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HAGON PRODUCTS CELEBRATES 60 YEARS IN BUSINESS AT THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018

HAGON PRODUCTS CELEBRATES 60 YEARS IN BUSINESS AT THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW

THE Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks, held at the Telford International Centre across the weekend of February 17-18, will house one of the biggest displays of Hagon bikes ever seen in one place. From humble beginnings in the family garden shed during his early racing career, Alf Hagon grew his company into a well-respected suspension specialist in its own right that is known across the globe and now run by his son Martin Hagon. As part of the company’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Hagon Products has asked anyone with a Hagon-framed bike to bring it to the show and there will be trophies for the best three Hagon bikes in show alongside the usual accolades given out each year. Hagon Shocks will also be taking an impeccable collection of bikes to the event, including a Hagon-JAP drag bike which was the first bike outside the US to run a sub 10-second quarter mile. The drag bike set two world records, the fastest standing start kilometre and the fastest standing start quarter mile at Elvington in 1967. Other machines from the Hagon family’s collection which will be at the show include: the Hagon-JAP grass track bike, the Hagon 500cc speedway bike and a Hagon long track bike which Martin Hagon rode to second place in the 1990 British Masters Championship. Grass track legend Alf Hagon will be a guest of honour at the show alongside Jeff Smith, Gerrit Wolsink, Colin Dommett and Peter Duke; he will be interviewed about his career exploits each day by Jack Burnicle. Tony Hutchison from Hagon Shocks said: “We have asked for anybody with a Hagon-framed bike to bring it along, and each bike (and owner) could tell a story or two about their exploits, we’re sure! “We hope you all have your bloodhound instincts finely tuned to uncover that elusive part for the coming riding season or project bike among the vast array of parts and bikes on display.” The show is sure to have something that will tickle your fancy as clubs and private entries pack into the venue to display the most fascinating collection of historic off-road machines you’ll find under one roof. They will be joined by a mass of traders offering everything from parts, accessories, riding kit and project bikes to tempt you – and that’s not even including the autojumble, which opens an hour before the show...

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A DIRTY WEEKEND IN TELFORD – THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018

A DIRTY WEEKEND IN TELFORD – THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW

EUROPE’S largest classic off-road show, The Classic Dirt Bike Show – sponsored by Hagon Shocks – returns to the International Centre, Telford, Shropshire, over the weekend of February 17-18, and promises a treat for classic enthusiasts who enjoy playing in the dirt. Enthusiasts with a passion for classic trials, enduro, scrambles and speedway flock to Telford to see the very best in off-road dealer stands and private individual restorations. And the outside autojumble, focusing on off-road sport, has bargains for all tastes. Road race fans aren’t forgotten either at the Classic Off Road Show, with a lineup of mouthwatering road racers, brought to you by Classic Racer magazine, including TT-winning machinery. The Classic Dirt Bike Show has always boasted some great off-road guests and 2018 will be no exception. Gerrit Wolsink, five times winner of the 500cc United States Grand Prix, and who finished third in the 500cc world championship in 1975 and 1977 and second in 1976 and 1979, tops the bill, along with Colin Dommett, off-road all-rounder, and Peter Duke, a successful off-road rider, ISDT competitor, and founder of the Duke DVD empire. All three will be interviewed each day by Jack Burnicle. Jeff Smith MBE also makes the transatlantic journey from his long-time home in the USA! The two-time Motocross (Scrambles) World Champion will have copies of his new book at the show. The show’s loyal sponsor, Hagon Shocks, celebrates its 60th anniversary at the show and the Hagon family will celebrate with the largest collection of Hagon competition motorcycles ever assembled. Hagon Shocks founder and Grasstrack legend Alf Hagon will also be a guest at the show and will be interviewed on-stage each day. Discounted advance tickets start at £12 for an adult and close at 8.30am on Tuesday, 13 February. Click here for...

