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Stafford star guests cause a stir

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016

Stafford star guests cause a stir

On Any Sunday heroes David Aldana and Gene Romero have staked their claims to be the most popular guests of honour ever to grace the Stafford show! For an event which has seen the likes of Wayne Rainey, John McGuinness and John Surtees headline in the past few years that is some statement, but the crowds which packed round the main stage today to hear them talk have been among the busiest and most excited we’ve ever seen. And, boy, can they talk! The ‘comedy duo’ had fans captivated with their engaging and entertaining tales of motorcycling’s golden era, even going so far as to drag Mooneyes John Cooper on to the stage to join them in the fun. The pair return for their final interview today (Saturday, October 15) at 4pm, and on a further two occasions tomorrow (Sunday, October 16) – more info HERE. Trust us when we say, it’s one not to be...

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The BBC at Stafford

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016

The BBC at Stafford

This weekend’s Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show is in full swing with thousands pouring through the gates for one of the world’s biggest and best classic bike events. Yesterday though, on set-up Friday, BBC Radio Lancashire paid a visit to broadcast its afternoon programme live from Staffordshire County Showground. A range of guest speakers gave their own takes on what makes the Stafford show tick, and among them were the event’s guests of honour – On Any Sunday stars Dave Aldana and Gene Romero. You can listen HERE. And don’t forget the show runs all weekend – October 15-16 – so come and check it...

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Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – Exhibitor List

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016

Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – Exhibitor List

The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Staffordshire County Showground opens its doors to the public tomorrow, and with so much excitement going on it’s easy to forget that at the heart of the Stafford show is the biggest collection of classic bike traders and autojumble stalls you will find anywhere on the planet! Project bikes, spares, parts, tools, riding gear, cleaning kit, accessories, memorabilia, reading material… you name it, our exhibitors have it for sale. To give you a chance to scope out the traders you want to see in advance of your visit, here’s a link to the up-to-date trade list: TRADE LIST.   ...

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Super sports twins lead Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford Sale

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016

Super sports twins lead Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford Sale

BONHAMS’ two annual Stafford sales have become among the most popular, well-attended and most valuable motorcycle auctions in UK, with the most recent events seeing record-breaking sales take place. This latest event looks set to follow the trend with plenty of excitement surrounding the 1924 Croft-Cameron Super Eight, which headlines hundreds of lots. With the Coventry-based company’s production only ever small-scale, this relatively rare example is expected to sell for upwards of £150,000. The V-twin has been in the same family ownership since the 1950s, and before that had only one previous owner. This Super Eight, is powered by an eight-valve 1000cc Anzani V-twin engine, and features Montgomery front forks. It has impeccable history and has hardly been seen since the 1960s, when it featured at the Earls Court motorcycle show and was ridden in several Banbury Runs. The Croft-Cameron’s last tax disc dates to 1969. Also in Bonhams’ sale are myriad fabulous motorcycles with a particularly healthy helping of veterans through to the ex-Roger Nicholls Sports Motorcycles TT Ducati. Among the other notable examples going under the hammer are  a 1948 Vincent Black Shadow, a 1907 Matchless V-Twin combination and a 1979 Kawasaki Z1000 TT racing bike. The auction takes place as part of the massive annual Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Staffordshire County Showground, October 15-16. Advance discount tickets are now on sale, offering a £2 saving against gate prices. Visit the show website for more details, or call 01507...

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McQueen’s Husky to go on show at Stafford

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

McQueen’s Husky to go on show at Stafford

AN iconic motorcycle owned and ridden by Hollywood star Steve McQueen is set to make a rare UK appearance. The matching numbers 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross will go on display near the main stage at the 23rd Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Staffordshire County Showground on Saturday, October 15, and Sunday October 16. Show exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “The ‘Husky’ is preserved as last ridden by McQueen, complete with dents, scratches and his spare spark plug duct taped to the frame. The signatures of McQueen’s son Chad and his friend Bud Ekins – the famous stunt rider for the film The Great Escape – appear on the bike.” It was bought by McQueen during the filming of highly acclaimed motorcycle sport documentary On Any Sunday and four of the film’s other stars will be at the Stafford show too – Dave Aldana, Don Emde, Mert Lawwill and Gene Romero. Husqvarnas featured heavily in On Any Sunday, putting the Swedish company firmly on the map for riders in the US and around the world. The 400 Cross was a brutal, unforgiving motorcycle, difficult to ride well, but McQueen proved he was capable of handling it, riding his own machine. Frame number MI3845 was owned by the acting icon until his death in 1980 and is the best known of all McQueen’s Huskys. It was sold at the Steve McQueen Estate Auction at Imperial Palace on November 25, 1984, in Las Vegas, Nevada, passing through three subsequent owners before being acquired by the current owner two years ago in California. The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show takes place at Staffordshire County Showground on the weekend of October 15-16 and, along with the famous machine and star guests from On Any Sunday, includes a special Suzuki Village featuring the two RG500s which Barry Sheene powered to world championship success in 1976 and 1977. There are hundreds of trade stands and autojumble plots, as well as parade laps in the Cavalcade, the firing up of race machines in the Classic Racer GP Paddock, trials demonstrations in the Classic Dirt Bike Experience, expert advice in the Restoration Theatre and hundreds of stunning lots going under the hammer in the Bonhams Stafford Autumn Sale. Advance discount tickets are on sale until 11.59pm on Sunday, October 9. For more details and to buy tickets, call 01507 529529 or visit the EVENT...

