Classic Bike Shows

Home of the biggest classic bike shows in the UK

CLASSIC BIKE GUIDE AT STAFFORD!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018

CLASSIC BIKE GUIDE AT STAFFORD!

As well as the many incredible bikes and superb club stands to see, if you would like a laugh come to see the Classic Bike Guide team attempting to build their classic race-bike, live on the Mortons magazine subscriptions stand in the Main Hall. A humble 1971 Honda CL350, left neglected and seized since 1976 in an American barn, is hopefully going to be transformed into a competitive race bike for classic race series with the CRMC and BHR clubs in the UK, as well as some road-racing in Belgium. This is no factory-supported effort though; the idea is to see if anyone can build a bike that is competitive enough, yet without spending the children’s inheritance. Begging, borrowing and occasionally stealing may occur… The CL350 is a scrambler-styled variant of the CB350, which was only imported to the USA. The main differences to the CB that we got in the UK are a different tank, forks, bars, wheel sizes and some rather attractive, but more restrictive high-level exhaust pipes.  The 325cc four-stroke parallel-twin, with its five-speed gearbox, is the same. In racing, these bikes are often called the K4; due to the fact the fourth incarnation had a disc brake at the front rather than a drum, allowing it better brakes for racing. In today’s series, you are allowed to run several lighter, stronger frames like the TAB or Drixton frames, but Classic Bike Guide are sticking with the original, albeit strengthened and tweaked. Many racers use the better suspension from the larger 500cc models, but CBG are going to have to see what’s left in the coffers. Any advice would be gratefully received – or just come and wish them luck! Subscriptions to Classic Bike Guide are available from the Main Stand in the Main Hall – in front of the private entry display. Make sure you head over and chat to one of the team to find out the latest...

Read More

TOP ROAD RACER AND EX-HONDA RACING BOSS NEIL TUXWORTH AT SHOW

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018

TOP ROAD RACER AND EX-HONDA RACING BOSS NEIL TUXWORTH AT SHOW

RACING legend and ‘King Maker’ Neil Tuxworth has been confirmed as the guest of honour at the 38th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show on April 21-22 at Stafford County Showground. Tuxworth is a racing legend – from his first track outing at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire, in 1969 aboard a humble BSA Bantam to racing in British National and International meetings scoring podiums and wins. With a love of road racing it was inevitable he would be drawn to the greatest challenge in motorcycle sport – the Isle of Man TT – racking up a Manx Grand Prix win, a runner-up spot in the Formula 2 TT and five third places. Neil followed the Continental Circus as much as possible, scoring Grand Prix World Championship points in the UK, Austria, and Finland, and his desire to race anything with two wheels that saw him compete in motocross, sand racing and even ice racing during the winter months. In 1986, he came very close to paying the ultimate price for his sport. A huge crash at Aberdare Park had medics and Neil’s family initially fearing for his life. He battled through, only to be told he may never walk again. Malc Wheeler, Mortons Media Group associate director and a friend of Tuxworth’s, recalled how he witnessed his fight back to fitness: “Believe me, inside the pleasant, well-mannered man you’ll see on stage at the show is a true man of steel. Obviously after a warning like that you hang up your leathers? Not Neil. It’s going to be fascinating listening to all the stories at the show, I’m sure there are some I haven’t heard!” In later years, Neil is most widely known for managing many of Honda’s racing efforts. He was the mastermind behind household racing names such as Joey Dunlop, John Kocinski  and Colin Edwards to name but a few, giving Honda multiple World and National championship titles. It’s guaranteed that Neil’s time on stage at the show will be entertaining. With so much achieved in all aspects of racing and race management, his stories are sure to captivate.       The Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford is the biggest classic bike show in the world. It’s packed with thousands of classic machines and is the natural home for bike clubs to meet and show off their motorcycles. It boasts the largest autojumble anywhere...

Read More

THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW SPONSORED BY HAGON SHOCKS MOVES UP ANOTHER GEAR

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018

THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW SPONSORED BY HAGON SHOCKS MOVES UP ANOTHER GEAR

THOUSANDS of off-road fans descended on Telford’s International Centre last weekend to meet dirt bike legends and admire an array of classic machinery. The Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks is Europe’s largest classic off-road event for classic trials, enduro, scrambles and speedway bikes. The halls were filled to the rafters with some of the very best in off-road bikes from numerous clubs and private restorations, while the outside autojumble focusing on off-road sport was also busy with tons of bargains to be had. The star guests – Gerrit Wolsink, Colin Dommett, Peter Duke and Alf Hagon – caused a stir as they spoke about their career exploits on stage with Jack Burnicle. Jeff Smith MBE also made the transatlantic journey to sign copies of his new book at the show. The coveted Best in Show prize was awarded to a stunning 1969 Jawa 420 motocross bike owned by Bill Henson. Other weekend winners included a 1967 250 Greeves Anglian, which won Best Trials, and the Westmorland Motor Club, who won the Best Club Stand. Event planner Andy Catton said: “The standard of bikes on display during both days of the annual show was again excellent. Clubs and individual exhibitors produced a fantastic spectacle in the venue’s halls and there were some gems to be had in the autojumble. “I would like to thank everyone who attended the show including all our traders, guests, exhibitors and our loyal sponsor, Hagon Shocks, who brought an impeccable collection of historic Hagon bikes!” The next event in the Classic Bike Shows calendar is The 38th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show, to be held at the Staffordshire County Showground on April 21-22. For more information and tickets, please visit...

