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RECORD BREAKING SALES EQUALS ANOTHER SUPER STAFFORD!

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018

RECORD BREAKING SALES EQUALS ANOTHER SUPER STAFFORD!

The 25th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show was once more another great success with crowds flocking to Stafford showground over the weekend of the 13 -14 October. The big news of the show came from Bonhams who produced a record-breaking sale achieving £3.4 million! The star of which was the ex-C.F Edwards, 1925 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Sand Racer Project, which despite being completely dismantled, achieved more than double its estimate and sold for £264,500 – the highest amount ever achieved for a dismantled Brough Superior! James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Motorcycle Department UK said, “Once again, the Bonhams motorcycle department has achieved exactly what it set out to – to sell the best machines on the market at the best prices. Our realistic estimates attracted bidders from across the globe, and bidding throughout was incredibly lively. We are absolutely thrilled with the results of the sale, we look forward to our Spring Sale in April and continuing to consign the widest possible range of top machinery and automobilia.” Bike fans had plenty to get excited about at the show, including for the first time in the history of Cagiva, a stunning display of 11 of the red racers being displayed in one place! The machines, part of the collection owned by Dean Simpkins and his father Martyn, are all genuine factory racers, ridden by some of Grand Prix racing’s greatest riders, including the Eddie Lawson and John Kocinski 500cc race-winning bikes. Exhibition Manager Nick Mowbray said, “Once more we’ve had a great October show here at Stafford. With the addition of a brand new Off- Road Hall, the famous Classic Racer GP Paddock, along with stunning bike displays and  the wonderful and expansive mix of club stands, there has been something for everyone and we look forward to returning next...

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THE ORIGINAL TT TROPHY

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018

THE ORIGINAL TT TROPHY

REM FOWLER’S ISLE OF MAN TT HIP FLASK OFFERED AT BONHAMS AUTUMN STAFFORD SALE Motorcycle legend Harry Rembrandt ‘Rem’ Fowler’s hip flask, awarded following his success at the 1907 inaugural Isle of Man TT race, will be offered at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on 13 and 14 October. The engraved commemorative silver hip flask in a protective leather case was awarded to Fowler by H. G. Parkes Esq. on his return home to Birmingham from the infamous racetrack. Estimate £20,000-30,000. On Tuesday 28 May 1907, 25 racers set out to complete 10 laps on the St. John’s Short Course on the Isle of Man, marking the beginning of a competition now referred to in the industry as ‘the suicide mission’. The track’s already treacherous conditions were worsened by the TT organiser’s decision to ‘smooth’ the road surface with an acid solution which burnt through the riders’ clothes and made the 158 ⅛ mile race even more perilous. Despite Fowler experiencing several faults with his bike, he only narrowly missed the overall first-place position. During the race, Fowler’s drive-belts and spark-plugs failed, and on lap seven his tyre burst causing him to crash at 60 mph on the sticky “Devil’s Elbow”. After the crash, Fowler was on the verge of retiring from the race, until a spectator informed him that he was still winning the two-cylinder class by half an hour’s lead. Regardless of the adverse track conditions and numerous near-fatal lapses, Fowler retained the first-place pole for a two-cylinder bike and achieved the fastest average lap speed of 42.91mph on his Birmingham-made Norton 5hp motorcycle. Whilst Charlie Collier won the 108 cm tall Senior TT Trophy, Fowler was awarded this hip-flask from H. G. Parkes Esq. The flask is a fitting prize for the driver who gained Dutch courage from a brandy tonic to soothe his pre-race nerves. Ben Walker, Global Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams, commented: ‘This hip flask is arguably one of the single most important pieces of motorcycle memorabilia extant. It marks the beginning of a competition that has grown from 25 competitors speeding round an island to one of the largest and most celebrated motorcycle races in the world. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an enthusiast to own one of the most important pieces of TT history in...

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THE WORLD’S FASTEST PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE OFFERED AT BONHAMS

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018

THE WORLD’S FASTEST PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE OFFERED AT BONHAMS

On Sunday 14 October at its Autumn Stafford Sale, Bonhams will offer several of the world’s most iconic superbikes of the modern age including a 1993 Honda NR750 with less than 1,500km from new and a 2017 Kawasaki H2R Ninja Racing Motorcycle amongst various others. The Willowbrook Collection, comprised of more than 80 important machines, is joining the already impressive 400 lot line-up of the two-day Autumn Stafford Sale. Many machines – including the majority of the Willowbrook Collection – are to be offered without reserve. When the NR750 was released, Honda proclaimed: ‘There is no limit to the places a dream can carry you. All it takes is the determination to get there.’ This is demonstrated by the owner’s incredible resolve to source and curate this diverse collection of machines spanning more than 90 years of motorcycle production. The last word in motorcycling exotica in its day, the 1993 Honda NR750 (£60,000 – 80,000) cost five times as much as the newly introduced FireBlade when it was introduced.  Equally rousing is the c.2017 Kawasaki H2R Ninja Racing Motorcycle (£25,000 – 35,000) the world’s fastest production motorcycle, a supercharged 310bhp monster, capable of propelling its rider close to 400 kmph. Other highlights of the collection include: 1928 AJS 500cc K8 OHV (£7,000 – 9,000) 1938 Excelsior 500cc Manxman (£16,000 – 22,000) 1962 BSA 646CC Rocket Gold Star with matching numbers and documented from new (£17,000 – 22,000) 1977 Triumph 744cc T140 Silver Jubilee that has covered just 11 miles from new (£7,000 – 10,000) c.1988 Yamaha RD350 F2 that has covered less than a mile from new (£9,000 – 12,000) LOT PREVIEW www.bonhams.com/autumnstafford FURTHER ENTRIES INVITED Further entries are invited, and it couldn’t be easier to consign. Simply email ukmotoryccles@bonhams.com or submit a Complimentary Auction Appraisal Request at...

