The Stafford Classic Bike Show will be back with a bang this October. Here’s why you need to make some room in your diary.

Michael Dunlop’s the Guest of Honour

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Nineteen-time TT winner Michael Dunlop is set to take centre stage during the course of the weekend, with opportunities for fans to take photographs, have Michael sign their merchandise and listen to interviews with fellow TT star Steve Plater. The Irishman will also be bringing two of his bikes to display on both Saturday and Sunday.

There’s a massive Joey Dunlop bike collection on display

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The Dunlop dynasty presence continues out into the halls with a fantastic display of machines ridden and owned by Michael’s late uncle and TT record holder, Joey.

The Joey Dunlop Foundation will be filling its stand with an incredible collection of Honda RC45s; including the original Honda 750 as ridden by Joey in the 1994 TT, where he achieved third place in both the Senior race and Formula 1 race. The charity, which was established in 2001, is also planning to bring the lap record-holding 1999 Jim Moodie Honda RC45 750, which he famously rode at 124.5mph!

Visitors can also expect to see a further collection of RC45s and CBR 600s as ridden by Ian Simpson, Michael Rutter and Steve Hislop in the Competition Hall.

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Bonhams is back with a massive two-day sale

Bonhams returns to Stafford with another barnstorming two-day sale offering more than 300 collectors’ motorcycles including two ‘fresh to market’ important single-owner collections.

The Phil Morris Road Racing Collection of 24 machines is offered direct from the collection in Oswestry: a treasure trove – and one of the world’s largest collections – of motorcycles, leathers and trophies raced, worn and won by some of the most famous names on two wheels and dubbed ‘The Church’ by TT rider Rob Barber.

The second collection comprised more than 40 important motorcycles owned by the late acclaimed German film critic Hans Schifferle, led by a rare 1974 Ducati 750 SS; estimate £90,000 – £130,000. Offering a range of motorcycles from sports bikes to café racers, the collection represents the great Italian, British and American marques, including MV Agusta, Vincent and Indian. More than 130 lots of motorcycle spares and memorabilia will also be offered.

And there’s plenty more good stuff to keep you entertained. The CBX Riders’ Club (UK) will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the CBX Pro-link. Expect a special display in one of the side halls.  You can also expect to see the Wall of Death, masses of indoor and outdoor traders selling everything you need for your next restoration, and you might even find that next project in the outdoor autojumble section. There’ll be bikes everywhere, live trials action and live music too.

For more information, visit: www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com

Ross Mowbray

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