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BBC Top Gear Stars Selling Their Bikes At Stafford Show

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015

BBC Top Gear Stars Selling Their Bikes At Stafford Show

TV stars James May and Richard Hammond will be selling motorcycles from their personal collections through Bonhams at the 35th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford on April 25-26. While their future as presenters of BBC’s Top Gear may be uncertain, the duo’s motorcycles are sure to attract a lot of attention. Among the eight machines being offered by May are a 2010 Yamaha SR400 ‘Grievous Angel’ by Deus Ex Machina, valued at between £8000 and £12,000, and a 1974 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E, which is expected to fetch between £2000 and £2400. Hammond, who’s selling four machines, is hoping for between £14,500 and £18,500 for his 2010 Norton Commando 961SE and £2500-£3500 for his 1975 FS1-E. “Just because I’m unemployed now doesn’t mean I have to get rid of everything,” said May. “I was going to sell these bikes anyway. And those paintings, and my collection of Scalextric cars. Honest.” Hammond added: “As a serious collector of motorcycles, it’s important to review one’s stable regularly, and the Bonhams Stafford sale is the ideal opportunity to move bikes on and possibly acquire new ones. I also have a canoe, and some Wharfedale hi-fi speakers, if anyone’s interested.” Ben Walker, Bonhams international head of motorcycles, said: “Jokes aside, James and Richard are offering for sale some great motorcycles from their collections, including examples of Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Norton – and we expect the collection to attract a lot of attention at the upcoming Spring Stafford Sale. “We’re delighted that they both elected to consign their collections with Bonhams Motorcycle Department, an agreement that originated many months ago”. The event takes place at Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford ST18 0BD. Appearing as guests of honour will be former motorcycle sport stars and leading industry figures Nick and Tony Jefferies. Members of Yorkshire’s first family of racing, the pair will also be bringing along two legendary TT-winning machines to display; the Honda RC30 ridden by Nick and the Triumph Rob North Triple ridden by Tony. The brothers will be presenting show awards, signing autographs and chatting on stage with industry favourite and fellow TT champion Steve Plater. Back at the event by popular demand is the Cavalcade, taking place in the showground’s main ring, which will see several wonderful examples of classic British and European machinery paraded for spectators and new for this year is live music in the venue’s...

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Top Gear Duo’s Bikes Go Under The Hammer At Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycle Sale

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015

Top Gear Duo’s Bikes Go Under The Hammer At  Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycle Sale

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale will include 12 motorcycles belonging to Richard Hammond and James May, former presenters of the popular motoring programme, Top Gear. May and Hammond discussed the sale of their respective motorcycles in their usual humorous manner: “Just because I’m unemployed now doesn’t mean I have to get rid of everything,” said May. “I was going to sell these bikes anyway. And those paintings, and my collection of Scalextric cars. Honest”. Hammond added: “As a serious collector of motorcycles, it’s important to review one’s stable regularly, and the Bonhams Stafford sale is the ideal opportunity to move bikes on and possibly acquire new ones. I also have a canoe, and some Wharfedale hi-fi speakers, if anyone’s interested”. Ben Walker, Bonhams International Head of Motorcycles, said: “Jokes aside, James and Richard are offering for sale some great motorcycles from their collections, including examples of Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Norton – and we expect the collection to attract a lot of attention at the upcoming Spring Stafford Sale. We’re delighted that they both elected to consign their collections with Bonhams Motorcycle Department, an agreement that originated many months ago”. The Hammond and May motorcycles featured in Bonhams Stafford Sale are: The property of James May: Lot 326: 1974 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E – £2,000-2,400 Lot 327: 1976 Suzuki AP50 E – £2,000-2,400 Lot 328: 1980 Ossa 250cc MAR Trials Motorcycle – £1,200-1,500 Lot 329: 1979 Suzuki TS250 – £800-1,200 Lot 330: 1973 Honda CD175 – £1,400-1,800 Lot 331: 1975 Honda CB200 – £1,500-1,800 Lot 332: 1971 Kawasaki 250cc A1 Samurai – £5,000-6,000 Lot 333: 2010 Yamaha SR400 ‘Grievous Angel’ by Deus Ex Machina – £8,000-12,000 The property of Richard Hammond: Lot 334: 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing – £4,000-6,000 Lot 335: 2010 Norton Commando 961SE – £14,500-18,500 Lot 336: 1970 Triton 500cc ‘Café Racer’ – £6,500-8,500 Lot 337: 1975 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E – £2,500-3,500 Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale takes place at the International Classic MotorCycle Show, Staffordshire County Showground on 26 April, 2015. Viewing 10:00-17:00 Saturday 25 April. For further information and a full lot listing visit:...

