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In The Spotlight: John Reynolds

Posted by on Dec 27, 2014

In The Spotlight: John Reynolds

The Classic Bike Shows calendar gets underway early in 2015 with Newark Showground hosting the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic on the weekend of January 3-4. One of the event’s main highlights is the attendance of triple British Superbike champ John Reynolds as special guest of honour. Malc Wheeler, editor of Classic Racer magazine and a former TT competitor, has profiled the man he describes as ‘one of the nicest guys in racing’: Most people forget, or don’t know, that John started his hugely successful race career in vintage events on a Velocette prepared by his father. From that humble beginning, John got a break and, after capturing his first BSB title in 1992, domestic success led him into Grand Prix racing on Padgett’s Harris Yamaha where he took eight top 10 finishes over two seasons. John then joined Revé Kawasaki in the World Superbikes for 1995, securing podiums at Brands Hatch and Assen on the way to a 10th place finish. He finished 12th overall in 1996. Although he never competed in a full season of international racing again, he maintained a strong record as an occasional rider and won the Brands Hatch race in 2000. In 1997, John returned to Revé – which was now running Ducatis – for the reformed BSB series and found immediate success. He finished in the top five of the championship each year between 1997 and 2000 taking a total of 13 race wins. The dominant riders at the start of the new century, together with John, were Neil Hodgson and Chris Walker. With the latter pair having moved on, the stage was set for John to duel with Steve Hislop and his second BSB championship was captured in 2001. In 2002 he moved to Suzuki’s new 1000cc four-cylinder bike, taking a win and six further podiums en route to sixth place overall. 2003 saw John finish second in the title race, although he was the fastest competitor overall and then, after a run of 11 consecutive podiums, he was crowned champion for a third time in 2004. John retired at the end of 2005 after a huge accident in the final round of the BSB season and retired shortly after. He has since retained his links with Suzuki and has a background role with the manufacturer’s MotoGP team. *John will be interviewed on stage on both days of the January...

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East Midlands Venue Leading The Charge For Bike Shows

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014

East Midlands Venue Leading The Charge For Bike Shows

NEWARK SHOWGROUND is set to host 11 motorcycle related events in 2015 making it one of the country’s leading venues for two-wheeled exhibitions. The series gets under way early in the New Year with the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic over the weekend of January 3-4, followed by 10 large one day autojumbles taking place on selected Sundays which cover nearly all modes of road transport. Nick Mowbray, exhibition manager for the events, said: “With the showground lying close to the border between Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, many enthusiasts will visit from across the region with the two counties having an affinity for all things two wheeled. “Whether it’s the close proximity of several racetracks, the history of motorcycle manufacturing in the area or the ideal riding roads, there is an abundance of motorcyclists and it’s demonstrated by how many of them make the regular trip to Newark Showground to get their fix of all things two-wheeled.” The popularity that bikes enjoy might also be linked to the number of racing stars that hail from the area, one of whom – John Reynolds – is the special guest of honour for Newark’s January show. Born in Nottinghamshire, Reynolds is a three times British Superbike Champion – winning the title in 1992, 2001 and 2004 – and he also found success in global events with World Superbike podiums at Brands Hatch and Assen. As well as hearing Reynolds share stories from his career, visitors can stock up on parts pieces and tools from a variety of trade and jumble stands and examine a host of stunning machines exhibited by clubs and private entrants. In addition to its motorcycle, events Newark Showground also hosts a variety of motoring, transport and engineering events throughout the year and details can be found on the venue’s website – www.newarkshowground.com For further information about The Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic, including ticket buying options, visit www.classicbikeshows.com or call 01507...

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Check Out The Scoots At Newark

Posted by on Dec 20, 2014

Check Out The Scoots At Newark

The popular Scooter World Hall is all set for another year of action at the opening classic bike event of 2015, taking place on the weekend of January 3-4 at Newark Showground. The Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic celebrates two-wheel transport of all varieties… but an entire hall dedicated to the best classic and custom scoots has already become somewhat of a tradition and it showcases the ingenuity and engineering expertise incorporated into these machines. Following on from the success of previous shows, both Saturday and Sunday will feature Club Talk, with compere Gary Thomas leading proceedings at 11am and 3pm to get the lowdown on the scooter scene. A selection of scooters will be fired up at 1pm on each day too. Alongside the attendance of the region’s top clubs, Just Lambrettas, Midlands Scooter Centre, Shaw-fire Scooter Spares and Scooter Hub are confirmed traders – meaning that owners and enthusiasts can stock up on bargain items as well as enjoying the entertainment on offer. The action doesn’t end when the show gates close either. On Saturday night, Scooter World will be providing live music in the form of local band Then Again and DJ Martin; an event free for exhibitors and just £5 for everyone else. Concluding the action on Sunday will be the show’s scooter awards ceremony, with prizes and trophies up for grabs including Best In Show and Best Club Stand. And showgoers will find more indoor halls at the venue housing motorcycle traders, clubs and display machines as well as the event’s special guest of honour – three times British Superbike champion John Reynolds. The Nottinghamshire native will be chatting on stage about his racing career. Booking in advance means a saving of more than 20% on the gate price, with a one day adult ticket costing just £7. Under 12s are admitted free and parking doesn’t cost either. All the show details, including links to purchase discounted pre-booked tickets, can be found at classicbikeshows.com or by calling 01507...