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BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW: CHARTERHOUSE AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018

BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW: CHARTERHOUSE AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

The Charterhouse Auction room opens its doors every year at the Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show and you are always guaranteed to find a gem or two. Viewing is free on Saturday with the purchase of a show ticket and then it is £10 for the catalogue on the Sunday.  Whether you’re looking for a project or a classic motorcycle where the hard work has been done for you, there’s something for everyone at this event, no matter what your budget. Take a look at some of the auction highlights below, for more enquiries about their entire lot visit their website here. A 1976 Honda 750/Four. Estimate: 6,500 GBP – 7,500 GBP   A 1940 Indian Chief. Estimate: 28,000 GBP – 32,000 GBP A 1974 Triumph T150 V Rickman Metisse cafe racer. Estimate: 8,000 GBP – 9,000 GBP A circa 1948 BSA B33 restoration project. Estimate: 400 GBP – 600 GBP A 2014 Harley Davidson DYNA Switchback sidecar combination. Estimate: 12,000 GBP – 14,000 GBP A 2007 Harley Davidson Road King. Estimate: 9,000 GBP – 11,000 GBP A 1998 Honda Blackbird CBR1100. Estimate: 2,500 GBP – 2,800 GBP A 1964 Royal Enfield Interceptor Mk I. Estimate: 8,000 GBP – 9,000 GBP A 1978 Cotton 250cc LCRS ex junior TT road racer. Estimate: 9,000 GBP – 10,000 GBP A 1983 Ducati Darmah 900. Estimate: 10,000 GBP – 12,000 GBP A 1935 Cotton JAP 25J restoration project. Estimate: 3,000 GBP – 4,000 GBP A 1983 MZ TS125. Estimate: 450 GBP – 550 GBP A 1980 Honda 250 scrambler restoration project. Estimate: 200 GBP – 300 GBP    If you want to put one of your bikes under the hammer, please contact Matthew Whitney or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at...

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THE BEST IN THE WEST – BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW IS BACK

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

THE BEST IN THE WEST – BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW IS BACK

The 38th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show promises to add colour and excitement to a winter weekend and deliver something for every biking enthusiast to enjoy. Held over the weekend of February 3-4, the event will see enthusiasts flock to the south-west of England to scour the autojumble for bargains, watch the hammer fall on intriguing auction lots and savour the sense of occasion generated by motorcycle club members proudly displaying their classic steeds. Having outgrown its original Bristol base, the show moved a few miles south to the spacious surroundings of the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, and has continued to expand ever since – with dealers, traders and visitors all enjoying its friendly atmosphere. Motorcycle clubs have always been at the heart of the Bristol show and will once again rival even the market-leading Carole Nash Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford in both quantity and quality. The addition of the Charterhouse Auction created an exciting new dimension to the show and the 2018 sale already has an array of interesting lots booked in, ranging from a Cotton road racer to a very desirable Norton Atlas. Viewing is on the Saturday, with lots being auctioned the next day. Of course, autojumble is at the heart of any good classic show and although the event takes place in the West Country it attracts jumblers and trade stands from all corners of the UK and even continental Europe. Event organiser Nick Mowbray said: “What better way to shrug off the winter blues than with a visit to this popular show? We strive to deliver an event that keeps on getting better and better and believe this year’s Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show will be the best yet.” Discounted advance tickets are now on sale for the show, with a one-day adult pass costing just £11 available until 8:30am on Monday 29 January 2018. Tickets will also be available on the gate at £13. Advance tickets for children (Under-12s) are £3 each, also available until 8.30am on Monday 29 January and £4 on the gate. For more information visit classicbikeshows.com A message from show sponsors, Carole Nash: “As proud sponsors of the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show 2018, the team from Carole Nash will be in full effect at this year’s action-packed event. Come and say hello at the Carole Nash stand, where we’ll show off a very special classic bike, giving out...

