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FAN’S FAVOURITE RUTTER STARS AT JANUARY CLASSIC EVENT

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017

FAN’S FAVOURITE RUTTER STARS AT JANUARY CLASSIC EVENT

FEW motorcycle racers can boast a CV that comes close to that of Michael Rutter, Guest of Honour at the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic show. In a career which goes back to the early 1990’s, when a teenage Rutter took to the track following in his famous father Tony’s footsteps, Michael has amassed an amazing 14 North West 200 wins, an unequalled eight Macau victories and five Isle of Man TT wins. And he is still on winning form in the BSB Superstock class. Due to his laid back, modest approach to his sport Michael has always been a fan’s favourite and he is guaranteed to share some great stories, not just about his own career but what it was like growing up with a legendary racer for a father, during his stage appearances over the weekend of 6-7 January 2018. Exhibition Manager, Nick Mowbray said: “We’ve worked hard over the past five years to establish the Carole Nash Winter Classic as the official start to the classic year, and this year we’re really pulling out all the stops. Due to the high demand from clubs and trade alike, two new halls have been added, making the largest show in this fantastic event’s short History. We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!” Scooters and the scooter scene have always formed an important part of the show and for January 2018 the scooter halls will feature a Mods and Rockers theme. Classic Scooterist Magazine editor, Mau Spencer has helped to grow the niche area of the show, with plans to make 2018’s the most prolific yet: “If everything goes to plan, it looks like this could be the biggest and best Scooter World we’ve ever done. In a bid to keep things fresh, we’re changing the format slightly, adding various interactive attractions within (and outside) the halls to keep everyone entertained. I’m particularly looking forward to the new Mods & Rockers show theme, and would encourage as many people as possible to dig out the slick suits or scruffy leather jackets and join in on the fun!” The show is the perfect opportunity to explore hundreds of classic bikes on display, and offers the chance for restorers to pick up a brand new project to start for 2018, or find the parts and spares to complete a restoration and enjoy another year of motorcycling. As sponsors...

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KIWI AARON SLIGHT BRINGS THE SUN TO A PACKED STAFFORD CLASSIC BIKE SHOW

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017

KIWI AARON SLIGHT BRINGS THE SUN TO A PACKED STAFFORD CLASSIC BIKE SHOW

EX-WORLD Superbike star Aaron Slight showed that he really is ‘The People’s Champion’ as thousands of visitors packed into the huge annual event to meet their hero and take advantage of the autumn sun. Compere Steve Plater spoke to Slight about his career, life as a WSB rider and teased out some entertaining stories during on-stage interviews at the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show over the weekend of October 14-15. Also attracting a lot of attention were Barry Sheene’s two world championship-winning RG500s in the Suzuki Village at Staffordshire County Showground. These same bikes wowed the crowds when they were fired up in the Classic Racer GP Paddock on the Sunday, along with a handful of replica Aaron Slight Castrol Honda RC45s. And it was a Bridgestone which stole the headlines in the event awards, with Bill Millar’s rare 1967 Bridgestone 350 GTR – displayed in the private entries area – scooping the honour of Best in Show. The Bonhams’ auction autumn sale, another Stafford favourite, once again demonstrated the strength of the classic bike market as a 1914 Henderson 1068cc Model C Four sold for £113,500, contributing to a sale total of £2,752,416. Hundreds of trade stands did a roaring trade while enthusiasts enjoyed live action during the weekend from the GP Paddock, Classic Dirt Bike Experience and the Cavalcade. The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club also offered expert advice and entertained in the Restoration Theatre. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “It was superb weekend and we had great weather for the duration. Aaron Slight really caused a stir on the main stage and we saw long queues after each interview with people wanting to meet Aaron and have items signed. The quality of bikes on display was unprecedented and we would like to thank everyone for bringing their amazing machines along. “All in all the show has been an undoubted success, and we look forward to returning in April for yet another Stafford classic.” Events manager at Carole Nash, Kirsty Garner, said: “We were the proud sponsors of the 24th Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show. With surprisingly lovely weather for the time of year, this was a successful show for traders and visitors alike. Can’t wait to see you all again in April!” Two-wheel action returns to Staffordshire County Showground on April 21-22, 2018 for the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show. Details for that, and other events,...

