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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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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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