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MODS AND ROCKERS – A NEW WAY OF LIFE FOR NEWARK JANUARY SHOW

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017

MODS AND ROCKERS – A NEW WAY OF LIFE FOR NEWARK JANUARY SHOW

ELEMENTS of the scooter/motorcycle rivalry of the mid-60s will be showcased at the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic show. The motorcycling event, now in its seventh year, takes place at Newark Showground on January 6-7 and has been expanded by two halls for 2018. Among the many attractions on offer will be a Retro area dedicated to the 50s, 60s and 70s; slap bang in the middle of that time period was the collision of youth cultures that defined what the press came to call ‘the Mods and Rockers’ era.Visitors and traders alike are encouraged to join in the fun by dressing in their finest Mod or Rocker gear to enjoy a faux-seaside atmosphere reminiscent of Brighton, Clacton or Hastings during the heyday of the two movements. Prizes will be on offer from the organisers to the best-dressed Mod and Rocker. The Retro area will also feature gentlemen’s grooming specialists Arthur Razor from West London. Known to stars such as Colin Firth and Tim Vincent, the pop-up barber shop will be offering great contemporary and vintage haircuts and excellent traditional wet shaves to visitors. Alongside the Retro area will be the show-within-a-show that is Scooter World – which this year will feature the sounds of the scooterist internet radio station, Mod Radio, as well as some of the finest custom scooters on the scene today. Another adjoining hall will also contain a dedicated ‘Pit Area’ which will reflect the atmosphere of a race paddock and will include a ‘Blast From The Past’ bike start-up area which will see highly-tuned sprint and race machines revved-up for your enjoyment – earplugs are optional! Event planner Vicky Bean said: “Outside it might be the depths of winter, but inside we’re aiming to recreate those hazy lazy days of mid-summer at a south coast resort during the golden age of two-wheeled travel. Visitors will be able to explore the sights and sounds of our Retro area before stepping into Scooter World halls for a dedicated scooterist experience. “Why not escape those post-Christmas blues to join us for some scooter and motorcycle-related retro enjoyment among like-minded enthusiasts!” Beyond the Retro area and Scooter World, visitors will be able to explore and admire hundreds of beautiful classic bikes, pick up parts for their project, or find spares for the motorcycling year ahead. Discounted advance tickets are now on sale for the show, with...

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GUEST SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW DINNER

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017

GUEST SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW DINNER

THE countdown has begun to the biggest classic off-road event of the year, so it’s all eyes on the Telford International Centre, which will host the two-day Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks over the weekend of February 17-18, 2018. As traditional as the event itself, the Saturday evening of the show sees the hosting of a three-course, sit-down meal while off-road legends recount memories of their exploits to assembled guests. The dinner costs just £33 per person (vegetarian option available) and takes place at the Holiday Inn on site. The guest speakers for 2018 are: Gerrit Wolsink – Dutch five times winner of the 500cc United States Grand Prix of motocross, who finished third in the 500cc world championship in 1975 and 1977 and second in 1976 and 1979. Colin Dommett – Solo trials for the Cotton factory, competing in the ISDT, classic scrambling and latterly becoming the voice of the classic scrambles scene behind the commentator’s microphone. And he’s still competing, 60 years on! Peter Duke – Successful off-road rider, ISDT competitor, founder of the Duke DVD empire and the son of late world champion motorcycle racer Geoff Duke. The Classic Dirt Bike Show itself will feature Gerrit, Colin and Peter, plus top 35 Maico rider Roger Garrett – all interviewed during the day by Jack Burnicle. Lastly, 2018 marks Hagon Shocks’ 60th anniversary and to celebrate, the Classic Dirt Bike Show will have the largest collection of Hagon competition motorcycles ever assembled. The Hagon family will also be joining us at the dinner table. Exhibition planner, Andrew Catton, said: “The meal will allow guests to hear fascinating tales from the storied careers of legends in the motorcycle industry. The Dirt Bike Show dinner is a special night in the off-road world not to be missed!” Call 01507 529529 now to reserve your place or visit...

