Seems like we weren’t the only ones in the mood for a bit of bike-fuelled excitement at the weekend, as the 35th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford attracted a record number of visitors!
Now in its 35th year, the event over the weekend of 25th and 26th April saw thousands of visitors through the gate, eager to lap up the mix of classic machines, interactive sessions, interviews with biking legends and stalls selling every bit of biking kit ever invented (well, almost!).
Speaking of biking legends (kind of), Top Gear’s James May and Richard Hammond – both big bike fans – were spotted chatting to visitors and checking out some the bikes on display, ahead of the Bonhams auction on Sunday in which both sold off bikes from their personal collections.
Another familiar face from TV, Peter Thorne from The Motorbike Show, kept the crown entertained on the main stage with his Restoration Theatre – tips, advice, techniques and live demos on restoring classic bikes. It was a first for the show and if the enthusiastic reception is anything to go by, we’re sure it won’t be the last.
Maverick bike engineer Allen Millyard scooped the engineering excellence award for his once-in-a-lifetime hand-built machine, The Flying Millyard. The bike itself split its time between the Carole Nash stand and taking part in the twice-daily Cavalcade of classic bikes, when some of the fantastic bikes at the show showed they still have what it takes by doing circuits in the main ring.
As well as hosting The Flying Millyard, the Carole Nash stand’s £250 free prize draw attracted a lot of interest – and one lucky winner. We also gave away free Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club membership for every policy sold during the show (which was quite a few!), plus a garage full of goodies and freebies.
Other star guests included Nick and Tony Jefferies, each a biking legend in their own right, who kept the decibel level suitably high, firing up some of their iconic classic machines in the paddock.
A fantastic weekend made even better by some fantastic weather (and only the odd shower). If you couldn’t make it to Stafford this year, start planning now for 2016 – this is one show you won’t want to miss!