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Birchall brothers to headline the Winter Classic

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

Birchall brothers to headline the Winter Classic

Former world sidecar champions the Birchall brothers are set to kick-start the new motorcycling season at the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic show in January. The season opener will welcome Ben and Tom as it returns to Newark Showground on January 7-8 2017. Joining compere Steve Plater on stage for interviews, the duo will cover a range of subjects including their many accomplishments – being former world sidecar champions, four-time TT race winners and the current sidecar TT lap record holders. They will also be available for signing autographs and presenting awards. The event will offer enthusiasts the chance to explore the hundreds of classic bikes on display and, hosting a number of traders and dealers, the show will be the perfect place to grab some parts and spares to complete any restoration projects. Visitors will also be encouraged to start a new restoration, or hopefully inspired to finish off any current work being carried out ready for the year ahead. And the Winter Classic won’t just be celebrating classic motorcycles, but also scooters as the popular Scooter World hall will be making a very welcome return. Triple British scooter champion Stuart Day will be about at the event, along with local scooter clubs, private entries and traders. Event planner Nick Mowbray said: “It’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. I look forward to meeting all of the gusts and especially the Birchall brothers. I can’t wait for the 2017 season to get started.” Discounted advance tickets are now on sale for the show, with a one-day adult pass costing just £8. Get more information on the EVENT...

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Fans flock to meet the stars of On Any Sunday

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016

Fans flock to meet the stars of On Any Sunday

ON ANY SUNDAY stars David Aldana and Gene Romero have staked their claims as the most popular Stafford bike show star guests, with thousands packing in to the huge annual event to meet their heroes. Compere Steve Plater had his work cut out keeping the lively ‘comedy duo’ on track during on stage interviews at the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – October 15-16 – as they covered a range of subjects including the iconic film, their racing experiences and some entertaining stories from the glory years. Visitor Ian McDonald said: “Every year the guests of honour are great, this year they have gone up a gear… fantastic!”. Fellow showgoer Kev Hewitt added to the praise calling the pair “brilliant blokes and great characters”. Attracting attention as well as the two stars was a Husqvarna previously owned by Hollywood legend Steve McQueen who part-funded the On Any Sunday film, while the addition of the Suzuki Village at Staffordshire County Showground proved to be a hit also. Large crowds headed to the marquee to see Barry Sheene’s two world championship-winning RG500s among a host of other machines from the famous marque. And it was Suzuki which stole the headlines in the event awards with Heidi Cockerton’s rare 1965 K11T – displayed on the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club stand – scooping the honour of Best in Show. Head judge Dennis Frost called the machine “a window on a world that’s now gone” and explained that it had been an easy decision to select it for the top award: “The work Heidi has done is fantastic, and the added history of the bike made it a show stand-out. “Its documents reveal that it was imported by AMC in the mid-1960s as a road-going bike, but seems to have been modified to a trials machine with the addition of English wrist grips. There were probably only 20-30 of these made, and this is the only one we know of. “The last registered owner was in March 1968, so where the bike was between then and now creates a mystery which only adds to the intrigue.” Bonhams’ auction – another Stafford favourite – once again demonstrated the strength of the classic bike market as a 1924 Croft-Cameron Super Eight sold for £203,100, contributing to a sale total of £1,572,712. Hundreds of trade stands reported profitable weekends, enthusiasts enjoyed live action in the Classic...

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Stafford star guests cause a stir

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016

Stafford star guests cause a stir

On Any Sunday heroes David Aldana and Gene Romero have staked their claims to be the most popular guests of honour ever to grace the Stafford show! For an event which has seen the likes of Wayne Rainey, John McGuinness and John Surtees headline in the past few years that is some statement, but the crowds which packed round the main stage today to hear them talk have been among the busiest and most excited we’ve ever seen. And, boy, can they talk! The ‘comedy duo’ had fans captivated with their engaging and entertaining tales of motorcycling’s golden era, even going so far as to drag Mooneyes John Cooper on to the stage to join them in the fun. The pair return for their final interview today (Saturday, October 15) at 4pm, and on a further two occasions tomorrow (Sunday, October 16) – more info HERE. Trust us when we say, it’s one not to be...

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The BBC at Stafford

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016

The BBC at Stafford

This weekend’s Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show is in full swing with thousands pouring through the gates for one of the world’s biggest and best classic bike events. Yesterday though, on set-up Friday, BBC Radio Lancashire paid a visit to broadcast its afternoon programme live from Staffordshire County Showground. A range of guest speakers gave their own takes on what makes the Stafford show tick, and among them were the event’s guests of honour – On Any Sunday stars Dave Aldana and Gene Romero. You can listen HERE. And don’t forget the show runs all weekend – October 15-16 – so come and check it...