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KIWI AARON SLIGHT BRINGS THE SUN TO A PACKED STAFFORD CLASSIC BIKE SHOW

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017

KIWI AARON SLIGHT BRINGS THE SUN TO A PACKED STAFFORD CLASSIC BIKE SHOW

EX-WORLD Superbike star Aaron Slight showed that he really is ‘The People’s Champion’ as thousands of visitors packed into the huge annual event to meet their hero and take advantage of the autumn sun. Compere Steve Plater spoke to Slight about his career, life as a WSB rider and teased out some entertaining stories during on-stage interviews at the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show over the weekend of October 14-15. Also attracting a lot of attention were Barry Sheene’s two world championship-winning RG500s in the Suzuki Village at Staffordshire County Showground. These same bikes wowed the crowds when they were fired up in the Classic Racer GP Paddock on the Sunday, along with a handful of replica Aaron Slight Castrol Honda RC45s. And it was a Bridgestone which stole the headlines in the event awards, with Bill Millar’s rare 1967 Bridgestone 350 GTR – displayed in the private entries area – scooping the honour of Best in Show. The Bonhams’ auction autumn sale, another Stafford favourite, once again demonstrated the strength of the classic bike market as a 1914 Henderson 1068cc Model C Four sold for £113,500, contributing to a sale total of £2,752,416. Hundreds of trade stands did a roaring trade while enthusiasts enjoyed live action during the weekend from the GP Paddock, Classic Dirt Bike Experience and the Cavalcade. The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club also offered expert advice and entertained in the Restoration Theatre. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “It was superb weekend and we had great weather for the duration. Aaron Slight really caused a stir on the main stage and we saw long queues after each interview with people wanting to meet Aaron and have items signed. The quality of bikes on display was unprecedented and we would like to thank everyone for bringing their amazing machines along. “All in all the show has been an undoubted success, and we look forward to returning in April for yet another Stafford classic.” Events manager at Carole Nash, Kirsty Garner, said: “We were the proud sponsors of the 24th Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show. With surprisingly lovely weather for the time of year, this was a successful show for traders and visitors alike. Can’t wait to see you all again in April!” Two-wheel action returns to Staffordshire County Showground on April 21-22, 2018 for the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show. Details for that, and other events,...

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Suzuki Village at Stafford Classic Bike Show to display a whole host of rare machines

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017

Suzuki Village at Stafford Classic Bike Show to display a whole host of rare machines

VISITORS to the upcoming Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – October 14-15 – will have the opportunity to get up close to a variety of rare Suzukis, including the two RG500s which Barry Sheene powered to world championship success in 1976 and 1977. The iconic red, white and yellow machines will be joined by Kevin Schwantz’s 1993 championship-winning red and white RGV500 and Kenny Roberts Jr’s 2000 MotoGP World Championship-winning blue and yellow RGV500, all under one roof at the bumper annual event. Also appearing in the village will be owners’ clubs and a handful of selected traders selling parts and giving showgoers helpful advice on all Suzuki-based enquiries. Tim Davies, Suzuki marketing co-ordinator, said: “We’re incredibly excited to get back to this year’s Stafford show, and this year we will be bringing as many classic bikes and iconic race bikes as we can fit in the lorry! “It’s shaping up to be another great event, and we’re also looking forward to seeing the displays from the Kettle Club, the Suzuki Owners’ Club, the GT X7 Club, Air-Cooled Suzuki and Katana Club, and the guys from Robinsons Foundry. Plus, we’re excited to welcome Suzuki Performance Spares to the village area, too.” The line-up includes the Pepsi-coloured RGV500 ridden by Kevin Schwantz, which is regarded as the most iconic race bike ever, and many other rare Suzukis. The Suzuki Village sits within two jam-packed days at the annual Stafford event, which this year includes flying Kiwi Aaron Slight – undoubtedly the best rider never to win the World Superbike title –as guest of honour. On site will be nearly 1000 trade and autojumble stalls, the Classic Racer Grand Prix Paddock, unique Restoration Theatre and Classic Dirt Bike Hall. The Stafford Bonham’s auction has also become as traditional an October treat as the show itself and will once again be held on the Sunday. Tickets cost just £12 for adults, £11 for seniors or £3 for under-12s if bought in advance. Parking is free. To find out more or to book advance tickets go to www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com/october or call 01507...

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