For the first time in the 40-year history of Cagiva, a stunning display of 11 of the fire engine red racers will be displayed in one place – at the 25th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, held in Stafford on October 13-14. 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.
Feel the ground shake in the GP Paddock
Head out to the Classic Racer GP Paddock where famous race machines of the past are fired up twice each day. Compere Steve Plater and our star guest will be on hand to give their thoughts on proceedings… that’s when they can get a word in edgeways over the deafening roar of some iconic monsters from racing’s glory days. You can almost smell the Castrol R!
Guests of honour that we’re thrilled to have
Londoner Terry Rymer burst on to the British national race scene in 1987 when, at just 19 years of age, he beat all of the top UK riders to win the Superstock race at Brands Hatch on a privately entered Yamaha FZ750. And to prove this was no ‘home’ circuit fluke, he repeated the feat at the next round at Mallory Park. In addition, Jon Ekerold and Pier Paolo Bianchi will be attending the show. South African Ekerold won the 1980 350cc World Championship on a privateer Bimota Yamaha against the might of the Kawasaki factory team and their ace rider Anton Mang. An old skool all-rounder, Jon also won the Ulster Grand Prix and finished runner-up in the Isle of Man TT twice.
Brand spanking new OFF-ROAD HALL
Appearances can be deceptive; on the outside nothing appears to have changed with the building but ‘never judge a book…’, as the well-known idiom states. The owners of the showground have spent a small fortune on a full revamp of this indoor space, located just next to the firing-up area. It has been completely refurbished, creating a brand new interior. No pillars, no gnarly carpet or crusty bar and no straw… well, maybe just a little! It’s allowed us to pack more bikes and more trade into the area, creating the best competition bike area to date, which will complement the massively popular GP Paddock.
Slip and sliding, death defying, WALL OF DEATH
The Fox family have been touring and entertaining since the 1920s. With their vintage Indian Scouts and 20ft high vertical wall, it is a show that needs to be seen to be believed! All those who witness the spectacular performance will remember it for the rest of their life. The noise, the speed, the smell, the proximity of the bikes ridden to the top of the wall (barely six inches from the audience) – it is an experience never to be forgotten!
*Entrance to the Wall of Death is chargeable.
Marvel at the finest examples of private collection motorcycles
Owners spend thousands of painstaking hours ensuring their exhibit is in its best possible condition, ready for display and inspection by the crowds and judges. As would be expected at the October show, there is a focus on Japanese machines and marques such as Suzuki, Honda, Ducati, Kawasaki and Yamaha all feature heavily. But the likes of Norton, BSA, Cotton and Sunbeam – among others – do provide a British flavour, too. Alongside the machines on the show’s club stands, the private entries will compete for a host of show awards including the coveted Best in Show.
Autojumble as far as the eye can see!
If you are looking for a great day out filled with motorcycle bargains, the 25th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show is the place to be! More than 900 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.
Club stands so good you will be begging to join them!
Classic Jap bikes, exotic continentals, rare contraptions… the wonderful and expansive mix of club stands packed into the halls at Staffordshire County Showground has it all. A quick browse of the A-Z list and all the big-hitters are there, from the likes of the multi-interest VMCC and VJMC through to the specialist owners’ clubs covering marques such as Francis-Barnett, Sunbeam, Velocette and Norton, among others.
Under the hammer at the Bonhams auction
Bonhams is a privately owned international auction house. Founded in 1793, it is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers of fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The Bonhams Motoring department is the largest auction house to hold auction sales of classic motor cars, motorcycles and related memorabilia. The auctions are held in conjunction with some of the most renowned global motoring events at truly charismatic locations.
Whatever your ride we have your read!
Head over to the main stand where you will be greeted with amazing subscription offers only available at the show! From Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, Old Bike Mart and everything else in between, there is a title for everyone’s taste from Mortons Media Group, organiser of the show and publisher of a host of motorcycling titles as well as rail, American classic car and lifestyle magazines.