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FIVE REASONS TO MAKE A DATE IN YOUR DIARY FOR NETLEY!

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018

FIVE REASONS TO MAKE A DATE IN YOUR DIARY FOR NETLEY!

Fancy a weekend of bikes, bargains and banter? This year’s Carole Nash Eurojumble is celebrating its 25th year and is ticking all the boxes for bike enthusiasts. Gates will open from 9am on both days of the event – Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1. Here are the top five reasons to visit… Thousands of bargains If you are looking for a great day out filled with motorcycle bargains, the Netley Eurojumble is the place to be! More than 300 traders showcased their wares at last year’s event and this year is set to be even bigger. With a mammoth display of spare parts, tools, books, magazines, signs and even complete machines, you can be certain you’ll find exactly what you were looking for. Saturday Garage Clear Out Are you looking to rehome your pre-loved biking possessions? Come to Netley on the Saturday and pitch up from as little as £20. Visitors can set up a one-day trading plot and put their biking goods in the eyeline of thousands of bike enthusiasts looking for that missing piece. Charterhouse Auction Full machines will be under the hammer at the Charterhouse Auction on the Friday, with the bidding starting at 1pm. Lots under the hammer this year include a 1935 Ariel Red Hunter, a 1937 Sunbeam Model 8, a 1947 BSA C11 and a stunning 1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow. Camping available Showgoers are welcome to camp at Netley Marsh on Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31. At just £60 for two people, you can enjoy a break away while rummaging through mountains of motorcycle paraphernalia. Entry to the show is also included in the price. Quick and easy e-tickets Simply buy your advance ticket today; you’ll then receive an email with your ticket attached. Print off your e-ticket or show your ticket on your phone at the gate for quick and easy entry to the show. Parking at the event is free. For more information about the Carole Nash Eurojumble, click here....

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CLASSIC BIKE GUIDE AT STAFFORD!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018

CLASSIC BIKE GUIDE AT STAFFORD!

As well as the many incredible bikes and superb club stands to see, if you would like a laugh come to see the Classic Bike Guide team attempting to build their classic race-bike, live on the Mortons magazine subscriptions stand in the Main Hall. A humble 1971 Honda CL350, left neglected and seized since 1976 in an American barn, is hopefully going to be transformed into a competitive race bike for classic race series with the CRMC and BHR clubs in the UK, as well as some road-racing in Belgium. This is no factory-supported effort though; the idea is to see if anyone can build a bike that is competitive enough, yet without spending the children’s inheritance. Begging, borrowing and occasionally stealing may occur… The CL350 is a scrambler-styled variant of the CB350, which was only imported to the USA. The main differences to the CB that we got in the UK are a different tank, forks, bars, wheel sizes and some rather attractive, but more restrictive high-level exhaust pipes.  The 325cc four-stroke parallel-twin, with its five-speed gearbox, is the same. In racing, these bikes are often called the K4; due to the fact the fourth incarnation had a disc brake at the front rather than a drum, allowing it better brakes for racing. In today’s series, you are allowed to run several lighter, stronger frames like the TAB or Drixton frames, but Classic Bike Guide are sticking with the original, albeit strengthened and tweaked. Many racers use the better suspension from the larger 500cc models, but CBG are going to have to see what’s left in the coffers. Any advice would be gratefully received – or just come and wish them luck! Subscriptions to Classic Bike Guide are available from the Main Stand in the Main Hall – in front of the private entry display. Make sure you head over and chat to one of the team to find out the latest...

