Racing legend and ‘King Maker’ Neil Tuxworth has been confirmed as the guest of honour at the 38th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show on April 21-22 at Stafford County Showground.
From his first track outing at Cadwell Park, in 1969 aboard a humble BSA Bantam to racing in British National and International meetings and scoring podiums and wins – Tuxworth has had a storied career on two wheels. He followed the Continental Circus as much as possible, scoring Grand Prix World Championship points in the UK, Austria, and Finland, and his desire to race anything with two wheels that saw him compete in motocross, sand racing and even ice racing during the winter months. And with a love of road racing, it was inevitable he would be drawn to the greatest challenge in motorcycle sport – the Isle of Man TT – racking up a Manx Grand Prix win, a runner-up spot in the Formula 2 TT and five third places.
In 1986, he came very close to paying the ultimate price for his sport. A huge crash at Aberdare Park had medics and Neil’s family initially fearing for his life. He battled through, only to be told he may never walk again. Malc Wheeler, Mortons Media Group associate director and a friend of Tuxworth’s, recalled how he witnessed his fight back to fitness: “Believe me, inside the pleasant, well-mannered man you’ll see on stage at the show is a true man of steel. Obviously after a warning like that you hang up your leathers? Not Neil. It’s going to be fascinating listening to all the stories at the show, I’m sure there are some I haven’t heard!”
In later years, Neil is most widely known for managing many of Honda’s racing efforts. He was the man looking after Joey Dunlop, John Kocinski and Colin Edwards to name but a few – and helping Honda win multiple World and National championship titles in the process. It’s guaranteed that Neil’s time on stage at the show will be entertaining. With so much achieved in all aspects of racing and race management, his stories are sure to captivate.
The Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford is the biggest classic bike show in the world. It’s packed with thousands of classic machines and is the natural home for bike clubs to meet and show off their motorcycles. It boasts the largest autojumble anywhere in the UK too – so with hundreds of traders selling everything from bikes to books, you don’t need to be crazy about motorcycles to enjoy a great day out.
Discounted advance tickets for the show are now on sale, with a one-day adult pass costing just £12. Tickets will also be available on the gate, priced at £14 each. Under 12s tickets are £3 in advance or £4 on the day and parking is free. For more information visit classicbikeshows.com