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MODS AND ROCKERS – A NEW WAY OF LIFE FOR NEWARK JANUARY SHOW

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017

MODS AND ROCKERS – A NEW WAY OF LIFE FOR NEWARK JANUARY SHOW

ELEMENTS of the scooter/motorcycle rivalry of the mid-60s will be showcased at the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic show. The motorcycling event, now in its seventh year, takes place at Newark Showground on January 6-7 and has been expanded by two halls for 2018. Among the many attractions on offer will be a Retro area dedicated to the 50s, 60s and 70s; slap bang in the middle of that time period was the collision of youth cultures that defined what the press came to call ‘the Mods and Rockers’ era.Visitors and traders alike are encouraged to join in the fun by dressing in their finest Mod or Rocker gear to enjoy a faux-seaside atmosphere reminiscent of Brighton, Clacton or Hastings during the heyday of the two movements. Prizes will be on offer from the organisers to the best-dressed Mod and Rocker. The Retro area will also feature gentlemen’s grooming specialists Arthur Razor from West London. Known to stars such as Colin Firth and Tim Vincent, the pop-up barber shop will be offering great contemporary and vintage haircuts and excellent traditional wet shaves to visitors. Alongside the Retro area will be the show-within-a-show that is Scooter World – which this year will feature the sounds of the scooterist internet radio station, Mod Radio, as well as some of the finest custom scooters on the scene today. Another adjoining hall will also contain a dedicated ‘Pit Area’ which will reflect the atmosphere of a race paddock and will include a ‘Blast From The Past’ bike start-up area which will see highly-tuned sprint and race machines revved-up for your enjoyment – earplugs are optional! Event planner Vicky Bean said: “Outside it might be the depths of winter, but inside we’re aiming to recreate those hazy lazy days of mid-summer at a south coast resort during the golden age of two-wheeled travel. Visitors will be able to explore the sights and sounds of our Retro area before stepping into Scooter World halls for a dedicated scooterist experience. “Why not escape those post-Christmas blues to join us for some scooter and motorcycle-related retro enjoyment among like-minded enthusiasts!” Beyond the Retro area and Scooter World, visitors will be able to explore and admire hundreds of beautiful classic bikes, pick up parts for their project, or find spares for the motorcycling year ahead. Discounted advance tickets are now on sale for the show, with...

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GUEST SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW DINNER

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017

GUEST SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW DINNER

THE countdown has begun to the biggest classic off-road event of the year, so it’s all eyes on the Telford International Centre, which will host the two-day Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks over the weekend of February 17-18, 2018. As traditional as the event itself, the Saturday evening of the show sees the hosting of a three-course, sit-down meal while off-road legends recount memories of their exploits to assembled guests. The dinner costs just £33 per person (vegetarian option available) and takes place at the Holiday Inn on site. The guest speakers for 2018 are: Gerrit Wolsink – Dutch five times winner of the 500cc United States Grand Prix of motocross, who finished third in the 500cc world championship in 1975 and 1977 and second in 1976 and 1979. Colin Dommett – Solo trials for the Cotton factory, competing in the ISDT, classic scrambling and latterly becoming the voice of the classic scrambles scene behind the commentator’s microphone. And he’s still competing, 60 years on! Peter Duke – Successful off-road rider, ISDT competitor, founder of the Duke DVD empire and the son of late world champion motorcycle racer Geoff Duke. The Classic Dirt Bike Show itself will feature Gerrit, Colin and Peter, plus top 35 Maico rider Roger Garrett – all interviewed during the day by Jack Burnicle. Lastly, 2018 marks Hagon Shocks’ 60th anniversary and to celebrate, the Classic Dirt Bike Show will have the largest collection of Hagon competition motorcycles ever assembled. The Hagon family will also be joining us at the dinner table. Exhibition planner, Andrew Catton, said: “The meal will allow guests to hear fascinating tales from the storied careers of legends in the motorcycle industry. The Dirt Bike Show dinner is a special night in the off-road world not to be missed!” Call 01507 529529 now to reserve your place or visit...

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KIWI AARON SLIGHT BRINGS THE SUN TO A PACKED STAFFORD CLASSIC BIKE SHOW

