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Stavros Is Stafford Guest Of Honour

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016

Stavros Is Stafford Guest Of Honour

Perennial practical joker Steve Parrish will be the star guest and speaker at the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show on April 23-24. 

A popular after dinner speaker and host, Steve will bring a wealth of stories to the Stafford stage and is sure to keep those in the halls entertained as he chats with compere and fellow ITV4 TT pundit Steve Plater.

Talking about his appearance at one of the world’s premier classic motorcycle shows, Parrish said: “I have just finished restoring a 1985 FZ 750 Yamaha in conjunction with Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine, but now I’m doing some work with The Classic MotorCycle and my interest in the British classics is growing day-by-day. Like a lot of people my age, I love all the bikes I couldn’t afford when I was 16. I can certainly see a Bonneville in my garage soon.

“I might well pop in to the auction; unfortunately for me I can resist anything except temptation.

“I recently ended up with a 1961 M100 Panther sidecar outfit while I was supposed to be looking at cars in Duxford… then again sidecars have always made me smile, since I used to be scared to death in my elder brother’s Matchless when I was 12!”

Steve will be undertaking several guest duties throughout the weekend and will be available after stage interviews for signing sessions.

Steve Parrish Bio>>
Cambridgeshire lad Steve turned professional in 1976 aged 22, having shown some promise during rides in the Manx Grand Prix. He soon found success by winning the ACU Solo title in the British Motor Cycle Championship and later that same year he became teammate to Barry Sheene, taking his Suzuki to a fifth-place finish in the 1977 500cc world championship; a season which Sheene looked unbeatable on his way to the title.

Parrish returned to British-based racing in 1978 to become the 500cc British champion, and he went on to win the Shell 500 crown in both 1979 and 1980 before a superbike win in 1981.

In 1986 Parrish stepped away from active motorcycle competition, but his success in racing was far from over. Soon after, he began a truck racing career and would go on to capture the 1987 British Open Truck Racing championship before going on to dominate the British and European scene for more than a decade. At the time of his retirement in 2002, he was the most successful truck racer ever.

Alongside these exploits, Parrish had also forged a reputation as an accomplished motorcycle racing team manager and guided the UK Yamaha factory team to three British Superbike championship titles in 1987, 1989 and 1990.

Still not content, he also began commentating for BBC radio and has worked across nearly all of the major television networks in the UK covering British and world championship racing, the TT and British Touring Cars. A qualified pilot, Parrish is also a commentator for the Red Bull Air Race broadcast on Channel 4.

Away from his television duties, Parrish regularly tests vehicles and writes for many of the UK’s leading motoring magazines and is the co-author of an acclaimed biography of his late friend and former teammate Barry Sheene. He has also found time to set a Guinness World Record for the Fastest Speed Achieved in Reverse, clocking up 105mph in a Caterham car.

More recently, fans may have seen Parrish during one the many MAD Tour dates during which he’s toured theatres and venues across the country sharing tales from an incredibly varied life and career.