The remaining machines include a 1913 NSU 6/7hp v-twin restoration project (£6,000-10,000), a 1986 Suzuki RG500 project (£3,500-4,500), and a 1951 Moto Guzzi 250cc Airone (£3,000-4,000). Japanese A private collection of 1970s and 80s motorcycles including several turbocharged examples is to be offered.  Heading the collection, the stunning 1975 Dresda-Honda (£8,000-12,000) that was offered as the prize in a Motor Cycle News ‘spot the ball’ competition in 1975 and, in more recent years, has won the ‘Best Chopper/Custom Bike’ award at the Ace Café ’70s Day. Whilst few machines can equal the Dresda’s technicolor paint scheme others surpass in terms of performance. The 1980’s war on sales took on a new dimension with the introduction of performance-boosting turbochargers. Honda took the lead with their 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo (£2,000-3,000) and shortly after, Suzuki’s 1983 XN85 Turbo (£3,000-4,000). By far the most successful of such machines was Kawasaki’s 1985 GPz750 Turbo (£5,500-6,500). Pioneer & Vintage For the enthusiast keen to experience the golden era of vintage motorcycling first hand, few machines encapsulate the period better than Triumph’s trusty...

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Legend of British Motorcycling Barry Sheene’s Memorabilia Collection to be Offered at Bonhams Sale

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014

Legend of British Motorcycling  Barry Sheene’s Memorabilia Collection  to be Offered at Bonhams Sale

As part of the 19th October Stafford Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Bonhams is to offer a selection of racewear, trophies and awards from the Barry Sheene Collection. Barry Sheene MBE was the iconic British pin-up of motorcycling throughout the 1970s, famed for his fearless speed chasing, World 500cc Championship wins, and on more than one occasion, cheating death after surviving several brutal racing accidents. Sheene’s racing career almost came to a catastrophic end when at the 1975 Daytona 200 he crashed at 175mph. Despite his injuries he went on to make a full recovery, racing again a mere few weeks later. In 1978 Sheene was awarded an MBE, where the Queen is said to have told him at his investiture: “Now you be careful, young man.” Sheene began racing motorcycles at the age of five and remains the last British racer to win a 500cc GP in 1981. Alongside characters like James Hunt, Sheene put the motor racing world in the headlines with his glamorous lifestyle, brave high speed racing skills, and inspired millions throughout his career which spanned from 1968 to 1984. Ben Walker, Bonhams Head of Motorcycles, said: “Barry Sheene was an icon of motorcycle racing, with a legend that continues today. We’re delighted to be able to offer this collection as part of our Stafford Sale – we expect many of his fans who witnessed his rise to fame would take great pride in owning a piece of his motor racing history.” The Barry Sheene Collection offered at Bonhams sale includes a race-worn Arai Helmet and Dainese leathers from Sheene’s Classic and Historic race meetings, trophies and awards from British and European races including some Grand Prix and International race events from Sheene’s Championship-winning years, and a selection of other motorcycle and motorsport racewear and memorabilia. Advance ticket details and further show information can be found at www.classicbikeshows.com, or by calling the Classic Bike Shows ticket hotline on 01507...

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Chili Set to Fire up The Fans at Stafford

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014

Chili Set to Fire up The Fans at Stafford

A WORLD superbike legend will add a bit of spice to proceedings this autumn as the red hot action of one of the world’s largest classic motorcycle events heads once again for Staffordshire County Showground. Frankie Chili, best remembered in the UK for his battles with rival Carl Fogarty, will be in attendance as the special guest of honour for the 21st Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on October 18-19 and he’ll be regaling showgoers with stories from a legendary career on track. Fogarty too will be in town on the Saturday of the event; the four times World Superbike champion will be stationed on the Oily Rag stand for the day. Bertie Simmonds, editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine, said: “Frankie’s incredible career stretches back into the 1980s and covers all the eras of machines and famous motorcycle names that are celebrated and showcased at the Stafford event. “Many will recall him winning the controversial 500cc race in Misano where wet conditions had meant other top riders refused to start and surely all will look back fondly at the passion and determination he displayed in the WSB races of the 1990s and early 2000s. “During that time he was a pace-setter among riders of a high-calibre; not just Foggy but also Aaron Slight, John Kocinski, Anthony Gobert and Simon Crafar.  “I have no doubt he’ll be a big hit and a popular draw; I for one am already looking forward to the third weekend in October.”  A new live element has been added to the show for 2014, with organiser Classic Bike Shows utilising the main ring at the venue to host parade sessions. Bikes from 1960 through to the present day have been sought out and, as they circle the display area, guest commentators will be talking about the history of each machine and the work that has been done to it. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “Our Stafford event is renowned for its collection of display machines which is one of the most extensive in the world. “Now, visitors will be able to see a handful of these machines in action and we expect this to be a welcome addition to our line-up.” Bonhams’ annual Autumn Stafford Sale will once again be taking place on the Sunday of the event, with viewing open on Saturday. The auction house will be hoping to repeat last year’s...

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