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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. Owner Chris Dean 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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Stafford show to celebrate Sheene and Suzuki

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016

Stafford show to celebrate Sheene and Suzuki

VISITORS to the upcoming Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – October 15-16 – will have the opportunity to get up close to the two RG500s which Barry Sheene powered to world championship success in 1976 and 1977. The iconic red, black and yellow liveried machines have been shipped from the Sheene family home in Australia, and will be displayed as part of the new Suzuki Village attraction at the bumper annual event. Tim Davies of Suzuki GB said: “We couldn’t miss the opportunity to share these rare championship-winning bikes with the Stafford show crowd, especially as 2016 marks 40 years since the British racing legend’s first title win.” It’s also been confirmed that three-time BSB champion and Suzuki stalwart John Reynolds will be in attendance on Sunday. He’ll be making appearances and chatting with visitors in the marquee which will also house the Suzuki Owners Club, The Kettle Club, Air-Cooled Suzuki, Team Classic Suzuki and the GT/X7 enthusiast group. Trade will feature as well, with Robinsons Foundry selling parts and clothing, and Crooks Suzuki and Redcar Motorcycles on hand to help showgoers with any Suzuki-based classic enquiries. Detailing the rest of the line-up, Tim said: “The GSX-R750 and TL1000S road bikes which we refurbished will also be on display, while Team Classic Suzuki will be showcasing a number of other race bikes such as the XR69 ridden at the Classic TT by Michael Dunlop, an RG500 Mk10 and a pair of RGV500s, one ridden by Kevin Schwantz in Pepsi colours and the other a Movistar machine campaigned by Kenny Roberts Junior.” The Suzuki Village sits among two jam-packed days at the annual Stafford event which this year includes four of the stars from the classic cult motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday as guests of honour. There are once again hundreds of trade and autojumble stands sprawled throughout the venue, there’s live action in the Classic Racer GP Paddock, Classic Dirt Bike Experience and Cavalcade, several pristine machines will go under the hammer in the Bonhams auction and there’s expert advice on offer in the Restoration Theatre. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “Suzuki has pulled off something special getting the two famous Sheene racing bikes over to the UK, and they will take their rightful place among a packed line-up at the biggest and best modern-classic motorcycle event in the world.” The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show takes...

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Bidders aiming to land a Meteor at Netley auction

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016

Bidders aiming to land a Meteor at Netley auction

A rare 1939 Vincent HRD Meteor – estimated at more than £50,000 – is one of the star motorcycles set for the Charterhouse Auction at our upcoming Carole Nash Eurojumble. The fascinating example has undergone a complete restoration with additions such as TT racing handlebars, a TT petrol tank and TT mudguards; some of these finishing touches being completed by none other than Sammy Miller. Charterhouse’s head of motorcycling Matthew Whitney said: “This was one of the final Series A Meteors built as Vincent ceased production of the model on the outbreak of the Second World War. “It was a very quick machine in its day, capable of nearly 90 miles-per-hour – almost twice as fast as the average family saloon.” During its 77 years, this machine appears to have had just a few owners, one of which was English engineer and inventor Alex Moulton who bought it in 1947. He used the Vincent as a test bed for his prototype rubber to metal rear suspension system which was tested in Motor Cycle magazine in November that year. The sale of classic and vintage motorcycles takes place on Friday, September 2, and is part of the two-day motorcycle autojumble at Netley Marsh near Southampton. For more information on the event, including discount advance ticket details, visit...

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On Any Sunday Stars To Headline The Stafford Show

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016

On Any Sunday Stars To Headline The Stafford Show

Four of the cast from iconic motorcycle movie On Any Sunday are set for guest of honour duties at the Stafford classic event this autumn. Gracing the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on the weekend of October 15-16 will be former racers David Aldana, Don Emde, Mert Lawwill and Gene Romero who each had central roles in Bruce Brown’s legendary 1972 film. Classic Racer magazine editor Malc Wheeler said: “On Any Sunday will have played its part in inspiring many of our Stafford showgoers to get on two wheels in their youth, and I’m sure there will be plenty of excitement as they get to meet four of its stars.” As well as finding fame on the big screen, all four of the guests also took part in the Anglo-American Match Races held in the UK in the 1970s at circuits such as Brands Hatch, Mallory Park and Oulton Park. Mert Lawwill’s appearance at the show will be his first visit to the UK since that time. More show news will be revealed over the coming weeks so add www.classicbikeshows.com to your favourites and make sure you don’t miss out. Advance tickets are now on sale and offer superb discounts against gate price. To buy yours, follow the links from the EVENT...

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Netley Autojumble Back With A Bang

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016

Netley Autojumble Back With A Bang

A treasure trove of motorcycle parts, pieces and spares will be brought into Netley Marsh this September 2-3 as the Carole Nash Eurojumble returns for a 23rd year. Enthusiasts from across the UK and the continent will come in search of bargains as the autojumble opens its gates for the traditional Friday and Saturday running. Head of the event Richard Graham said: “The Carole Nash Eurojumble has stands and traders offering rare items that you simply can’t get anywhere else. If you’re a restorer or maintain machines then this is the place to be.” Along with two days of dedicated autojumble, club displays and private entrants will be showcasing a range of bikes, Dorset-based auctioneers Charterhouse will be hosting a motorcycle sale and the popular garage clear-out returns for Saturday allowing one-day traders to come and sell their wares. Advance tickets are now on sale with a one day adult pass costing just £8 on Friday and £5 on Saturday. Both represent a £1 saving on the gate prices. For more information and to book tickets, visit the event page...

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Kempton Park Motorcycle Events Bought By Mortons

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016

Kempton Park Motorcycle Events Bought By Mortons

MORTONS MEDIA GROUP is delighted to announce the acquisition of the Kempton Park bike jumbles and motorcycle shows. The events company has added the seven one-day events to its already packed calendar which includes the two Stafford classic shows, the Telford off-road show and the ’Normous Newark Autojumbles. Andy Kitchen of Mortons’ events division will head up the new series and said: “I can’t wait to get started. The Kempton shows are really popular and well attended and I look forward to taking them forward over the coming years.” The new organising team will run the next event on Saturday, July 23, and although a period of transition will be taking place, traders, exhibitors and visitors can contact Andy should they have any enquiries. He added: “It’s business as usual as far as we’re concerned and we’re confident that the handover will be a smooth one. Anyone who has any questions can get in touch either by email or on the phone – akitchen@mortons.co.uk or 01507 529435.” While founder Eric Patterson has decided the time is right to step down after 30 years, he will remain on board working with Mortons to develop the shows further over the coming years. He said: “It’s going to be strange no longer being ‘in charge’, but I am delighted to be handing over the reins to Mortons which is a company I’ve worked closely with for several years. The events are in good hands.” Andy was quick to ensure Eric received the proper recognition and added: “What Eric’s done deserves huge praise. From small beginnings he’s grown the Kempton autojumbles into some of the leading events on the classic bike calendar. “He hands them over to us in great shape, and we’re excited about adding our knowledge and experience to a winning formula.” The remaining Kempton Park dates for this year are: Saturdays July 23, September 17, October 22 and December 3. The December event also comprises the Southern Off Road & Racing Show. For more details, visit...

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