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017

KIWI AARON SLIGHT BRINGS THE SUN TO A PACKED STAFFORD CLASSIC BIKE SHOW

EX-WORLD Superbike star Aaron Slight showed that he really is ‘The People’s Champion’ as thousands of visitors packed into the huge annual event to meet their hero and take advantage of the autumn sun. Compere Steve Plater spoke to Slight about his career, life as a WSB rider and teased out some entertaining stories during on-stage interviews at the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show over the weekend of October 14-15. Also attracting a lot of attention were Barry Sheene’s two world championship-winning RG500s in the Suzuki Village at Staffordshire County Showground. These same bikes wowed the crowds when they were fired up in the Classic Racer GP Paddock on the Sunday, along with a handful of replica Aaron Slight Castrol Honda RC45s. And it was a Bridgestone which stole the headlines in the event awards, with Bill Millar’s rare 1967 Bridgestone 350 GTR – displayed in the private entries area – scooping the honour of Best in Show. The Bonhams’ auction autumn sale, another Stafford favourite, once again demonstrated the strength of the classic bike market as a 1914 Henderson 1068cc Model C Four sold for £113,500, contributing to a sale total of £2,752,416. Hundreds of trade stands did a roaring trade while enthusiasts enjoyed live action during the weekend from the GP Paddock, Classic Dirt Bike Experience and the Cavalcade. The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club also offered expert advice and entertained in the Restoration Theatre. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “It was superb weekend and we had great weather for the duration. Aaron Slight really caused a stir on the main stage and we saw long queues after each interview with people wanting to meet Aaron and have items signed. The quality of bikes on display was unprecedented and we would like to thank everyone for bringing their amazing machines along. “All in all the show has been an undoubted success, and we look forward to returning in April for yet another Stafford classic.” Events manager at Carole Nash, Kirsty Garner, said: “We were the proud sponsors of the 24th Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show. With surprisingly lovely weather for the time of year, this was a successful show for traders and visitors alike. Can’t wait to see you all again in April!” Two-wheel action returns to Staffordshire County Showground on April 21-22, 2018 for the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show. Details for that, and other events,...

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Suzuki Village at Stafford Classic Bike Show to display a whole host of rare machines

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017

Suzuki Village at Stafford Classic Bike Show to display a whole host of rare machines

VISITORS to the upcoming Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – October 14-15 – will have the opportunity to get up close to a variety of rare Suzukis, including the two RG500s which Barry Sheene powered to world championship success in 1976 and 1977. The iconic red, white and yellow machines will be joined by Kevin Schwantz’s 1993 championship-winning red and white RGV500 and Kenny Roberts Jr’s 2000 MotoGP World Championship-winning blue and yellow RGV500, all under one roof at the bumper annual event. Also appearing in the village will be owners’ clubs and a handful of selected traders selling parts and giving showgoers helpful advice on all Suzuki-based enquiries. Tim Davies, Suzuki marketing co-ordinator, said: “We’re incredibly excited to get back to this year’s Stafford show, and this year we will be bringing as many classic bikes and iconic race bikes as we can fit in the lorry! “It’s shaping up to be another great event, and we’re also looking forward to seeing the displays from the Kettle Club, the Suzuki Owners’ Club, the GT X7 Club, Air-Cooled Suzuki and Katana Club, and the guys from Robinsons Foundry. Plus, we’re excited to welcome Suzuki Performance Spares to the village area, too.” The line-up includes the Pepsi-coloured RGV500 ridden by Kevin Schwantz, which is regarded as the most iconic race bike ever, and many other rare Suzukis. The Suzuki Village sits within two jam-packed days at the annual Stafford event, which this year includes flying Kiwi Aaron Slight – undoubtedly the best rider never to win the World Superbike title –as guest of honour. On site will be nearly 1000 trade and autojumble stalls, the Classic Racer Grand Prix Paddock, unique Restoration Theatre and Classic Dirt Bike Hall. The Stafford Bonham’s auction has also become as traditional an October treat as the show itself and will once again be held on the Sunday. Tickets cost just £12 for adults, £11 for seniors or £3 for under-12s if bought in advance. Parking is free. To find out more or to book advance tickets go to www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com/october or call 01507...

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The Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show gears up for another huge turnout

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017

The Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show gears up for another huge turnout

It’s just over a month until the world’s biggest and best celebration of classic motorcycles comes to Staffordshire County Showground. The Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show takes place over the weekend of October 14-15 and it’s no exaggeration to say this year’s event may be the best ever. No Stafford show is complete without a great guest of honour and the Classic Mechanics Show is no exception, with flying Kiwi Aaron Slight – undoubtedly the best rider never to win the World Superbike title – taking centre stage. As fast and smooth on the track as he was flamboyant and controversial off it, and often sporting a multi-coloured Mohican haircut, Slight will have some entertaining tales to share with the Stafford audience. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “We are so excited to have Aaron Slight at this year’s Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show. With more than a decade racing in the World Superbike series, the New Zealander will have plenty of great races to draw from.” On site will be nearly 1000 trade and autojumble stalls, stunning club stands and private entries – the perfect place for any classic motorcycle fan to pick up that elusive part and meet thousands of other like-minded individuals. There will also be a Suzuki Village overflowing with famous race bikes produced by Suzuki over the years, including the 1976 and 1977 world championship winning RG500s rode by Barry Sheene. This year’s Classic Racer Grand Prix Paddock promises to be the best ever, with a stunning display of Honda RC45 race bikes. Guest of honour Aaron will be drawn to the display as a large part of his World Super Bike career was as a factory Honda rider on just such a machine. All of the RCs assembled have genuine racing history, including Jim Moodie’s TT record-breaking factory bike, and many of them will be fired up during the weekend. The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, the UK’s premier club for classic Japanese bikes, will be running the unique Restoration Theatre, sharing their combined years of knowledge and experience with visitors; not to be missed if you have an interest in restoring bikes. If it’s off-road bikes you’re after then check out the Classic Dirt Bike Hall, which will hold some of the tastiest off-road machinery available anywhere. The Stafford Bonham’s auction has become as traditional an October treat as the show itself and will...

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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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