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 Day headlines the Scooter World hall which has become a hugely popular part of the show. Along with clubs and individuals showing off their scooters, there will be skills challenges, rebuild competitions, a custom show, charity auction and firing up start-up sessions.
TICKETS AND INFO
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.
Here’s the full list of clubs which will be at the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic. You can pick up a FREE show guide at the event for further details…
Air Cooled Suzuki
AJS & Matchless Pre-65 Trials
British Historic Racing
BSA Gold Star Owners Club
Christian Motorcyclists Association
Classic Racing Motorcycle Club
Formula Prostocks Racing Club
Italian Motorcycle Owners Club
Lightweight Two Stroke
London Douglas Motorcycle Club
Maico Owners Club
National Association of Bikers With a Disability
Owd Codgers MCC and Friends
Robin Hood County Riders
Skegness and District MCC
Supermono – GB
Sunbeam Owners Fellowship
Trident Owners Club 3
UK 2 Stroke
Velocette Owners Club
VMCC – Mid/South Lincs and Peterborough sections
Virago Star Owners Club
Our full trade list is now ONLINE. Click the link to see who’s selling this weekend.