Stunning Machines Steal The Show At Telford Off-Road Event
IMAGE – Steve Butler and Glenn Whittock stand proudly beside their Best in Show Maico
FIVE thoroughly deserving bikes became the Class of 2015 this past weekend as the Putoline Classic Dirt Bike Show selected the machines judged to be the best on display within its halls.
Classic Bike Shows, the event’s new owner, enjoyed a successful debut at the Telford International Centre on February 21-22, and the winning machines typified the superb standard on offer for visitors.
Steve Butler, Glenn Whittock and Terry House had even more reason to celebrate as their 1981 Maico Mega 2 was selected as the overall Best in Show from the category winners, despite the trio not even being aware they were eligible to claim a trophy.
“The bike is in mint condition having been recently built and we wanted to come to the show, catch up with some old friends and then officially present the machine to Terry so he can use it in competition,” Glenn said.
“We didn’t know we were officially entering it to be judged and so we were delighted to find out we’d won not only the Best Motocross award, but the overall Best in Show.”
The story was made more special given the fact one of the men responsible for the bike, Steve Butler, had previously worked as a principal Grand Prix mechanic for the Maico factory and had built the Mega 2 using original techniques he had used during his time there.
Steve said: “The bike is built and ready to go. It’s based on the engine design from the successful 1980 season when four of the bikes I worked on finished in the top 10 in the opening race in Austria.”
His long-time friend and colleague Glenn had then used modern engineering methods to refine the bike ready for use in events this year.
“Glenn came to me as a young, aspiring mechanic and has become somewhat of a protégé of mine. We’ve worked on the bike together and, with the history involved in it, it’s been quite an emotional experience to bring it to the show, all topped off by winning this award,” he added.
The other class winners at Telford were: Best Road Racer – Steve Linsdell’s Royal Enfield 350cc; Best Trials – John May’s 1965 Bultaco 10 Sherpa; Best Enduro – Heidi Cockerton’s 1965 Suzuki S10 and Best Grasstrack/Speedway – Paul Muller’s 1974 Jawa Speedway.
Along with the award-winning machines on display, history-making bikes from the off-road and road-racing worlds graced the event including a rare Norton Kneeler from the Sammy Miller Museum and the Honda on which Graham Noyce claimed world motocross glory in 1979.
Noyce himself was in attendance at the show and spoke on stage with Classic Dirt Bike editor Tim Britton, but not before he was reunited with his 500cc factory ride for the first time in more than 20 years.
Bargain hunters were left happy too as trade and autojumble plots took up every available inch of space at the venue selling all manner of off-road parts, pieces, accessories and riding kit.
Event organiser Richard Graham said: “The effort from the clubs, private entrants and organisations to bring together this incredible array of bikes has been superb and all the credit must go to them.
“My thanks go as well to the traders who’ve made the trip and brought together the range they have for all those who came through the doors.
“I couldn’t have wished for a better start for the Putoline Classic Dirt Bike Show and I’m already looking forward to getting started on plans for next year.”
Classic Bike Shows returns to action with the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford on April 25-26, one of the largest classic bike exhibition’s in the world. See the Classic Bike Shows website for more details.