Last weekend’s Carole Nash London Motorcycle Show, held at the ExCeL Centre, saw 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy a packed programme over three days.
The event saw something for everyone, with everything from commuting to touring and superbikes catered for at the capital’s biggest bike event. In total, 24 motorcycle manufacturers displayed their 2018 models, while stars of racetrack past and present took to the new Michelin Thunderdrome in a 1920s inspired board track shootout that included superbike legends Carl Fogarty, Neil Hodgson and Chris Walker.
Race fans were also treated to an exhibition of some of the world’s most exclusive world championship winning race bikes, including those ridden by Barry Sheene, Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez. Also in attendance was John McGuinness, the greatest living TT racer, who showcased some of the most important bikes from his illustrious career, as well as taking to the stage for a chat show three times daily.
The show also hosts Coys of Kensington’s London classic motorcycle auction, with a number of vintage and historically significant machines going under the hammer on Saturday. At £29,500, a mint Honda RC45 was the biggest earner of the day, with a customised Triumph Bonneville, previously owned by Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, went for £22,000.
Speaking after the event, Rebecca Donohue, Head of Marketing at Carole Nash said: “The event has been ideal for us to be speaking to current and hopefully future policyholders in a fun, exciting environment. It’s been great to see fans being able to meet and chat to stars such as Carl Fogarty and John McGuinness, while checking out all the great new 2018 models. As ever, a fun-packed weekend for all the family!”
One new feature for 2018 was the Classic Bike Barn Find of the Year competition, which allowed visitors to vote for their favourite machines, with the eventual winner, Joss Creed taking the honours with his 1947 BSA A7.