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The finishing touches are being put to the preparations for this weekend’s 33rd Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show, which will once again take place at the Stafford County Showground.

The 33rd edition of the popular classic bike show, which will take place on 27-28 April, is pulling out all the stops in 2013 with Phil ‘The Prince of Speed’ Read confirmed as the guest of the honour. Phil, a 1964 Grand Prix world champion and the first man ever to win the titles in each of the 125, 250 and 500cc classes, will be on stage to talk about his record breaking career throughout the weekend.

International auctioneers Bonhams will also be holding their traditional spring sale at the show on Sunday, with the pick of the lots being a works 1952 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow, designed for a record breaking attempt at Montlhery. The lot is expected to reach a staggering £110,000 – £130,000.

Other lots include a 1926 Brough Superior SS80/100, estimated at between £160,000 and £200,000, whilst a 1914 Indian Model F racing motorcycle once owned by Hollywood star Steve McQueen comes with a guide of £22,000 – £28,000.

Also at the show, the Dirt Bike Hall will play host to the legendary trials rider Yrjo Vesterinen, who willl be showcasing the skills that saw him secure three world championships.

Other highlights include the return of the gravity-defying Wall of Death and a host of other thrilling attractions. Every trade, club and private entry stand will be filled and hundreds of glistening machines lined up to await inspection, including the Velocette Owners’ Club which celebrates 100 years with a whopping nine bikes and two engines on display.

With an estimated 33,000 people expected through the gates, it’s no surprise that show organiser Nick Mowbray is looking forward to the weekend.

“I’m really excited about this show. I always love Stafford because we get the real enthusiasts – the people with real knowledge,” he claimed. “You can meet some lovely characters if you just wander around. We’ve got people coming from as far away as Alaska and having Phil Read as our guest of honour is a real coup. He is a legend in his own lifetime.

“The list of bikes we’re expecting is truly enormous and there are some true gems on there that I’m particularly keen to see for myself. The number of traders we’ve booked is unprecedented – this is a record-breaking show. It is also an international show and we’re going to show the rest of the world how it’s done. Come and see for yourself!”

Gates are open 9am to 6pm on the Saturday and 9am to 5pm on the Sunday. For more information, visit www.classicbikeshows.com.

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