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Going for Gold

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

Going for Gold

The BSA Gold Star has been part of motorcycling folklore for the past eight decades, and at this year’s Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show the ‘Goldie’ will be celebrated in the Restoration Theatre. Expert hints and tips on all things restoration and maintenance will be on offer once again at the Carole Nash-sponsored Stafford show in April, with this year’s Restoration Theatre being run by the Gold Star Owners Club. The group’s technical officer John Luke will be offering invaluable advice applicable to a variety of makes and models during nine sessions over the weekend during which he will rebuild a BSA Gold Star DB32 Cafe Racer. During development of the Gold Star there was much speculation that BSA was readying for a return to the racing scene, but in fact the firm’s aim was to inject some glamour to its range and 80 years ago the Goldie entered the spotlight. In the years since its basic make-up it has never really changed – it’s a two-valve, air-cooled four-stroke single, of 500 or 350cc – and for successive generations it has never suffered from lack of public affection. That affection will surely be evident at Stafford as the thousands of visitors head to the Restoration Theatre to see the Gold Star in all its glory, and also explore the club stand in the Main Hall that will feature an impressive collection of Goldies. Gold Star owners club member Dave Hardman will also have his special Goldie on display on the club stand. Back in 2007 the Gold Star Owners Club put up a prize of £1000 to be awarded to the first 100mph lap during a completed race by a rider on an eligible Gold Star in the Manx GP. Dave Hardman, his bike and rider Phil McGurk took the challenge up and did the seemingly impossible by achieving a lap of the TT course at 101.030mph. Dave went to expert Phil Pearson to strip the engine after the previous year’s effort fell just short of the 100mph lap. Phil carried out work on the motor to withstand the four gruelling laps and two or three practice laps, some 250-plus miles at full race speed. This preparation brought success – although it was a joint effort that led to an achievement that had never been accomplished previously on a 500cc Goldie. Dave’s bike will be on the Gold...

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Our Winter Classic is one of the top 14 things to do this January!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016

Our Winter Classic is one of the top 14 things to do this January!

Holiday Lettings, a Trip Advisor company recently named as the number one travel blog in the UK, has put together a list of things to do to beat the January blues. This includes events from a bath tub race in Dorset to a Viking event in Shetland – and we’re incredibly proud to say our Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic show is ranked fourth out of hundreds of events happening across the UK next month! Read all about it...

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Win lunch with Steve Parrish!

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016

Win lunch with Steve Parrish!

Classic Bike Shows is offering the opportunity for you and a friend to win lunch with Steve Parrish at the 36th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show in April.  The lunch is planned for the Saturday of the show, but we will contact the winner to arrange the details once the competition has been...

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Bonhams Announces Rare £1 Million Single-Owner Collection

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015

Bonhams Announces Rare £1 Million Single-Owner Collection

IMAGE – This 1910 Pierce 688cc Four will be going under the hammer, estimate £60,000-£80,000 An incredible collection of 60 rare, mostly American, motorcycles will be put up for sale at Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford Sale, on October 17-18. “This is an incredibly rare find; 60 fantastic collectors’ motorcycles, all carefully stored in the Brescia based private museum of entrepreneur and CEO of the Santoni Group, Tiberio Lonati,” said Ben Walker, international director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles. “Mr. Lonati loved what motorcycles represent, ‘complete freedom’, the open road, something highly synonymous with US motorcycle marque, Harley-Davidson – which is perhaps why he had so many.” Stored in a huge private museum of motorcycles, the prized collection celebrates American marques from pivotal points in motorcycle history. Highlights include a 1910 Pierce 688cc Four, estimate £60,000-80,000, and a 1930 Indian 1,265cc Model 402 Four-cylinder Combination, estimate £40,000-50,000. The Lonati Collection began with Tiberio’s son, Francesco, who has a great love for motorcycles. With his enthusiasm for the machines, coupled with knowledge of his father’s likes, Francesco Davidson WLA, now offered at estimate £14,000-18,000. This first motorcycle ignited a passion, and soon Mr. Lonati expanded to a vast 60 motorcycle collection, all housed in a private museum at the Santoni factory in Brescia, Italy. The collection includes a variety of marques and models, including a 1916 Henderson 1000cc Model F, estimate £30,000-40,000, pre-war great the 1911 Flying Merkel 500cc ‘Racer’, estimate £16,000- £20,000, a 1920 Harley-Davidson Model J, estimate £18,000-£24,000, and at 100 years old, the 1915 Thor 1000cc Model U, estimate £28,000-£25,000. Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale takes place 17-18 October at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Staffordshire County Showground. The Lonati Collection will be sold on Saturday 17. For further information, visit Bonhams’ motorcycle department...

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