Read More

BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW – STILL THE BEST IN THE WEST

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018

BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW – STILL THE BEST IN THE WEST

It was a weekend to remember at the 38th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show, with the Best in the West event drawing huge crowds to admire the hundreds of classic machines on display. The February 3-4 show enjoyed a high number of visitors all eager to witness the delights that the show had to offer, including fascinating classic motorcycles, bargain buys on autojumble stands and a nail-biting auction to boot. Tony Pashley took home the coveted Best in Show prize with his award-winning 1934 Model 95 Sunbeam. It was once on display at the National Motorcycle Museum where it was a casualty of a devastating blaze in  2003, but was then passed into the hands of top restorer John Phyzacklea, who lovingly rebuilt it to its current condition. Since being restored the bike has been showcased at numerous shows and has quite a few awards under its metaphorical belt, such as Best Road Racing Bike and Best Pre-War Bike.   This show is renowned for the efforts from the motorcycle clubs, whose members again proved their commitment to creativity. Wells Classic Motorcycle Club won Best Club Stand in Show with its inventive shop front theme, which attracted the eyes of judges and visitors alike. New Imperial and Goldstar came in a close second and third.   Event organiser Nick Mowbray said: “What a brilliant weekend! We have received marvellous feedback from visitors and traders alike. We constantly strive to make the show bigger and better and this show has been no different.” A message from show sponsors, Carole Nash: “We were delighted to sponsor this fantastic show again, getting up close with bikes and bikers from all over the UK. It’s always one of our favourite events on the calendar and this year’s show was better than ever. The Carole Nash stand, like all others, was buzzing, and we can’t wait to be back again next year.” Attention now turns to The Classic Dirt Bike Show Sponsored by Hagon Shocks, celebrating all things classic dirt bike, at The International Centre, Telford, TF3 4JH over the weekend of February 17-18. The show is set to be an off-road jamboree for all fans of the dirt bike...

Read More

HAGON PRODUCTS CELEBRATES 60 YEARS IN BUSINESS AT THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018

HAGON PRODUCTS CELEBRATES 60 YEARS IN BUSINESS AT THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW

THE Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks, held at the Telford International Centre across the weekend of February 17-18, will house one of the biggest displays of Hagon bikes ever seen in one place. From humble beginnings in the family garden shed during his early racing career, Alf Hagon grew his company into a well-respected suspension specialist in its own right that is known across the globe and now run by his son Martin Hagon. As part of the company’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Hagon Products has asked anyone with a Hagon-framed bike to bring it to the show and there will be trophies for the best three Hagon bikes in show alongside the usual accolades given out each year. Hagon Shocks will also be taking an impeccable collection of bikes to the event, including a Hagon-JAP drag bike which was the first bike outside the US to run a sub 10-second quarter mile. The drag bike set two world records, the fastest standing start kilometre and the fastest standing start quarter mile at Elvington in 1967. Other machines from the Hagon family’s collection which will be at the show include: the Hagon-JAP grass track bike, the Hagon 500cc speedway bike and a Hagon long track bike which Martin Hagon rode to second place in the 1990 British Masters Championship. Grass track legend Alf Hagon will be a guest of honour at the show alongside Jeff Smith, Gerrit Wolsink, Colin Dommett and Peter Duke; he will be interviewed about his career exploits each day by Jack Burnicle. Tony Hutchison from Hagon Shocks said: “We have asked for anybody with a Hagon-framed bike to bring it along, and each bike (and owner) could tell a story or two about their exploits, we’re sure! “We hope you all have your bloodhound instincts finely tuned to uncover that elusive part for the coming riding season or project bike among the vast array of parts and bikes on display.” The show is sure to have something that will tickle your fancy as clubs and private entries pack into the venue to display the most fascinating collection of historic off-road machines you’ll find under one roof. They will be joined by a mass of traders offering everything from parts, accessories, riding kit and project bikes to tempt you – and that’s not even including the autojumble, which opens an hour before the show...