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Bristol Classic Motorcycle Auction Taking Shape

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014

Bristol Classic Motorcycle Auction Taking Shape

WITH classic motorcycles now enjoying tremendous popularity, one of the UK’s leading bike events is branching out as it gets set to host a new classic auction in 2015.  The Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show, taking place on the weekend of February 7-8 at Somerset’s Royal Bath & West, will feature a sale from Charterhouse and organisers anticipate a high attendance given the current boom in the market. Nick Mowbray, exhibition manager, said: “Whether it’s increased exposure on TV through, among others, the Motorbike Show or classy advertising campaigns featuring a certain ex-footballer by the name of David, classic bikes are in vogue right now and they are being bought and sold in big numbers.  “Combine this momentum with Charterhouse’s experience of running motoring sales, particularly at the Royal Bath & West, and we believe this joint venture at our Bristol show is a perfect fit and a natural ‘next step’ for an event that many deem to be their favourite of the year.” Viewing of the auction lots will be open to showgoers on Saturday, February 7, at no additional charge on the price of entry. Admission to the Sunday sale* is by catalogue only and will cost £10, a fee that covers two people. Classic machines of all ages, makes and models are being welcomed, from pioneer bikes of the early 1900s through to the modern classics of the late 1980s. The variety of machines on offer is evident already with confirmed lots including a 1961 Velocette Venom and a 1987 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail trike estimated at £5500-£6500 and £7500-£8500 respectively. The event itself will feature its usual collection of stunning classic machines exhibited by both individuals and the region’s top motorcycle clubs; the efforts that club members go to in creating fun displays having become a traditional element of the show. A range of trade stands and bike jumble will also be housed in the venue’s indoor halls giving owners, restorers and riders the chance to get kitted out for 2015. For more information on the event, including ticket buying details, visit the event’s page or call the ticket hotline on 01507 529529.   *Anyone interested in selling at the auction should contact Matthew Whitney at mw@charterhouse.com or by calling 01935 812277. Further auction details, including previews of lots, can be found on Charterhouse’s website. There is an entry fee of £60 plus VAT per motorcycle,...

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New Year, New Start, Newark Bike Show

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014

New Year, New Start, Newark Bike Show

MOTORCYCLE enthusiasts will be given an early chance to set themselves and their machines up for 2015’s riding as Newark Showground once again hosts its now traditional New Year motorcycle event. Taking place on the weekend of January 3-4, the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic features trade stands and autojumble stalls throughout the venue’s halls offering all manner of parts, pieces, tool and accessories. Harry Leyland, the event’s organiser, said: “This show has grown in popularity each and every year and 2015’s running is sure to provide much of the same excitement. “The timing of the show is ideal for both visitors and traders as attention turns to ensuring machines are fit and firing for the year ahead. “With adult tickets starting at just £7 and under-12s admitted free, the post-Christmas bank balance doesn’t need to take a beating either.” Providing the entertainment will be three times British Superbike champion John Reynolds, with the former Suzuki man sharing stories from his glittering career on stage with commentator Steve Plater. Reynolds, who hails from Nottinghamshire, will also be signing autographs and presenting awards. Malcolm Wheeler, editor of Classic Racer magazine, said: “When you look at John’s career and the success he enjoyed over so many years, his record is up there with some of the best that Britain has ever seen. “He competed against and conquered some of the top names in the business – any man who can count Neil Hodgson, Steve Hislop and Michael Rutter among his main rivals was clearly doing something right. “John will surely have many fascinating stories to tell and visitors who come to hear them will not be disappointed.” Hundreds of stunning display machines, provided by private entrants and some of the region’s top motorcycle clubs, complete the line up alongside the popular Scooter Hall which will showcase the best classic scooters in the UK. Discount advance tickets for the show are now on sale...