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West Country Winners

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015

West Country Winners

After months of preparation, hours of labour and those final few minutes of polishing, the bikes were in place and stands all ready to be inspected by our esteemed judging panel. CLUB WINNERS 1st Place – Rudge Enthusiasts Club 2nd Place – North Devon British Motorcycle Club 3rd Place – Gold Star Owners Clubs INDIVIDUAL WINNERS Best in Show – 1914 Sparkbrook Roadster from Dave Joyce Most Technical Interest – 1930 Rudge Cross from Cross Engineering Best Two-Stroke – 1958 Greeveo from Maurice Nicholco Best American Made Machine – 1941 Indian Scout from Mike Pavie Best Military Machine – 1954 Triumph TRW from David Waldron Best Scooter – 1962 Lambretta TV from Desmond Coleo Best Cyclemotor / Autocycle – 1947 Excelsior Autobyk from Geoffrey Newbury Best Moped / Sports Moped – 1973 Garelli Tiger Cross from Jon Carter Best Non-Standard / Non-Production – 1955 BSA Goldstar from Roger Newman Best Veteran – 1914 Ariel Roadster from Rodney Hann Best 3 Wheeler / Sidecar – 1961 Lambretta Lambeo from Laura Shakespeare and Ian Jackson Best Road Racing Machine – 1931 Velocette from Ivan Rhodes Best Competition (Trials and Scrambles) – 1958 Greeveo BGSNSU from Barry Keymer Best Competition (Other) – Les Jawa Jap from Darren Harris Best Un-Restored – 1926 Royal Enfield from Suzi Colson Best Honda – 1984 Honda Goldwing from Peter Rakestow Best Trade Entry – National Motorcycle Museum Jeff Clew Endeavor Award – Bristol Norton Owners Club Vintage 1st Place – 1927 AJS H6 from Alan Smith 2nd Place – 1924 Rudge 4 from Mike Wild 3rd Place – 1929 Royal Enfield from Ray Poynting Pre-War 1st Place – 1938 AJS Silverstreak from Richard Gardiner 2nd Place – 1937 Rudge Ulster from Peter Chacy 3rd Place – 1937 New Imperial from Bill Martin Post-War 1st Place – 1956 Douglas Dragonfly from Andy Powell 2nd Place – 1970 Itahjet Griffon from Roger Chapman 3rd Place – 1958 Norton Dominator from Ron Jennings Continental 1st Place – Laverda Montjvic from Nick McCarthy 2nd Place – 1980 Ducati MHR from Andy Watkins 3rd Place – 1974 Benelli Tornado from Dai Garland Modern 1st Place – 2012 Honda Goldwing from Bill Plenty 2nd Place – 1993 Harris Magnum from John Reeves 3rd Place – 1982 Suzuki GSX from D. Smith Private Entry 1st Place – 1956 TWR Cornet from Geoff Warr 2nd Place – 1960 Cotton Corsaire from Paul Gollings 3rd...

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Scooter Winners Chosen at Newark

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015

Scooter Winners Chosen at Newark

Day one of the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic saw the motorcycle winners being chosen and on day two – Sunday, January 4 – it was the turn of the scooters to be subjected to the judges as the event’s winners in the Scooter World Hall were announced. Top prize of Best Scooter in Show went to Karl Quance’s Maroon Machine, a Lambretta Jet 200 (pictured). The show’s other awards are: Best Scooter Display Eddy Grimstead Hurricane Vespa SS180 Dave Thorne Best Custom Scooter ‘Unleashed’ Vespa P200e Nev Shooter Best Lambretta Lambretta Li SII Mick Dring Best Vespa Vespa 50N Andy Butler Best Street Racer Lambretta GP225 Peter Bourne Farther Travelled Scooter Lambretta Li 225 Steve Clarke Best Original Looking Scooter Vespa Continental Pete Burley Best Other BSA Sunbeam ‘Trials’ John...