Read More

A DIRTY WEEKEND IN TELFORD – THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018

A DIRTY WEEKEND IN TELFORD – THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW

EUROPE’S largest classic off-road show, The Classic Dirt Bike Show – sponsored by Hagon Shocks – returns to the International Centre, Telford, Shropshire, over the weekend of February 17-18, and promises a treat for classic enthusiasts who enjoy playing in the dirt. Enthusiasts with a passion for classic trials, enduro, scrambles and speedway flock to Telford to see the very best in off-road dealer stands and private individual restorations. And the outside autojumble, focusing on off-road sport, has bargains for all tastes. Road race fans aren’t forgotten either at the Classic Off Road Show, with a lineup of mouthwatering road racers, brought to you by Classic Racer magazine, including TT-winning machinery. The Classic Dirt Bike Show has always boasted some great off-road guests and 2018 will be no exception. Gerrit Wolsink, five times winner of the 500cc United States Grand Prix, and who finished third in the 500cc world championship in 1975 and 1977 and second in 1976 and 1979, tops the bill, along with Colin Dommett, off-road all-rounder, and Peter Duke, a successful off-road rider, ISDT competitor, and founder of the Duke DVD empire. All three will be interviewed each day by Jack Burnicle. Jeff Smith MBE also makes the transatlantic journey from his long-time home in the USA! The two-time Motocross (Scrambles) World Champion will have copies of his new book at the show. The show’s loyal sponsor, Hagon Shocks, celebrates its 60th anniversary at the show and the Hagon family will celebrate with the largest collection of Hagon competition motorcycles ever assembled. Hagon Shocks founder and Grasstrack legend Alf Hagon will also be a guest at the show and will be interviewed on-stage each day. Discounted advance tickets start at £12 for an adult and close at 8.30am on Tuesday, 13 February. Click here for...

Read More

BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW: CHARTERHOUSE AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018

BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW: CHARTERHOUSE AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

The Charterhouse Auction room opens its doors every year at the Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show and you are always guaranteed to find a gem or two. Viewing is free on Saturday with the purchase of a show ticket and then it is £10 for the catalogue on the Sunday.  Whether you’re looking for a project or a classic motorcycle where the hard work has been done for you, there’s something for everyone at this event, no matter what your budget. Take a look at some of the auction highlights below, for more enquiries about their entire lot visit their website here. A 1976 Honda 750/Four. Estimate: 6,500 GBP – 7,500 GBP   A 1940 Indian Chief. Estimate: 28,000 GBP – 32,000 GBP A 1974 Triumph T150 V Rickman Metisse cafe racer. Estimate: 8,000 GBP – 9,000 GBP A circa 1948 BSA B33 restoration project. Estimate: 400 GBP – 600 GBP A 2014 Harley Davidson DYNA Switchback sidecar combination. Estimate: 12,000 GBP – 14,000 GBP A 2007 Harley Davidson Road King. Estimate: 9,000 GBP – 11,000 GBP A 1998 Honda Blackbird CBR1100. Estimate: 2,500 GBP – 2,800 GBP A 1964 Royal Enfield Interceptor Mk I. Estimate: 8,000 GBP – 9,000 GBP A 1978 Cotton 250cc LCRS ex junior TT road racer. Estimate: 9,000 GBP – 10,000 GBP A 1983 Ducati Darmah 900. Estimate: 10,000 GBP – 12,000 GBP A 1935 Cotton JAP 25J restoration project. Estimate: 3,000 GBP – 4,000 GBP A 1983 MZ TS125. Estimate: 450 GBP – 550 GBP A 1980 Honda 250 scrambler restoration project. Estimate: 200 GBP – 300 GBP    If you want to put one of your bikes under the hammer, please contact Matthew Whitney or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at...

Read More

THE BEST IN THE WEST – BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW IS BACK

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

THE BEST IN THE WEST – BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW IS BACK

The 38th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show promises to add colour and excitement to a winter weekend and deliver something for every biking enthusiast to enjoy. Held over the weekend of February 3-4, the event will see enthusiasts flock to the south-west of England to scour the autojumble for bargains, watch the hammer fall on intriguing auction lots and savour the sense of occasion generated by motorcycle club members proudly displaying their classic steeds. Having outgrown its original Bristol base, the show moved a few miles south to the spacious surroundings of the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, and has continued to expand ever since – with dealers, traders and visitors all enjoying its friendly atmosphere. Motorcycle clubs have always been at the heart of the Bristol show and will once again rival even the market-leading Carole Nash Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford in both quantity and quality. The addition of the Charterhouse Auction created an exciting new dimension to the show and the 2018 sale already has an array of interesting lots booked in, ranging from a Cotton road racer to a very desirable Norton Atlas. Viewing is on the Saturday, with lots being auctioned the next day. Of course, autojumble is at the heart of any good classic show and although the event takes place in the West Country it attracts jumblers and trade stands from all corners of the UK and even continental Europe. Event organiser Nick Mowbray said: “What better way to shrug off the winter blues than with a visit to this popular show? We strive to deliver an event that keeps on getting better and better and believe this year’s Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show will be the best yet.” Discounted advance tickets are now on sale for the show, with a one-day adult pass costing just £11 available until 8:30am on Monday 29 January 2018. Tickets will also be available on the gate at £13. Advance tickets for children (Under-12s) are £3 each, also available until 8.30am on Monday 29 January and £4 on the gate. For more information visit classicbikeshows.com A message from show sponsors, Carole Nash: “As proud sponsors of the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show 2018, the team from Carole Nash will be in full effect at this year’s action-packed event. Come and say hello at the Carole Nash stand, where we’ll show off a very special classic bike, giving out...

Read More