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The 37th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show

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  • Date: Sat, Feb 04, 2017 - Sun, Feb 05, 2017
  • Venue: The Royal Bath & West
  • Location: The Royal Bath & West, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN

Ticket prices

DescriptionAdvance PriceGate Price
Adult One Day£11£13
Adult Two Day£22-
Senior Citizen One Day£9£11
Senior Citizen Two Day£18-
Children (Under 12) One Day£3£4
Children (Under 12) Two Day£6-

Opening Times:
Saturday – 9:30am-5pm
Sunday – 9:30am-4pm

The Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, is the venue for the traditional Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show – an event that many deem as their favourite of the year.

With a friendly atmosphere, Classic Bike Shows’ annual trip to Britain’s southwest is well known for the extravagant exhibitions put on by the local motorcycle clubs who go all out to impress.

Add several inside halls filled with a blend of traders, dealers and autojumble stands, it’s a must for any true classic enthusiast.

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 of Clouds Hill 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 on the Taw & Torridge Classic Bike Club stand; having recently been renovated, it’s now in a roadworthy condition for the first time in approximately 60 years.


Showguide starts on page 21

For all logistical information, including trade, club and private entry exhibition information contact:

Event planner: Nick Mowbray
Phone | 01507 529429
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Sales executive: Sophie Brown
Phone | 01507 529436
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For editorial, images and ticket competition packages contact:

PR and communications executive: Jack Harrison
Phone | 01507 529542
Mobile | 07500 446468
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There may be flashing lights used at this event.

Carole Nash is once again proud and excited to support the 37th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show. Our team will be on hand at the event to chat with visitors and answer any questions you may have about your insurance, so don’t forget to come to the stand and say hello. While you’re there you can pick up a Carole Nash goody bag, and get all the info you need to download our amazing insidebikes app! It includes a breathtaking experience that puts you in the saddle of Rocket Ron Haslam’s Honda superbike speeding around Donington GP circuit. We certainly can’t wait to get there and see some of the UK’s finest classic machines in all their glory, and we look forward to meeting you.

Abbie Parmeshwar
Show and events manager, Carole Nash