ONE of the premier events on the motorcycle calendar has enjoyed yet another bumper weekend, as enthusiasts poured in to Staffordshire County Showground to see star guests, stunning bike restorations and a record-breaking Bonhams sale.
Thousands came through the gates across October 17-18 to the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, exploring the hundreds of trade and autojumble stands packed into every corner of the venue.
TT legend John McGuinness took to the stage to share tales from his incredible career, interviewed in front of huge crowds by fellow road-racer Steve Plater.
Suzuki models stole the show, with Paul Cann’s 1968 restored T305 taking home the Best In Show trophy, and the GT750-mad Kettle Club securing the £1000 Best Club Stand prize.
Proceedings came to a close on both Saturday and Sunday in the Bonhams auction hall, with the two weekend sales generating a European record of £3.6 million.
Three Brough Superiors, one complete example and two projects, sold for a combined £704,500, while an ex-Steve McQueen 1934 Indian Scout was snapped up for £59,740.
Former Top Gear host James May added a celebrity element to the auction room as he turned up to see four examples from his own collection go under the hammer. Top lot for Captain Slow was his 1967 Honda CB450 ‘Black Bomber’ which sold for £5980.
Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel was also spotted in the auction hall for Saturday’s sale.
Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “Across all areas, this has to go down as one of the most successful Stafford shows ever. A record-breaking auction and increased attendance figures certainly demonstrate that.
“Most important though, our exhibitors and showgoers gave us fantastic feedback, and are going home happy.
“Now the bar has been set even higher for next year, so we’d best start thinking about how we can top it once again.”
Classic Bike Shows returns to Stafford with the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show in April. The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show is set once again for next October.