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Video: A message from Troy Bayliss

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017

Video: A message from Troy Bayliss

A couple of weeks ago we revealed that three-time world champ Troy Bayliss will be guest of honour at our upcoming Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show – April 22-23 – and to get you even more excited for a rare visit from the Aussie superstar, he’s sent us this awesome video message… Surrounded by memorabilia from his racing career and with a table full of trophies behind him, Troy sings the praises of British motorcycle fans and expresses his excitement at being back on our shores in the not-too-distant future. Troy, one of the nicest guys in racing, will be in attendance throughout the weekend being interviewed by compere Steve Plater, appearing in the Classic Racer GP Paddock and meeting with visitors. For more information, including how to buy tickets, view the EVENT PAGE or call our customer services team on 01507...

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Top five reasons to visit the Classic Dirt Bike Show

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017

Top five reasons to visit the Classic Dirt Bike Show

THIS WEEKEND! Telford International Centre Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19 The countdown is over! The year’s premier classic off-road event takes place this weekend at Telford International Centre, with doors opening to the main halls at 10am on Saturday, February 18. Here are the top five reasons to visit… Private entries and club displays – number 1 The best classic off-road machines in the country will be stationed on club stands and concours area, with the most recognisable marques and models being celebrated. Of particular interest will be the first ever full line-up of Greeves motorcycles – one for every year the company existed. In a never-before-seen exhibit, 21 scramblers from the first production run back in 1954 to the very last 1976 QUB Mk 2 380cc Griffon will be lined up on the Greeves stand which is more than treble its normal size. Trade and autojumble – number 2 If it’s bits and pieces you’re after there are stands to cater for every need. Try Dave Renham who has every Bultaco part imaginable; Steve Goode has a colossal range of 1970s items; Alan Wright will be in his usual sport for discount clothing and boots; and there’s Adrian Moss for Metisse parts. Rod Spry and John McCrink will both be ready to pass on invaluable knowledge to those aspiring to build a new mount, too. There’s plenty more – too much to mention, in fact – and don’t forget the packed outside autojumble area that opens at 9am on both days. Modern machines aren’t forgotten either, and importers of the latest trials and enduro steeds will be showing their products with John Lampkin in attendance on the Beta stand, John Shirt with the Gas Gas range and Nigel Birkett with the latest Scorpas. Star guests – number 3 The Telford show has always been a place where enthusiasts get the chance to meet and hear from some famous faces, both past and present, from the off-road world. This year is no different, and our stars will be appearing on stage throughout the weekend. The two ‘named’ guests of honour are 1983 British 125 champion and current Honda MXGP boss Roger Harvey, and motorcycle commentator and off-road fanatic Jack Burnicle. The two will be sharing stories from their careers and meeting with showgoers, as well as headlining the traditional Saturday Classic Dirt Bike Show dinner sponsored by Hagon Shocks....

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Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks exhibitor list

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017

Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks exhibitor list

The Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks is THIS WEEKEND, February 18-19 at Telford International Centre. Below is a list of traders attending the event… Stand Name Position Stands TWO WHEEL MOTION Hall 1 C21 250 LONDON LTD Hall 3 A31 ACKLAMS BETA LTD Hall 2 B54 ACORNS MCC Hall 3 C31 ADRIAN ROUSE Outside 122, 123 ADVENTURE RIDE Hall 3 A21 AIDPAC STAINLESS Hall 3 A23 AJP-PROCESSED PIPEWORK LTD Hall 2 B60 AJS MATCHLESS POACHERS PRE 65 TRIALS CLUB Hall 2 B44 ALAN ANDERSON Hall 1 C69 ALAN WHITTON RACE ENGINEERING LTD Hall 1 C55 ALAN WRIGHT Hall 2 B4, B5 ALEX BARAONA Hall 1 C101a ALL-STAR CLASSIC SPEEDWAY AND VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES Hall 3 A33 ALLENS USED TRIALS SPARES Hall 1 C50 ALTECH WELDING SERVICES LTD Hall 1 C36a, C37a ALUMINIUM WELDING Hall 3 A44 ALUN CHAPLIN Hall 3 A45 AMCA EVENTS LTD Hall 3 A52 ANDREW CARTER Hall 3 A12a ANDREW KINDER Hall 3 PE40 ANDY CAMM Outside 34, 35, 36, 37 ANDY MCDONAGH Hall 1 C14 ANN STOWE Hall 3 PE22 ANTHONY CARVER     ASH HALLAM Hall 3 PE25 AUTO HOSE & RESTORATION PRODUCTS Hall 1 C74 BG MOTORCYCLES Hall 3 A6 BARRY THOMAS Outside 116, 117 BAVINS OF DISS Hall 1 C52 BEN BUTTERWORTH Outside 158, 159 BEN CHRISTON Hall 3 PE33 BEN MILLICHAP Outside 89, 90 BIRKETT MOTORSPORT UK LTD Hall 2 B62 BLACK KNIGHT SPARES Outside 136, 137, 138, 139 BLUY ANDREWS Hall 3 PE51 BOB GREENHOUGH Hall 1 C20 BOB WRIGHT MOTORCYCLES Hall 2 B26 BOLT (YWJ) LTD Hall 1 C61 BRIAN CANNING Hall 1 C72 BRIAN HULME Hall 3 PE44 BRIAN NORMAN Hall 1 C80 BRITISH MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION BMCA Hall 3 A27 BROOKLANDS CLASSIC Hall 1 C72a BROWNIES BIKES SPARES LTD Hall 1 C56 BSA BANTAM CLUB Hall 3 C32 BURY MOTORCYCLES Hall 2 B70 CCS CLEAN CARBS Hall 1 C32a CAMBS TRIALS CENTRE Hall 2 B74 CENTRAL WHEEL COMPONENTS LTD Hall 3 A60 CHARLES TAYLOR TRADING Hall 1 C88, C89 CHRIS CHELL Hall 2, Hall 3 A48b, B4a, B4b, B4c CHRIS KNIGHT MOTORCYCLES LTD Outside 111, 112, 113 CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS’ ASSOCIATION Foyer F7a CHRISTOPHER MORRIS Hall 3 A19 CJ PUBLISHING LIMITED Hall 2 B64 CJB PHOTOGRAPHIC Hall 1 C64 CLASSIC BIKE BITS & BOBS Hall 1 C83 CLASSIC ENGLAND MOTORCYCLE DESNATIONS Hall 3 A42 CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE MANUALS.COM Hall 1 C41 CLASSIC MOTORING ENAMELS Hall 3 A18a CLASSIC MX...