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F1 Star Joins The Crowd For Bumper Stafford

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014

F1 Star Joins The Crowd For Bumper Stafford

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts left Staffordshire County Showground happy this past weekend and among them was four times Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull Racing and soon to be Ferrari driver, well known for his love of classic motorcycles, made an unannounced stop at the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on Sunday to bid on items in the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale. Nick Mowbray, exhibition manager for the event’s organiser, said: “The classic scene is alive and well across the world and it’s superb to see it come to life once again at another successful Stafford show. “Well-known stars such as Sebastian and David Beckham are, among others, raising the profile of classic biking in the mainstream and more and more people are getting involved. “It’s a cool thing to be a part of right now and that has to be of great benefit to everyone involved.” The main highlights of the October 18-19 event included special appearances from a number of motorcycle legends. Pierfrancesco Chili, the show’s star guest, was joined by four times British World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty, and the two shared stories from careers that saw them battle each other both on and off the track. Chili, known as Frankie to his legions of fans, spoke of his enjoyment about coming to the UK: “It was in England that I was first given the name Frankie and I put it on my leathers straight away… I loved it! “I’ve always felt a special connection with the British fans and it’s such a fantastic experience to come to the show and meet everyone.” The traditional auction from Bonhams provided its usual excitement with a series of stunning lots that generated total sales that topped the £1 million mark. A 1914 Flying Merkel 998cc V-Twin winged its way to the sale top spot, achieving £104,540 while bidding on a 1913 BSA 4¼hp owned by the same family since 1958 rose to nearly three times its top estimate with the hammer finally falling at £20,700. Graham Coxon, lead guitarist with iconic Britpop band Blur, had seven machines in the auction for sale which generated just short of £25,000. The proceeds will now be donated to the NSPCC, as announced by Coxon before the sale. A number of items of Barry Sheene memorabilia also sparked excited bidding, with particular attention on racing gear worn by...

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Honda 125cc Clubman’s Racer

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014

Honda 125cc Clubman’s Racer

This little Honda really is something special. This machine is based primarily on a 1970 Honda SS125. As it transpires, the only true SS125 components that remain on this machine are the crankcases, but that makes it no less exceptional. The bike features a genuine NOS CR93 chassis as well as CR93 hubs, rims and a swinging-arm, all of which were sourced from Japan. The intention with this little monster was not to build a “race replica” as such, but more a specifically tailored race bike that fits its owner like a glove. The engine was rebuilt with Honda’s CB125K3 crankshaft playing an integral role alongside the cylinder head, pistons and five-speed gearbox from that same engine. This punchy little four-stroke twin can kick out more power than the standard CB125K3 engine can due to its intelligent...

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The judges have spoken…

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014

The judges have spoken…

After hours of deliberation from the judges, and months (if not years!) of hard work and dedication from the entrants, the decisions have been made and the results of the awards for the 21st Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show are now in… Best in Show 1966 Kawasaki B8-T | Steve Thomas Machine of Most Technical Interest Seeley Moto Guzzi Dondolion Corsa | Graham Hemshall Pre 1960’s Bike 1st – 1956 Velocette Viper | Carol French 2nd – 1925 Ner-a-Car Model C | John Phyzackley 3rd – 1955 Benelli Spring Lasting | Steve Wood 1960’s Bike 1st – 1968 Yamaha YR2C | George Staples 2nd – 1961 Norman B4 Sport | Graham Nook 3rd – 1961 Triumph T120R Production Racer | Lloyd Dickinson 1970’s Bike 1st – 1971 Kawasaki H1A | Steve Thomas 2nd – 1975 Kawasaki Z1B | Dave Orritt 3rd – 1972 Kawasaki S1 | Simon Lister 1980’s Bike 1st – 1980 Yamaha RD400F | Steve Nash 2nd – 1983 Yamaha RD350 YPVS | Grant Jeffrey 3rd – 1981 Yamaha RD350 LC | Paul Halliday Classic Racer – Grand Prix Display Honda HRC | Rich Grantham Classic Racer – Best Racing Machine (Perpetual) 1973 Yamaha TZ350A | Malcolm Potter Best Trade Stand Wemoto.com Best Japanese Bike 1960 Suzuki Colleda MA50 | Heidi Cockerton Best British Bike 1968 Triumph TR6C | Noah Fernon and Graham Bowen Best Continental Bike 1958 Bianchi Bernina VL | Chris Hurst Best Off-Road Bike 1980 Yamaha XT500 | Andy Titteron Best Street Special 1991 Yamaha RD350 YPVS | Chris Collins Most Original Bike 1981 Yamaha XS650 | Bob Gowman Best Costume Was Jackets Cleaned Future Classic of the Year 2007 Moto Guzzi Griso | Neil Branham Best Competition Machine Ken Ives’ Honda S90 Trials | B&S Motorcycles Best Scrambler Machine  1968 Cheney BSA Victor | Roger Simkin Best Trials Machine 1989 Mecha Techno Sky Walker | Mark Kremin Best Enduro/Trials Machine 1979 Yamaha DT175 | J McDermott Best Rotary (Perpetual) 1975 Suzuki RE5M | Les Bensley The Rising Sun Award (Perpetual) 1972 Indian JC53 | Jared Davies Best Yamaha in Show 1984 Yamaha FJ1100 | Mike Baker Best Local Club Stand Acorns Motorcycle Club Best Mixed Make Club Italian Motorcycle Owners Club Best Non-Japanese Club Ducati Owners Club Best Japanese Club Yamaha Classic Club Best Club Stand 1st – Yamaha Classic Club 2nd – Kettle Club 3rd – Air Cooled RD...

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