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Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – Exhibitor List

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016

Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – Exhibitor List

The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Staffordshire County Showground opens its doors to the public tomorrow, and with so much excitement going on it’s easy to forget that at the heart of the Stafford show is the biggest collection of classic bike traders and autojumble stalls you will find anywhere on the planet! Project bikes, spares, parts, tools, riding gear, cleaning kit, accessories, memorabilia, reading material… you name it, our exhibitors have it for sale. To give you a chance to scope out the traders you want to see in advance of your visit, here’s a link to the up-to-date trade list: TRADE LIST.   ...

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Super sports twins lead Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford Sale

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016

Super sports twins lead Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford Sale

BONHAMS’ two annual Stafford sales have become among the most popular, well-attended and most valuable motorcycle auctions in UK, with the most recent events seeing record-breaking sales take place. This latest event looks set to follow the trend with plenty of excitement surrounding the 1924 Croft-Cameron Super Eight, which headlines hundreds of lots. With the Coventry-based company’s production only ever small-scale, this relatively rare example is expected to sell for upwards of £150,000. The V-twin has been in the same family ownership since the 1950s, and before that had only one previous owner. This Super Eight, is powered by an eight-valve 1000cc Anzani V-twin engine, and features Montgomery front forks. It has impeccable history and has hardly been seen since the 1960s, when it featured at the Earls Court motorcycle show and was ridden in several Banbury Runs. The Croft-Cameron’s last tax disc dates to 1969. Also in Bonhams’ sale are myriad fabulous motorcycles with a particularly healthy helping of veterans through to the ex-Roger Nicholls Sports Motorcycles TT Ducati. Among the other notable examples going under the hammer are  a 1948 Vincent Black Shadow, a 1907 Matchless V-Twin combination and a 1979 Kawasaki Z1000 TT racing bike. The auction takes place as part of the massive annual Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Staffordshire County Showground, October 15-16. Advance discount tickets are now on sale, offering a £2 saving against gate prices. Visit the show website for more details, or call 01507...

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McQueen’s Husky to go on show at Stafford

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

McQueen’s Husky to go on show at Stafford

AN iconic motorcycle owned and ridden by Hollywood star Steve McQueen is set to make a rare UK appearance. The matching numbers 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross will go on display near the main stage at the 23rd Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Staffordshire County Showground on Saturday, October 15, and Sunday October 16. Show exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “The ‘Husky’ is preserved as last ridden by McQueen, complete with dents, scratches and his spare spark plug duct taped to the frame. The signatures of McQueen’s son Chad and his friend Bud Ekins – the famous stunt rider for the film The Great Escape – appear on the bike.” It was bought by McQueen during the filming of highly acclaimed motorcycle sport documentary On Any Sunday and four of the film’s other stars will be at the Stafford show too – Dave Aldana, Don Emde, Mert Lawwill and Gene Romero. Husqvarnas featured heavily in On Any Sunday, putting the Swedish company firmly on the map for riders in the US and around the world. The 400 Cross was a brutal, unforgiving motorcycle, difficult to ride well, but McQueen proved he was capable of handling it, riding his own machine. Frame number MI3845 was owned by the acting icon until his death in 1980 and is the best known of all McQueen’s Huskys. It was sold at the Steve McQueen Estate Auction at Imperial Palace on November 25, 1984, in Las Vegas, Nevada, passing through three subsequent owners before being acquired by the current owner two years ago in California. The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show takes place at Staffordshire County Showground on the weekend of October 15-16 and, along with the famous machine and star guests from On Any Sunday, includes a special Suzuki Village featuring the two RG500s which Barry Sheene powered to world championship success in 1976 and 1977. There are hundreds of trade stands and autojumble plots, as well as parade laps in the Cavalcade, the firing up of race machines in the Classic Racer GP Paddock, trials demonstrations in the Classic Dirt Bike Experience, expert advice in the Restoration Theatre and hundreds of stunning lots going under the hammer in the Bonhams Stafford Autumn Sale. Advance discount tickets are on sale until 11.59pm on Sunday, October 9. For more details and to buy tickets, call 01507 529529 or visit the EVENT...

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Win lunch with our Stafford stars… plus a signed helmet!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

Win lunch with our Stafford stars… plus a signed helmet!

STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW! This is the competition to end all competitions… We’ve teamed up with Bell Helmets to give ONE lucky winner and a guest a VIP lunch at the upcoming Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford where they will get the chance to meet the stars of On Any Sunday. The massive annual event takes place on the weekend of October 15-16 at Staffordshire County Showground, with the lunch being held on the second day – Sunday, October 16. But the giveaway doesn’t stop there! The winner will also receive a signed Bell Bullitt helmet to take away with them. Here are all the details you...

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