Europe’s Biggest Classic Motorcycle Event Set To Sparkle

The 20th Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show is now merely days away – taking place on the weekend of October 19-20 – and it celebrates all things classic bike, with the main focus on machines from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
“We look forward to welcoming more than 30,000 visitors over two days,” said show manager Nick Mowbray.

“The show is the largest classics event in Europe and is packed to the rafters with things to see, buy, do and experience,” he continued.

Among these attractions will be former 250cc GP world champion and 500cc legend Christian Sarron, who will be bringing a wealth of racing memories and anecdotes to share with showgoers.

French star Sarron, famed for his ability to ride in the wet, made his name in the 250cc division before going on to find success in 500cc racing as well as endurance events.

The expert team from Bonhams is heading to the event once again, with a single-owner collection of nearly 100 classic Japanese motorcycles the star attraction of the auction house’s annual autumn sale.

And with more than 70 club stands, visitors can expect to encounter row upon row of stunning machinery – with some even being fired up in the Classic Racer GP Paddock – as they take in a plethora of motorcycle sights, sounds and engine smells.

The FS1-E stand will be one that definitely requires a visit, and organiser Nick is certainly fired up by a significant milestone: “The era we celebrate here at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show is the one that I grew up in and with the FS1-E marking 40 years; this really is the show for the rider who began on a ‘Fizzy’.”

The show isn’t just about looking at bikes though, as a sprawling autojumble that covers every available inch of the showground offers an incredible range of parts, accessories and motorcycle memorabilia for visitors to get their hands on.

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine editor Bertie Simmonds commented: “If you’re in the middle of a restoration project – or looking at the next one – then the big draw is the autojumble that covers the whole venue.

“It’s so good that you can even expect to see me ferreting about for bits for my 1991 Yamaha TDM850!”

If all of this wasn’t enough, top trials ace Steve Colley will be wowing crowds in the main ring with this gravity-defying stunt display.

A one-day adult pass is currently priced at just £10 – incredible value for what is sure to be an action-packed 20th Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show.