THE CLASSIC DIRT BIKE SHOW SPONSORED BY HAGON SHOCKS
TOP FIVE REASONS TO VISIT
Telford International Centre
Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19
The countdown is over! The year’s premier classic off-road event takes place this weekend at Telford International Centre, with doors opening to the main halls at 10am on Saturday, February 18. Here are the top five reasons to visit…
1. Private entries and club displays
The best classic off-road machines in the country will be stationed on club stands and concours area, with the most recognisable marques and models being celebrated. Of particular interest will be the first ever full line-up of Greeves motorcycles – one for every year the company existed. In a never-before-seen exhibit, 21 scramblers from the first production run back in 1954 to the very last 1976 QUB Mk 2 380cc Griffon will be lined up on the Greeves stand which is more than treble its normal size.
2. Trade and autojumble
If it’s bits and pieces you’re after there are stands to cater for every need. Try Dave Renham who has every Bultaco part imaginable; Steve Goode has a colossal range of 1970s items; Alan Wright will be in his usual sport for discount clothing and boots; and there’s Adrian Moss for Metisse parts. Rod Spry and John McCrink will both be ready to pass on invaluable knowledge to those aspiring to build a new mount, too. There’s plenty more – too much to mention, in fact – and don’t forget the packed outside autojumble area that opens at 9am on both days. Modern machines aren’t forgotten either, and importers of the latest trials and enduro steeds will be showing their products with John Lampkin in attendance on the Beta stand, John Shirt with the Gas Gas range and Nigel Birkett with the latest Scorpas.
3. Star guests
The Telford show has always been a place where enthusiasts get the chance to meet and hear from some famous faces, both past and present, from the off-road world. This year is no different, and our stars will be appearing on stage throughout the weekend. The two ‘named’ guests of honour are 1983 British 125 champion and current Honda MXGP boss Roger Harvey, and motorcycle commentator and off-road fanatic Jack Burnicle. The two will be sharing stories from their careers and meeting with showgoers, as well as headlining the traditional Saturday Classic Dirt Bike Show dinner sponsored by Hagon Shocks. And, if that wasn’t enough, you can expect to spot several more notable names throughout the venue at the weekend including Arthur Browning, Yrjo Vesterinen, Dave Thorpe and Sid Lampkin, among others.
4. WIN! WIN! WIN!
In the build-up to the big event, Classic Dirt Bike has teamed up with some top off-road names offering the chance to win a couple of excellent prizes. Up for grabs from the magazine stand in Hall 2 is a £100 maintenance package from Rapid Moto, and the chance to win one of two rides at the Red Marley Hill Climb. Several other stands will be running various giveaways, including the Jim Pickering Engineering raffle, so make sure you check it out.
5. It’s not just off-road
Yes, this is the dirt bike show so there are prized and pristine off-roaders everywhere you look… but what about the Triumph Trident that Guy Martin rode on his televised Wall of Death escapade? Well, we’ve got it! Racing legend Sammy will be bringing along two breathtaking road racing examples – a 1957 Moto Guzzi V8 and a 1964 500cc Bianchi twin. And there’s also a display of some famous hardware on the Classic Racer magazine display.
The main halls open at 10am, with early autojumble access on offer from 9am. Tickets are on sale on the door, with a one-day adult ticket to the main show is just £13, and the early bird pass costing £17. Don’t forget to pick up your free show guide on arrival, and visit classicbikeshows.com for more information.