It’s almost time for the ever-growing Newark Classic Bike Show – and this year’s event looks set to be bigger and better than ever before.

THIS WEEKEND: Pierfrancesco Chili, Guy Martin’s 1500cc Suzuki, Workshop Wisdom and Moto Gymkhana at the Newark Classic Bike Show.

Running across January 11-12, there will be plenty to keep bike and scooter enthusiasts entertained, with brand-new features and familiar favourites all present and correct throughout the weekend.

In amongst the hundreds of bikes and scooters on display, Guy Martin’s 1500cc turbocharged Suzuki will be on hand at the show. The bike was ridden by Guy in the ‘Race to 300mph in a standing mile’ challenge, organised by the UK Timing Association. He didn’t quite manage to reach 300mph – but he’s currently second in the running after an impressive run of 270.065mph.


That’s not all. A brand-new ‘Workshop Wisdom’ section from the team behind Classic Bike Guide magazine will make its debut for 2020. The team will be on hand to share stories, give advice and help visitors on their motorcycle restoration journey with some priceless tips on how to get the job done for less. Between them, the team hold expert knowledge on anything from 1930s British bikes to 1980s Japanese machines, and are self-titled ‘masters’ of getting bikes to work using whatever is at hand. Enthusiasts will be able to get up close and personal to the two machines they’re currently working on – a Norton ES2 scrambler and a JAP/Ariel.  If you’re interested, you can find the stand in the Lady Eastwood Hall – where they’ll be on hand to answer any questions at 10.30am and 2pm on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday.

Moto Gymkhana UK will be back at the show for 2020 – and you can get involved. But if you want to give the ‘grassroots motorcycle sport for everyone’ a go, it’s worth booking in advance. As long as you bring your riding gear and your licence, anyone’s welcome to put their skills to the test – and it’s all included in the ticket price. There will be three slots available on both Saturday and Sunday across eight sessions per day.

Francesco Chili will be at the show right through the weekend, being interviewed on stage by local lad Steve Plater. The show will also feature many of its regular attractions, including a wide range of trade and autojumble pitches, club stands and hundreds of classic bikes and scooters on display.


For more information on the show and to get your hands on a ticket, visit:  

Ross Mowbray

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