The 33rd Carole Nash Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show takes place on February 16-17 at the Royal Bath & West Showground and promises to be a weekend of growling precision-made engines, lively debate about motorcycling days gone by and appreciation for some of Britain’s finest bikes.
There promises to be something for everyone at the show, which will feature more than 600 beautiful classic machines displayed by around 70 clubs.
Private entries include everything from a little 1904 Humber Olympia Tandem, where the passenger sits up front, to a modern classic in the making – a 2002 Honda Dream. There will also be an exceptional Norton Domiracer 500cc replica created by Chris Hawksley of Solo Motorcycle Products, plus two rare Moto Guzzi racers from the museum of ex-Grand Prix racer and trials legend Sammy Miller.
Sammy himself will be the event’s guest of honour and show-goers will be able to see him talk about his sparkling race career and his herculean efforts to protect and preserve some of the world’s rarest motorcycles.
Moonfleet GT & Rebels Club speedway racers will be there and among the clubs will be the Stonehenge Section of the VMCC, which celebrates its golden anniversary this year.
The weekend’s compere will be Old Bike Mart and Classic Dirtbike editor Tim Britton.
More than 300 traders will be there too, offering everything from bikes, parts, tools and leathers to maintenance services, insurance, workshop manuals, books, magazines, memorabilia, transfers and even gifts.
Classic Bike Shows organiser Nick Mowbray said: “We’ve got a staggering number of motorcycles on display this year – more than one for every minute of the day that the show’s open.
“You’ll have your work cut out if you intend to get round them all and you’ll need to set some time aside to listen to Sammy Miller – a true legend of the racetrack from Grand Prix racing’s 1950s golden age. It’s going to be a brilliant show and a great weekend.”