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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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AJS pair steals the headlines at a sun-kissed Stafford show

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017

AJS pair steals the headlines at a sun-kissed Stafford show

A PAIR of rare AJS machines have made history at the world-leading Stafford classic bike show by becoming the first joint winners of the event’s coveted Best in Show award.  The identical 1928 AJS K10s, in the custodianship of restorer Alan Smith, were immediate stand-outs for the judging panel at the Carole Nash-sponsored exhibition on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. It was no surprise when the twins were revealed as the best motorcycles at Staffordshire County Showground towards the end of the weekend. Head judge Dennis Frost said: “Just when you think you’ve seen it all at the Stafford shows, we get this incredible pair of bikes the like of which we’ve never had before. They were contenders from minute one, and we had to treat them as one entry given their fascinating story. They are a fantastic example of restoration, and an absolutely worthy winner.” The nearly 80-year-old duo were bought to Wiltshire in the UK four and a half years ago by Alan, at which point he began a joint restoration with Australia-based Peter Robinson who had originally sourced the bikes down under. Starting with the skeletons of two worn-out production racers, gradually the machines came together with parts made in Australia, the UK and Europe – plus other components sourced from around the globe. The black-and-gold beauties are identical in every way. Alan said: “Lots of work has gone into the project. It was a mammoth job.” It was also a successful weekend for the Rudge Club. The group, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, won the £1000 Best Club award for a superb display that included stand members donning 1940s period clothing. The weekend saw the venue basked in glorious sunshine, and it clearly brought the crowds out in force with many traders reporting busy and profitable weekends at what remains the biggest show of its kind in the world. Steve on the Amal carburettor stand said: “We were flat-out Saturday. It was non-stop. Nobody had a break from the stand until 3pm.” Venhill Engineering managing director Max Adams added: “We’ve been exhibiting here for six years and it’s always been good to us. Saturday was particularly excellent this time. We’ll have a stand here forever and a day.” Feedback was just as positive for the event’s superstar guest Troy Bayliss. The Australian three-time World Superbike champion was a major hit with the packed crowds...

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Troy Bayliss… for one weekend only

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017

Troy Bayliss… for one weekend only

Large crowds have packed round the main stage at the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show to hear from Aussie legend and three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss. Troy was last in the UK in 2008, and he confirmed that he has a flight booked back to Australia on Sunday night straight after the weekend event. If you want a chance to see one of the great motorcycle racers in the flesh right here in on British shores, then get yourself to Staffordshire County Showground this Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. Details...

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The Stafford show… this weekend

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017

The Stafford show… this weekend

Stop what you’re doing, cancel your plans and clear your diary. This weekend is the Carole Nash-sponsored International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford, and you simply HAVE to be there! THE SHOW It all takes place on both Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, at Staffordshire County Showground. Gates open both days at 9am, and you’ll want to arrive as early as you can because there’s plenty to pack in… Among the many highlights are the hundreds and hundreds of trade stands and autojumble plots that cover every corner of the huge venue. There is probably nowhere else on the planet where you can find so many classic bike parts, spares, projects (and the list goes on) available, all in one place. And it’s not just things to buy, there’s loads to see as well! Club stands, private entry displays, the Classic Racer GP Paddock, the Classic Dirt Bike Experience, the cavalcade, the Wall of Death – the excitement just keeps coming. Plus, on stage being interviewed throughout the weekend will be three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss. And there’s also the Restoration Theatre run by the experts from the BSA Gold Star Owners Club and Sunday’s record-breaking Stafford Spring Sale from auction house Bonhams. BE THERE Fancy all of this for just £14…? Why wouldn’t you!? Tickets can be purchased on the gate on both days, with a one-day adult pass costing just £14, and further savings for senior citizens and under-12s. Parking at the showground is also...

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WIN! A superb weekend break at the Stafford show, plus dinner with Troy Bayliss

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017

WIN! A superb weekend break at the Stafford show, plus dinner with Troy Bayliss

Now this is what you call a competition prize! Not only are we giving away a pair of tickets to the biggest and best classic bike show in the world, but you and a guest will be put up for the night at our hotel, and you both get you a seat at the table for dinner next to our superstar guest of honour Troy Bayliss. The prize in full includes: Two one-day tickets for Sunday, April 23, at the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show, Staffordshire County Showground An overnight stay for two on Saturday, April 22, at the Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel in Stafford Two seats at the Saturday night dinner (at the hotel) with the show organising team, commentator Steve Plater and guest of honour Troy Bayliss This Easter special giveaway is only running until Wednesday, April 19, so you’ll need to act fast. And if you’re lucky enough to be selected as the winner, you and your guest will need to be available to attend the dinner on Saturday night and stay over at the hotel. It’s completely FREE and easy to enter, all you have do is fill in our form and submit before the closing date. The winner will be the first name drawn at random. Good...

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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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