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Win lunch with our Stafford stars… plus a signed helmet!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

Win lunch with our Stafford stars… plus a signed helmet!

STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW! This is the competition to end all competitions… We’ve teamed up with Bell Helmets to give ONE lucky winner and a guest a VIP lunch at the upcoming Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford where they will get the chance to meet the stars of On Any Sunday. The massive annual event takes place on the weekend of October 15-16 at Staffordshire County Showground, with the lunch being held on the second day – Sunday, October 16. But the giveaway doesn’t stop there! The winner will also receive a signed Bell Bullitt helmet to take away with them. Here are all the details you...

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Stafford show to celebrate Sheene and Suzuki

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016

Stafford show to celebrate Sheene and Suzuki

VISITORS to the upcoming Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – October 15-16 – will have the opportunity to get up close to the two RG500s which Barry Sheene powered to world championship success in 1976 and 1977. The iconic red, black and yellow liveried machines have been shipped from the Sheene family home in Australia, and will be displayed as part of the new Suzuki Village attraction at the bumper annual event. Tim Davies of Suzuki GB said: “We couldn’t miss the opportunity to share these rare championship-winning bikes with the Stafford show crowd, especially as 2016 marks 40 years since the British racing legend’s first title win.” It’s also been confirmed that three-time BSB champion and Suzuki stalwart John Reynolds will be in attendance on Sunday. He’ll be making appearances and chatting with visitors in the marquee which will also house the Suzuki Owners Club, The Kettle Club, Air-Cooled Suzuki, Team Classic Suzuki and the GT/X7 enthusiast group. Trade will feature as well, with Robinsons Foundry selling parts and clothing, and Crooks Suzuki and Redcar Motorcycles on hand to help showgoers with any Suzuki-based classic enquiries. Detailing the rest of the line-up, Tim said: “The GSX-R750 and TL1000S road bikes which we refurbished will also be on display, while Team Classic Suzuki will be showcasing a number of other race bikes such as the XR69 ridden at the Classic TT by Michael Dunlop, an RG500 Mk10 and a pair of RGV500s, one ridden by Kevin Schwantz in Pepsi colours and the other a Movistar machine campaigned by Kenny Roberts Junior.” The Suzuki Village sits among two jam-packed days at the annual Stafford event which this year includes four of the stars from the classic cult motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday as guests of honour. There are once again hundreds of trade and autojumble stands sprawled throughout the venue, there’s live action in the Classic Racer GP Paddock, Classic Dirt Bike Experience and Cavalcade, several pristine machines will go under the hammer in the Bonhams auction and there’s expert advice on offer in the Restoration Theatre. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “Suzuki has pulled off something special getting the two famous Sheene racing bikes over to the UK, and they will take their rightful place among a packed line-up at the biggest and best modern-classic motorcycle event in the world.” The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show takes...

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Bidders aiming to land a Meteor at Netley auction

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016

Bidders aiming to land a Meteor at Netley auction

A rare 1939 Vincent HRD Meteor – estimated at more than £50,000 – is one of the star motorcycles set for the Charterhouse Auction at our upcoming Carole Nash Eurojumble. The fascinating example has undergone a complete restoration with additions such as TT racing handlebars, a TT petrol tank and TT mudguards; some of these finishing touches being completed by none other than Sammy Miller. Charterhouse’s head of motorcycling Matthew Whitney said: “This was one of the final Series A Meteors built as Vincent ceased production of the model on the outbreak of the Second World War. “It was a very quick machine in its day, capable of nearly 90 miles-per-hour – almost twice as fast as the average family saloon.” During its 77 years, this machine appears to have had just a few owners, one of which was English engineer and inventor Alex Moulton who bought it in 1947. He used the Vincent as a test bed for his prototype rubber to metal rear suspension system which was tested in Motor Cycle magazine in November that year. The sale of classic and vintage motorcycles takes place on Friday, September 2, and is part of the two-day motorcycle autojumble at Netley Marsh near Southampton. For more information on the event, including discount advance ticket details, visit...

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