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Aussie superstar Bayliss set for Stafford guest duties

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

Aussie superstar Bayliss set for Stafford guest duties

Three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss will headline the upcoming Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show as its guest of honour. The Australian will be in attendance at Staffordshire County Showground on the weekend of April 22-23 to be interviewed by on stage compere Steve Plater, and will also meet with showgoers, take part in signing sessions and appear in the Classic Racer GP Paddock. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “It’s always exciting when we announce our Stafford star guest, but this feels extra-special. Troy is a legend of the sport who holds several impressive records, and he’s competed at the very top level as recently as 2015. “We can’t wait to hear what he has to say about his incredible career as he shares some of his favourite memories and best stories from the past 20 years.” A BIT OF HISTORY By today’s standards Bayliss was a late-comer to motorcycle racing, not entering the Australian Supersport Championship until the ripe old age of 26. Success soon followed, and by the late 1990s he was riding in the British Superbike Championship culminating in a title win in 1999. He then got his break on the world stage in 2000 when he replaced the injured Carl Fogarty in the Ducati World Superbike team and finished a creditable sixth overall. He continued the momentum into the 2001 season with a consistent display that saw him capture his first world crown in the penultimate round at Assen. Colin Edwards edged Bayliss to the title the following year in a thrilling finale at Imola, but the rivalry was to end there as the pair’s performances had earned them rides in MotoGP. Bayliss, initially showing good form, ended his first season in sixth position but a difficult year followed in 2004, and it led to Bayliss being removed from the Ducati squad and taking up a ride with the Camel Honda team – also unsuccessful. A reunion with Ducati wasn’t too long in the making, and in 2006 he made a triumphant return to World Superbikes, taking 12 race victories on his way to a second championship win. His form led to a one-off appearance in the final MotoGP race of the year – replacing the injured Sete Gibernau – and he showed a glimpse of ‘what could have been’ with an impressive victory; becoming the first rider to win a race in the Superbike and...

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BBC Radio Lancashire returns to the Stafford show

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017

BBC Radio Lancashire returns to the Stafford show

Back at October’s Carole Nash-sponsored Stafford classic event we were delighted to welcome a crew from BBC Radio Lancashire who broadcast their live afternoon show from the venue on set-up Friday. They must have got a taste for it, because it’s now confirmed that the team will return to Staffordshire County Showground in on April 21 for another special programme from the heart of the biggest classic bike show in the world. The link-up originally came about through regular showgoer John Abram who often appears as motorcycle correspondent on John Gilmore’s programme on the station, and uses many of his slots to talk up the Stafford events and their various attractions. John’s Motorcycle News As well as his radio endeavours, John – along with colleague Michael George – has created the John’s Motorcycle News website which officially launched at the Stafford show in April 2015. Set up as a non-commercial interest, the duo wanted to launch an informative and interesting site using their years of experience and knowledge in the scene. They have one main aim: to only include details of organisations, products, places and events that they could (hands on hearts) personally recommend. As well as providing a wealth of information on classic motorcycles and for classic motorcycle owners, the pair have used the site to support many charities – details of which can be found on a dedicated section of the site. IMAGE | The BBC van at the Stafford show in October. From left to right: John Abram, VMCC president Rod Hann, Michael George and John...