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Steve Plater And John Reynolds

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015

Steve Plater And John Reynolds

Yesterday afternoon – Saturday, January 3 – TV presenter Steve Plater sat down with three times British Superbike champion John Reynolds to talk about the latter’s life and racing career. Here are some of the highlights in quotes from the 40 minute interview… JR: “Riding the Ducati on my return to the BSB championship was fantastic. When we got it right, what a bike that was!” JR: “Winning the World Superbike race at Brands Hatch was certainly one of my career highlights, perhaps the best of the lot.” JR: “I only made one mistake in that WSB race weekend… slipping on Champagne up on the podium and falling on my backside!” JR: “2001 was a superb year. When Steve Hislop got it right, he was one of the best in the world. It was a great battle. Winning the championship by default wasn’t an easy experience. When I saw Steve in hospital he told me to go and win the last two rounds.” JR: “When I first rode the GSXR I really struggled. It’s all about developing over time and finding what works for you, the rider.” JR: “I wanted to win races for the team and everyone who worked hard on the bike.” JR: “My current role with Suzuki involves a lot of test riding but I also work in PR and branding. Teams have to be successful commercially to be successful on the track.” JR: “I do a lot of mountain biking these days, it keeps me occupied and entertained.” JR: “I have a few favourite achievements – the title wins and the WSB win at Brands Hatch come straight to mind. I had a race in 2003 that I lost to Shakey when we overtook each other on nearly every corner of the last lap. It stands out as being my most memorable race.” JR: “I wish I’d kept the Velocette I first started on. I never thought about putting it in my contract to keep the bikes!” JR: “I’ve done a few parade laps at various events… they’re very competitive! Once a racer, always a racer.” John was talking to Steve Plater as part of his role as the guest of honour at the January 3-4 Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic at Newark Showground. You can read more about his career in our In The Spotlight profile.      ...

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Newark Winners Announced

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015

Newark Winners Announced

As proceedings draw to a close on the first day of the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic at Newark Showground, the organising team has announced the winners of the event’s awards. Top honour of Best in Show has gone to Andy Baldwin and his 1969 Suzuki T200 (pictured) which is on display on the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club stand. James Robinson, classic motorcycle magazine editor and part of the judging panel, said: “There are some stunning examples here at Newark across a variety of makes, models and eras.  “Choosing winners was difficult and narrowing that down to one Best in Show machine was even more so but we feel that we’ve picked a very worthy champion.”  There is also glory for the UK 2 Stroke Club which picks up the title of Best Club Stand. The various awards, trophies, prizes and rosettes will be presented on the show’s second day – Sunday, January 4 – by its special guest of honour John Reynolds. Full list of winners from the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic: Best in Show  1969 Suzuki T200 Andy Baldwin Most Technical Interest Suzuki Special Jeff Elliot Best Vintage 1911 Sun Precision TT Bryan Lingard Best Pre-War 1926 Royal Enfield Ladies Ken Thirtle Best Post-War 1972 Moto Guzzi V700 John Fairclough Best Continental 1956 Beta Mondial Steve Wood Best Vintage Japanese 1960 Suzuki MA50 Heidi Cockerton Best Modern Suzuki RGV250 Private Entry – First Place 1977 Triumph Trident Graham Holloway Private Entry – Second Place 1958 Parilla Slughi David Johnston Best Private Entry – Third Place 1985 Yamaha RD500 Gary Kendrick Best Competition (Trials and Scrambles) 1989 Mecatecno Skywalker Mark Kremin Best Competition (Any other type) 1981 Harris Suzuki XR69 Tim Horton Best Un-restored 1934 Gilera VC David Boarer Best Restoration 1968 Suzuki TC200 Matthew Johnston Best Paint Job 1971 Indian Velocette Rob Drury Best Trade Entry Honda CR750 Chris Hall Motorcycles Best Club Stand UK 2 Stoke Club Best Club Stand – Second Place Goldstar Owners Club Best Club Stand – Third Place Italian Motorcycle Owners...

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Spotted At Newark: Henry Cole

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015

Spotted At Newark: Henry Cole

The Classic Bike Shows team is getting somewhat accustomed to celebrity encounters at its events and the latest date at Newark Showground has been no exception with an appearance from TV personality Henry Cole at the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic. The Motorbike Show presenter was spotted on the Straightliners Events stand where he is displaying a 1994 Gladstone Triumph 3HW – a machine that broke the British sprint record in August 2014 at 88.8mph. The bike will be going to Bonneville this year with the world land speed record in its sights. Henry was even kind enough to pose for a picture and there was talk of a few more visits to Classic Bike Shows events throughout...

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It’s Newark Showtime!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015

It’s Newark Showtime!

It’s been a busy set up day for the Classic Bike Shows team as final preparations are made for this weekend’s event at Newark Showground – the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic. Taking place on both Saturday and Sunday – January 3-4 – the show features halls packed with traders and autojumble stands, display machines, a dedicated Scooter Hall and appearances from triple British Superbike champ John Reynolds. Full details including directions, opening times and ticket prices can be found on the event page. The action gets under way at 9am tomorrow morning, we hope to see you...

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