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Suzuki Village at Stafford Classic Bike Show to display a whole host of rare machines

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017

Suzuki Village at Stafford Classic Bike Show to display a whole host of rare machines

VISITORS to the upcoming Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – October 14-15 – will have the opportunity to get up close to a variety of rare Suzukis, including the two RG500s which Barry Sheene powered to world championship success in 1976 and 1977. The iconic red, white and yellow machines will be joined by Kevin Schwantz’s 1993 championship-winning red and white RGV500 and Kenny Roberts Jr’s 2000 MotoGP World Championship-winning blue and yellow RGV500, all under one roof at the bumper annual event. Also appearing in the village will be owners’ clubs and a handful of selected traders selling parts and giving showgoers helpful advice on all Suzuki-based enquiries. Tim Davies, Suzuki marketing co-ordinator, said: “We’re incredibly excited to get back to this year’s Stafford show, and this year we will be bringing as many classic bikes and iconic race bikes as we can fit in the lorry! “It’s shaping up to be another great event, and we’re also looking forward to seeing the displays from the Kettle Club, the Suzuki Owners’ Club, the GT X7 Club, Air-Cooled Suzuki and Katana Club, and the guys from Robinsons Foundry. Plus, we’re excited to welcome Suzuki Performance Spares to the village area, too.” The line-up includes the Pepsi-coloured RGV500 ridden by Kevin Schwantz, which is regarded as the most iconic race bike ever, and many other rare Suzukis. The Suzuki Village sits within two jam-packed days at the annual Stafford event, which this year includes flying Kiwi Aaron Slight – undoubtedly the best rider never to win the World Superbike title –as guest of honour. On site will be nearly 1000 trade and autojumble stalls, the Classic Racer Grand Prix Paddock, unique Restoration Theatre and Classic Dirt Bike Hall. The Stafford Bonham’s auction has also become as traditional an October treat as the show itself and will once again be held on the Sunday. Tickets cost just £12 for adults, £11 for seniors or £3 for under-12s if bought in advance. Parking is free. To find out more or to book advance tickets go to www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com/october or call 01507...

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The Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show gears up for another huge turnout

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017

The Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show gears up for another huge turnout

It’s just over a month until the world’s biggest and best celebration of classic motorcycles comes to Staffordshire County Showground. The Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show takes place over the weekend of October 14-15 and it’s no exaggeration to say this year’s event may be the best ever. No Stafford show is complete without a great guest of honour and the Classic Mechanics Show is no exception, with flying Kiwi Aaron Slight – undoubtedly the best rider never to win the World Superbike title – taking centre stage. As fast and smooth on the track as he was flamboyant and controversial off it, and often sporting a multi-coloured Mohican haircut, Slight will have some entertaining tales to share with the Stafford audience. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “We are so excited to have Aaron Slight at this year’s Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show. With more than a decade racing in the World Superbike series, the New Zealander will have plenty of great races to draw from.” On site will be nearly 1000 trade and autojumble stalls, stunning club stands and private entries – the perfect place for any classic motorcycle fan to pick up that elusive part and meet thousands of other like-minded individuals. There will also be a Suzuki Village overflowing with famous race bikes produced by Suzuki over the years, including the 1976 and 1977 world championship winning RG500s rode by Barry Sheene. This year’s Classic Racer Grand Prix Paddock promises to be the best ever, with a stunning display of Honda RC45 race bikes. Guest of honour Aaron will be drawn to the display as a large part of his World Super Bike career was as a factory Honda rider on just such a machine. All of the RCs assembled have genuine racing history, including Jim Moodie’s TT record-breaking factory bike, and many of them will be fired up during the weekend. The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, the UK’s premier club for classic Japanese bikes, will be running the unique Restoration Theatre, sharing their combined years of knowledge and experience with visitors; not to be missed if you have an interest in restoring bikes. If it’s off-road bikes you’re after then check out the Classic Dirt Bike Hall, which will hold some of the tastiest off-road machinery available anywhere. The Stafford Bonham’s auction has become as traditional an October treat as the show itself and will...

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