We had a fantastic time at the 34th Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show over the weekend, and were truly overwhelmed by the number of people who turned up for the two-day event!
As you may already know, motorsport legend John Surtees OBE was star guest at this year’s show, and it was a real honour to have him attend the event on both the Saturday and Sunday. John made a few appearances on the main stage, and crowds listened in silence as he gave inspiring talks about his life and career. John also visited the Classic Racer paddock to talk about the history of some of the bikes that were later fired-up in front of visitors. He also presented the show’s awards at the ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
This year was one of the best yet in terms of entertainment. We loved the Wall of Death, where Ken Fox and his stunt team amazed onlooker as they pulled some spectacular stunts on classic bikes. The Owd Codgers dazzled crowds just outside of the Dirt Bike Hall with their trails demonstrations. In fact, our own Jess Mercer from events joined in the fun, and bravely stepped-in one of the side cars as part of the act!
The reason we put on the show is to celebrate classic motorbikes in all their glory, and this year we were stunned by the sheer number of motorcycles on display for all to see. It was great just walking round to the different club stands, seeing what bikes they had on display and talking to members. There were also some fantastic private entries, and this year marked the return of the National Motorcycle Museum, which made the line-up of classics even more impressive.
The Bonhams auction was exciting as always, and there were some true gems up for grabs this year. And Top Gear presenter James May even popped down to the show to say ‘hi’ and check out some classic bikes!
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend for us, and we can’t wait for the next event, which will be the Carol Nash-sponsored Bike1066 Spring Opener in Hastings. The event takes place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday and is the largest free motorcycle event in England. There will be exhibitors, trade stands, live entertainment and even BSB coverage at the event, so don’t miss it!