It’s just over a month until the world’s biggest celebration of classic motorcycles comes to Staffordshire County Showground – taking place over the weekend of October 14-15.
No Stafford show is complete without a great guest of honour and the Classic Mechanics Show is no exception, with flying Kiwi Aaron Slight – undoubtedly the best rider never to win the World Superbike title – taking centre stage. As fast and smooth on the track as he was flamboyant and controversial off it, Slight will undoubtedly have some entertaining tales to share with the Stafford audience.
Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “We are so excited to have Aaron Slight at this year’s Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show. With more than a decade racing in the World Superbike series, the New Zealander will have plenty of great races to draw from.”
On site will be nearly 1000 trade and autojumble stalls, stunning club stands and private entries – the perfect place for any classic motorcycle fan to pick up that elusive part and meet thousands of other like-minded individuals.
This year’s Classic Racer Grand Prix Paddock is really shaping up too, with a display of Honda RC45 race bikes – perhaps the largest ever collection assembled in one place. All of the RCs assembled have genuine racing history, including Jim Moody’s TT record-breaking factory bike, and many of them will be fired up during the weekend. And, Guest of honour Slight will surely be drawn to the display too, having competed on RC45’s during his World Super Bike career.
The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club will be running the Restoration Theatre this time round, sharing their combined years of knowledge and experience with visitors – and if it’s off-road bikes you’re after then check out the Classic Dirt Bike Hall, which will hold some of the tastiest classic off-road machinery in the land.
The Stafford Bonham’s auction will once again take place on the Sunday of the show. This year’s auction has more than 50 bikes including championship speedway and long track motorcycles. Notable machine include the 2007 Aprilia 250cc Grand Prix racing motorcycle which was ridden to World Championship victory by Jorge Lorenzo and a collection of speedway supremo Ivan Mauger machines.
Tickets cost just £12 for adults, £11 for seniors or £3 for under-12s if bought in advance. Parking is free. For more information on the show, click HERE.
Ross is the editor of MoreBikes (and On2Wheels) - and writes for Motorcycle Sport & Leisure and Classic Bike Guide magazine too. He started off doing laps of his parents’ garden on a Puch 50 scrambler at the tender age of 5, ruining the grass and crashing into bushes. Not much has changed since. He doesn’t discriminate; taking as much pleasure from bombing around town on little mopeds as he does crossing continents on big adventure bikes. Editor@MoreBikes.co.uk | 01507 529529
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