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TOP ROAD RACER AND EX-HONDA RACING BOSS NEIL TUXWORTH AT SHOW

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018

TOP ROAD RACER AND EX-HONDA RACING BOSS NEIL TUXWORTH AT SHOW

RACING legend and ‘King Maker’ Neil Tuxworth has been confirmed as the guest of honour at the 38th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show on April 21-22 at Stafford County Showground. Tuxworth is a racing legend – from his first track outing at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire, in 1969 aboard a humble BSA Bantam to racing in British National and International meetings scoring podiums and wins. With a love of road racing it was inevitable he would be drawn to the greatest challenge in motorcycle sport – the Isle of Man TT – racking up a Manx Grand Prix win, a runner-up spot in the Formula 2 TT and five third places. Neil followed the Continental Circus as much as possible, scoring Grand Prix World Championship points in the UK, Austria, and Finland, and his desire to race anything with two wheels that saw him compete in motocross, sand racing and even ice racing during the winter months. In 1986, he came very close to paying the ultimate price for his sport. A huge crash at Aberdare Park had medics and Neil’s family initially fearing for his life. He battled through, only to be told he may never walk again. Malc Wheeler, Mortons Media Group associate director and a friend of Tuxworth’s, recalled how he witnessed his fight back to fitness: “Believe me, inside the pleasant, well-mannered man you’ll see on stage at the show is a true man of steel. Obviously after a warning like that you hang up your leathers? Not Neil. It’s going to be fascinating listening to all the stories at the show, I’m sure there are some I haven’t heard!” In later years, Neil is most widely known for managing many of Honda’s racing efforts. He was the mastermind behind household racing names such as Joey Dunlop, John Kocinski  and Colin Edwards to name but a few, giving Honda multiple World and National championship titles. It’s guaranteed that Neil’s time on stage at the show will be entertaining. With so much achieved in all aspects of racing and race management, his stories are sure to captivate.       The Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford is the biggest classic bike show in the world. It’s packed with thousands of classic machines and is the natural home for bike clubs to meet and show off their motorcycles. It boasts the largest autojumble anywhere...

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THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW SPONSORED BY HAGON SHOCKS MOVES UP ANOTHER GEAR

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018

THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW SPONSORED BY HAGON SHOCKS MOVES UP ANOTHER GEAR

THOUSANDS of off-road fans descended on Telford’s International Centre last weekend to meet dirt bike legends and admire an array of classic machinery. The Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks is Europe’s largest classic off-road event for classic trials, enduro, scrambles and speedway bikes. The halls were filled to the rafters with some of the very best in off-road bikes from numerous clubs and private restorations, while the outside autojumble focusing on off-road sport was also busy with tons of bargains to be had. The star guests – Gerrit Wolsink, Colin Dommett, Peter Duke and Alf Hagon – caused a stir as they spoke about their career exploits on stage with Jack Burnicle. Jeff Smith MBE also made the transatlantic journey to sign copies of his new book at the show. The coveted Best in Show prize was awarded to a stunning 1969 Jawa 420 motocross bike owned by Bill Henson. Other weekend winners included a 1967 250 Greeves Anglian, which won Best Trials, and the Westmorland Motor Club, who won the Best Club Stand. Event planner Andy Catton said: “The standard of bikes on display during both days of the annual show was again excellent. Clubs and individual exhibitors produced a fantastic spectacle in the venue’s halls and there were some gems to be had in the autojumble. “I would like to thank everyone who attended the show including all our traders, guests, exhibitors and our loyal sponsor, Hagon Shocks, who brought an impeccable collection of historic Hagon bikes!” The next event in the Classic Bike Shows calendar is The 38th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show, to be held at the Staffordshire County Showground on April 21-22. For more information and tickets, please visit...

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BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW – STILL THE BEST IN THE WEST

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018

BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW – STILL THE BEST IN THE WEST

It was a weekend to remember at the 38th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show, with the Best in the West event drawing huge crowds to admire the hundreds of classic machines on display. The February 3-4 show enjoyed a high number of visitors all eager to witness the delights that the show had to offer, including fascinating classic motorcycles, bargain buys on autojumble stands and a nail-biting auction to boot. Tony Pashley took home the coveted Best in Show prize with his award-winning 1934 Model 95 Sunbeam. It was once on display at the National Motorcycle Museum where it was a casualty of a devastating blaze in  2003, but was then passed into the hands of top restorer John Phyzacklea, who lovingly rebuilt it to its current condition. Since being restored the bike has been showcased at numerous shows and has quite a few awards under its metaphorical belt, such as Best Road Racing Bike and Best Pre-War Bike.   This show is renowned for the efforts from the motorcycle clubs, whose members again proved their commitment to creativity. Wells Classic Motorcycle Club won Best Club Stand in Show with its inventive shop front theme, which attracted the eyes of judges and visitors alike. New Imperial and Goldstar came in a close second and third.   Event organiser Nick Mowbray said: “What a brilliant weekend! We have received marvellous feedback from visitors and traders alike. We constantly strive to make the show bigger and better and this show has been no different.” A message from show sponsors, Carole Nash: “We were delighted to sponsor this fantastic show again, getting up close with bikes and bikers from all over the UK. It’s always one of our favourite events on the calendar and this year’s show was better than ever. The Carole Nash stand, like all others, was buzzing, and we can’t wait to be back again next year.” Attention now turns to The Classic Dirt Bike Show Sponsored by Hagon Shocks, celebrating all things classic dirt bike, at The International Centre, Telford, TF3 4JH over the weekend of February 17-18. The show is set to be an off-road jamboree for all fans of the dirt bike...

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