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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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Telford off-road show guests of honour announced

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

Telford off-road show guests of honour announced

The countdown has begun to the biggest classic off-road event of the year, and so it’s all eyes on the Telford International Centre which will once again host the two-day Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks. Taking place across the weekend of February 18-19, one of the star guests has been confirmed as Honda’s MXGP general manager Roger Harvey (pictured) who is a motocross veteran and 1983 British 125 champion. After a riding career spanning nearly two decades, Harvey managed the Castrol Honda British and World Supersport Championship team playing a key role in the development of the Isle of Man TT Fireblade with John McGuinness. He soon returned to the dirt, however, heading up Honda’s motocross programme, and it’s a role he’s held since. Joining Harvey as special guest will be Peter Duke – a former International Six Days Enduro competitor, founder of motorcycle media giant Duke Video and son of six-time motorcycle world champion Geoff. Duke Video is the world’s biggest distributor of motorsport entertainment, and visitors will get the chance to hear about its history along with Peter’s stories about his legendary father and tales from his own life within the sport. MORE INFO Clubs and private entrants will pack into the venue once again, bringing together the most fascinating collection of historic off-road machines you’ll find under one roof, and they’ll be joined by a raft of traders offering everything from parts and spares through to accessories and riding kit, plus project bikes… if you’re tempted. There are also some incredible and rare race examples set to go on display including a 1957 V8 Moto Guzzi and 1964 500 GP Bianchi courtesy of the Sammy Miller Museum. Discount advance tickets are now on sale with a one-day adult pass costing just £11 – a £2 saving against the gate price. Those wanting early access to the autojumble on Saturday can buy an early bird ticket for £14 in advance which is a £3 discount. For more information see the EVENT PAGE or call 01507 529529. SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER As traditional as the event itself, the Saturday evening of the Hagon Shocks-sponsored Classic Dirt Bike Show sees the hosting of a three-course sit-down meal with the weekend’s guests of honour taking on speaking duties. It will cost you just £32 for a seat, which includes your food and all of the evening’s entertainment. To...

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Birchall brothers to headline the Winter Classic

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

Birchall brothers to headline the Winter Classic

Former world sidecar champions the Birchall brothers are set to kick-start the new motorcycling season at the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic show in January. The season opener will welcome Ben and Tom as it returns to Newark Showground on January 7-8 2017. Joining compere Steve Plater on stage for interviews, the duo 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. The event will offer enthusiasts the chance to explore the hundreds of classic bikes on display and, hosting a number of traders and dealers, the show will be the perfect place to grab some parts and spares to complete any restoration projects. Visitors will also be encouraged to start a new restoration, or hopefully inspired to finish off any current work being carried out ready for the year ahead. And the Winter Classic won’t just be celebrating classic motorcycles, but also scooters as the popular Scooter World hall will be making a very welcome return. Triple British scooter champion Stuart Day will be about at the event, along with local scooter clubs, private entries and traders. Event planner Nick Mowbray said: “It’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. I look forward to meeting all of the gusts and especially the Birchall brothers. I can’t wait for the 2017 season to get started.” Discounted advance tickets are now on sale for the show, with a one-day adult pass costing just £8. Get more information on the EVENT...

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Fans flock to meet the stars of On Any Sunday

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016

Fans flock to meet the stars of On Any Sunday

ON ANY SUNDAY stars David Aldana and Gene Romero have staked their claims as the most popular Stafford bike show star guests, with thousands packing in to the huge annual event to meet their heroes. Compere Steve Plater had his work cut out keeping the lively ‘comedy duo’ on track during on stage interviews at the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – October 15-16 – as they covered a range of subjects including the iconic film, their racing experiences and some entertaining stories from the glory years. Visitor Ian McDonald said: “Every year the guests of honour are great, this year they have gone up a gear… fantastic!”. Fellow showgoer Kev Hewitt added to the praise calling the pair “brilliant blokes and great characters”. Attracting attention as well as the two stars was a Husqvarna previously owned by Hollywood legend Steve McQueen who part-funded the On Any Sunday film, while the addition of the Suzuki Village at Staffordshire County Showground proved to be a hit also. Large crowds headed to the marquee to see Barry Sheene’s two world championship-winning RG500s among a host of other machines from the famous marque. And it was Suzuki which stole the headlines in the event awards with Heidi Cockerton’s rare 1965 K11T – displayed on the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club stand – scooping the honour of Best in Show. Head judge Dennis Frost called the machine “a window on a world that’s now gone” and explained that it had been an easy decision to select it for the top award: “The work Heidi has done is fantastic, and the added history of the bike made it a show stand-out. “Its documents reveal that it was imported by AMC in the mid-1960s as a road-going bike, but seems to have been modified to a trials machine with the addition of English wrist grips. There were probably only 20-30 of these made, and this is the only one we know of. “The last registered owner was in March 1968, so where the bike was between then and now creates a mystery which only adds to the intrigue.” Bonhams’ auction – another Stafford favourite – once again demonstrated the strength of the classic bike market as a 1924 Croft-Cameron Super Eight sold for £203,100, contributing to a sale total of £1,572,712. Hundreds of trade stands reported profitable weekends, enthusiasts enjoyed live action in the Classic...

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