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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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Newark Winter Classic: Trade List

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017

Newark Winter Classic: Trade List

The Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic is just days away, with the season-opening classic motorcycle event taking place on Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8.  To whet your appetite for the show, we’re now able to confirm our final trade line-up so you can start making a shopping list. Details are below. You can also check out our SHOW PREVIEW to find out about everything on offer, including special appearances by star guests Ben and Tom Birchall – the TT Sidecar legends. Advance TICKET sales have now closed, but you can purchase your tickets on the gate on both days of the event. A one-day adult pass is just £10, under-12s are admitted free and there is FREE parking at the venue. TRADE LIST EXHIBITOR LOCATION 100 MPH SCOOTER.COM Scooter World AARTVART.COM Scooter World ADAM GOY Lady Eastwood Pavilion ADRIAN WRIGHT George Stephenson Exhibition Hall AIDPAC STAINLESS George Stephenson Exhibition Hall AIRCOOLED SUZUKI Lady Eastwood Pavilion AIRVEST.CO.UK George Stephenson Exhibition Hall AJS MATCHLESS POACHERS PRE 65 TRIALS CLUB George Stephenson Exhibition Hall ALUMINIUM WELDING George Stephenson Exhibition Hall AMOS BARBER ESTATE MANAGEMENT LIMITED George Stephenson Exhibition Hall ANTHONY HAYWOOD Lady Eastwood Pavilion ASHCROFT TOOLS Marquee ATOMIC 56 LIMITED George Stephenson Exhibition Hall AUTO HOSE & RESTORATION PRODUCTS Marquee B O M BATTERIES Outside BIKE DRYERS George Stephenson Exhibition Hall BIKE SPEED UK George Stephenson Exhibition Hall BIKERS LOCK (UK) LTD Lady Eastwood Pavilion BRIAN CHURCH George Stephenson Exhibition Hall BRIAN DAVIES Outside BRICKSTERS BIKES Outside BRITISH HISTORIC RACING CLUB George Stephenson Exhibition Hall BRITISH LAMBRETTA ARCHIVE Scooter World BRITISH SCOOTER SPORT ORGANISATION Scooter World BROWNIES BIKES SPARES LTD Marquee BRYAN RIPPINGALE Marquee C K W DISTRIBUTION LTD Marquee CAROLE NASH INSURANCE CONSULTANTS LTD George Stephenson Exhibition Hall CBX ENTHUSIASTS Lady Eastwood Pavilion CENTRAL WHEEL COMPONENTS LTD George Stephenson Exhibition Hall CHARLES TAYLOR TRADING Outside CHISELSPEED TUNING LIMITED Scooter World CHRIS GRANT TRADING Lady Eastwood Pavilion CHRIS KNIGHT MOTORCYCLES LTD Outside CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS ASS Lady Eastwood Pavilion CHRISTOPHER MORRIS George Stephenson Exhibition Hall CHUCK SWONNELL Scooter World CITY OF LEATHER Marquee CLASSIC & PERFORMANCE OILS Marquee CLASSIC COATINGS LTD George Stephenson Exhibition Hall CLASSIC MOMENTS George Stephenson Exhibition Hall CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE MANUALS.COM Scooter World CLASSIC RACING MOTORCYCLE CLUB LTD George Stephenson Exhibition Hall CLASSIC RACKS Lady Eastwood Pavilion CLINTON ENTERPRISES LTD Outside CLIVE APPLETON George Stephenson Exhibition Hall COCKADE ROSETTES George Stephenson Exhibition Hall COMPLETE FRAMING George Stephenson Exhibition Hall THE COOKIE...

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Newark Winter Classic: Show preview

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016

Newark Winter Classic: Show preview

About to enter into its sixth year, the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic has become one of the favourite dates on the show calendar… It’s the show that celebrates all makes, models and eras of the classic scene, and there will once again be an eclectic mix of machines on display in two main halls at Newark Showground for the annual Winter Classic. It all takes place this year on the weekend of January 7-8, and a quick look at the clubs set to attend gives an idea of the variety visitors can expect with famed British marques represented alongside Japanese enthusiast groups and off-road and racing organisations – to highlight just a few. Picking something special out of the excellent line-up is no easy task, but a couple of standouts which may be of particular interest are Andy Bolas’s Yamaha YSR50, possibly the smallest race rep event built (VJMC), Roger Moss’s indecently fast 1934 Scott Flying Squirrel (British Historic Racing) and Bill Dawson’s 1950 Velocette Covel built by former race mechanic Hendley Cox (Velocette Owners Club). Then of course there’s the private entries which last year produced the event’s Best in Show Triumph Trident ‘Hyde Harrier’ owned by Jeff Elliot. He had meticulously built the bike from scratch with only the frame as a starting point – a project which took him two years – so the standards for this year’s hopefuls has certainly been set high. And while looking at the bikes is surely the most fun part for showgoers, the fact there are hundreds of trade stands packed into the halls and an outdoor marquee means there’s just as much time to be spent hunting for the many bargains on offer whether it be parts, spares, riding kit, memorabilia, cleaning products or even project bikes. THE BIRCHALL BROTHERS AND SCOOTER WORLD A classic motorcycle show isn’t complete without a star guest, and this year is double the fun with sidecar duo Ben and Tom Birchall headlining the event. The pair will join regular compere Steve Plater on stage for interviews and 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. And the brothers won’t be the only famous names in attendance as triple British scooter champion Stuart...

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Rare RAF survivor to headline Bristol show auction

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016

Rare RAF survivor to headline Bristol show auction

A 1967 BSA motorcycle used by the RAF police is set to go under the hammer at the upcoming Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show on February 4-5, estimated to reach £5000-£6000. Part of a classic and vintage auction run by Charterhouse, the rare machine will be sold on the second day of the event at Somerset’s Royal Bath & West Showground, with viewing in the auction hall open throughout the weekend – although a catalogue is required for entry on Sunday costing £10. Head of motorcycles at Charterhouse Matthew Whitney said: “It is believed to be one of just three known survivors as the vast majority of these bikes have been civilianised or scrapped during the last 50 years.” The 1967 BSA B40 was bought as a retirement project by the current owner and features its correct and rare original fairing, blue light, higher handlebars and RAF blue saddlebags. It is fitted with a 350cc engine. Charterhouse is accepting further entries for the sale, and interested parties should contact Matthew Whitney or Nicola Holmes for more information… Tel: 01935 812277 Email: info@charterhouse-auction.com MORE INFO AND TICKETS As for the event itself, several clubs will go all out to impress with their extravagant displays and individuals will vie for the awards by showcasing their pride and joy in the private entry area. The halls will be packed with trade stands and there’s a huge autojumble, too. What more could you want from a weekend!? Discount advance tickets for the show are now on sale, with a one day adult pass costing £11 when bought before 11.59 on Sunday, January 29 – that’s a £2 saving on the gate price. There are further savings for senior citizens, under-12s and there’s FREE parking. To buy your tickets call the team on 01507 529529 or visit the EVENT PAGE and follow the links....

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