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Commentary legend Jack Burnicle added to Telford show line-up

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

Commentary legend Jack Burnicle added to Telford show line-up

TV commentator, walking motorcycle encyclopaedia and off-road fanatic Jack Burnicle has signed up to appear at the Hagon-sponsored Classic Dirt Bike Show becoming the event’s third guest of honour. Burnicle will be in attendance throughout the weekend of February 18-19 at Telford International Centre joining Roger Harvey and Peter Duke to talk to and meet showgoers. With his experience as a host and compere, Jack will also be leading on-stage chats between the trio; plus he’ll be acting of master of ceremonies at the traditional Saturday evening show dinner. The event is now just a little less than a month away, so time is running out to order your tickets in advance and save money against the gate prices. For more information, including how to book, visit the EVENT...

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Three Greeves needed to complete historic display

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

Three Greeves needed to complete historic display

Three vital machines are still needed for a line-up of Greeves scramblers – one for each year the company existed – at the upcoming Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks. No fewer that 21 scramblers are currently set to appear, but display secretary Dave Bradley wants to hear from anyone who owns a machine which would make up a full set. Alan Wright, show consultant, said: “All we need are 1958 and 1959 Hawkstones and a 1969 Griffon (moorland blue for 250 and plain red for the 380).” If you own one of these, then please get in touch with Dave on 01777 870826. GREEVES DISPLAY Once complete, the display will be a world first showcasing one Greeves motorcycle for every year that the company existed from its first production in 1954 through to its very last 1976 QUB Mk 2 380cc Griffon. The famous firm was formed in Essex, after Bert Greeves – while mowing his lawn – came up with an idea to help give motorised movement to his disabled cousin, Derry Preston Cobb.. He developed his idea, and the light blue 197cc Villiers-powered Invacar went into production. Bert then started manufacturing off-road motorcycles and road machines, followed by road racers. All of these were built in their thousands, but it was in scrambling that Greeves became the world leader in the 60s, with names like Brian Stonebridge and Dave Bickers winning in the UK and abroad. MORE INFO The Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks takes place at Telford International Centre on Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19. Discounted advance tickets are now on sale, with a one-day adult pass costing £11 – a £2 saving on the gate price. On Saturday, visitors can get early access to the autojumble at 9am with a special one-day ticket price of just £14. Normal opening times are 10am-5pm on Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sunday. For more information, and to book tickets, visit the EVENT PAGE. THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW DINNER The traditional Saturday evening dinner will take place at the Holiday Inn Telford, just a stone’s throw from the International Centre where all of the weekend’s action will be taking place. Show guests Roger Harvey and Peter Duke will be attending with between- and after-dinner speeches, culminating in stories from their fascinating and storied careers within the motorcycle industry. A seat at the dinner costs...

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Authentic Lawrence of Arabia Brough to go on display at Bristol

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017

Authentic Lawrence of Arabia Brough to go on display at Bristol

A Brough Superior owned and ridden by TE Lawrence will be part of a superb line-up of old bikes at the Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show on Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5. The SS100 was the penultimate Brough to be owned by the famous author and military officer who earned the moniker Lawrence of Arabia for his role as a diplomat during Arab conflicts of the First World War. Named George VI by Lawrence, registration UL656 was used between January 1929 and 1932 and is one of just two machines which can be definitely identified as his. The other is GW2275: the motorcycle that Lawrence traded in UL656 to purchase and on which he was fatally injured during a crash close to his home in Dorset at the age of 46, just two months after leaving military service. Apparently bought for him by friends – including George Bernard Shaw and his wife Charlotte – the Brough was Lawrence’s first sprung-framed SS100 and also the first to feature the 998cc JTO-series JAP V-twin engine. In Lawrence of Arabia – the epic film of his life – number UL656 was incorrectly used as the motorcycle on which he suffered the injuries which would take his life, and it was also a Matchless-engined machine and not a Jap SS100 as it should have been. The original will be displayed at Somerset’s Royal Bath & West Showground having recently been renovated and it’s now in a roadworthy condition and running for the first time in approximately 60 years. THE BIGGEST BIKE SHOW IN THE SOUTH WEST The famous Brough will be among many motorcycles to be stationed in the halls ready for inspection, with some 40 private entries and hundreds of club machines going under the watchful eyes of showgoers and event judges. And although the Lawrence of Arabia bike might steal the headlines, the Bristol show is famed for the efforts of local clubs and it’s expected that there will once again be some elaborate exhibitions which showcase some fine examples of pioneer, veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles. No classic event would be complete without a healthy selection of trade stands offering bargains on all manner of parts, spares and accessories; and the show also houses a huge motorcycle autojumble. Rounding off proceedings will be Charterhouse’s classic motorcycle sale, with a 1967 RAF police example among the notable lots. The BSA B40 was...

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