The 34th Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show takes place this weekend at the Staffordshire County Showground. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever before, and the two-day event will be jam packed with motorcycling delights, from manufacturers and special guest appearances to motorbike displays, autojumbles and auctions.
Don’t forget to come and see us and say hello, you can find us at stand M9. Here you’ll be able to get a quote from one of our friendly Carole Nash team and where we will be giving away helmets to two lucky winners over the weekend.
So, with this in mind, here’s a list of the top ten things to do while you’re at the show.
Meet motorsport legend John Surtees
The star guest at this year’s show will be the one and only John Surtees. Guests will have the chance to hear the amazing stories of the motorsport great, who is the only man to hold world championship titles with both two and four-wheeled vehicles. Not only will John be there to meet and greet fans, he’ll also be bringing along the vehicles that took him to victory.
Bag yourself a bargain
As always, the halls of the Staffordshire County Showground will be bustling with traders selling their stock at great prices. There will be a huge range of biking bits on sale, from tools and spares to complete bikes.
Be amazed at the Wall of Death
Ken Fox will be bringing his fantastic stunt ensemble to this year’s show, and the Wall of Death will amaze and thrill even the most sceptical of spectator. Gulp as riders whizz around the enclosed wall, pulling spectacular stunts and riding within inches of the audience. And with the stuntmen performing on classic Indian Scouts, this is an act that definitely shouldn’t be missed.
Celebrate the National Motorcycle Museum’s grand return
Visitors will be able to get up close and personal to a huge line-up of classic bikes thanks to the grand return of the National Motorcycle Museum. The machines of yesteryear will be on display in the Main Hall as well as in the Classic Racer Grand Prix Paddock, and staff from the museum will be around all weekend for a chat. A raffle will also be taking place in aid of the museum’s 30thanniversary, and one (very) lucky winner will take home one of the museum’s stunning machines.
Visitors will be able to see (and more importantly hear) some classics being fired up across the weekend, too. Catch this over at the Classic Racer GP Paddock.
Welcome Steve Plater to the show
This year’s show welcomes road racer turned motorsport TV personality Steve Plater, who’ll be taking over from former presenter Dave Craggs. Plater will be busy catching up with star guests, talking to fans and presenting awards.
Catch up with The Owd Codgers
The Owd Codgers are a team of older bikers that don’t mind placing themselves in the ‘silver riders’ category. Catch their fantastic trails demonstrations just outside the Dirt Bike Hall – they’ll be performing across the weekend.
See classics go under the hammer
This year’s show plays host to a Bonhams auction, where visitors have the chance to bag themselves a truly fantastic motorbike, or simply bask in the excitement of others as they bid for their favourite machine. The bikes up for sale include a 1972 Augusta 750s, a 1975 Healey 1000-4 and a 1975 Bimota 750cc HB1, of which only ten exist in the whole world.
Witness a UK-first
Italian engineer Salvatore Majorca will be bringing his fantastically unique 1949 Moto Major to the show for its first-ever UK outing. The bike features no suspension other than rubber mountings inside the wheels.
Catch some Q&As
There will be other names in the industry joining John Surtees at the show. Tim Britton, editor of Classic Dirt Bike, and James Robinson, editor of The Classic Motorcycle, will be conducting some Q&A sessions across the weekend.
Take a stroll through the club stands
There will be loads of club stands at the event, including the BMW Club, the BSA Owners Club and the British Motorcycle Riders Club. The Rolls-Royce Motorcycle Club will also be making an appearance at the show, and member Tony Trueman will be bringing his 1923 Cotton motorbike, which he believes is the only one that exists in the world.