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Classic bike show revs it up at the showground

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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BIKE enthusiasts filled Stafford Show Ground over the weekend of Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 for the 34th Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show.

The show was a mix of bike shows, stalls, exhibits and demonstrations as enthusiasts mopped up everything on two wheels.

Filling the main Bingley Hall and the grounds of the Show Ground, bikers could pick up anything from a rusting wheel and tarnished headstock for their restoration projects to brand new spares, tools and riding apparel.

Thrill seekers were wowed by the return of the Ken Fox Hell Riders wall of death and the Owd Codgers Kickstart dirtbike area.

The constant threat of rain during my visit on Saturday did little to deter the visitors or dampen the atmosphere. Neither did it do anything to dampen my spending as we walked away with a few new riding jackets at knock-down trade show prices.

One of the main features was the attendance of star guest John Surtees.

John is the only man to have been world champion in the Blue Ribband class of both two and four-wheeled motorsport.

As 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of John winning his four-wheeled world title, the organisers arranged for a 1964 Formula One Ferrai to be on display on the main stand. For those seeking a glimpse of rarity, the museum stands included ex-TT bikes as well as Bertie Schneider's 1960 Manx Norton and Ron Haslam's 1991-92 NRS588 Rotary.

The show gets thumbs-up from me - I'm already looking forward to next year.

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