The April Stafford Classic Show kick starts a season of copycat events over the coming months, with the October gathering at Stafford bringing the outside show calendar to a close.
Unlike the October event, April is more geared towards the British classics. That said, there were plenty of machines on display from the decades that ended the last century.
The halls were heaving with quirky motorcycles from manufacturers who’ve long since gone tits up, yet still someone somewhere will dedicate their shed to keeping those forgotten motorcycles going, well done.
Bikes on display is just one side of the sixpence, there’s a ridiculous amount of autojumble fodder sprawled across the grass of the Stafford Showground.
Some of the bikes and parts have been going to the biannual shows longer than I have! It’s widely accepted by jumble hunters that some traders apply a Stafford tax, I can’t say that I blame them, their pitches don’t come cheap, and many traders will shut their shops to spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the ST18 postcode.
I managed to avoid buying anything in jumble, like the motorcycles inside on display a majority of the used parts were for bikes that I won’t ever consider owning. The British bike scene is still a very active market, with buyers keen to buy bikes from their youth.
I was lucky enough to get a look at the machines going under the Bonhams hammer over the weekend, there was everything from a Münch Mammoth to an old Honda Express! With everything else in the middle.
A gorgeous Suzuki Katana and GS1000S caught my eye.
Allen Millyard’s epic six cylinder created by the great man himself and powered by a couple of bastardised FZR250 engines was a true showstopper. Allen never too far away from its pride of place on the Carole Nash stand, and more than happy to chat to interested people who asked ‘what the f*uck is that’
I had it on my toes by mid afternoon, there was loads that I had missed, but I left having seen plenty.
Roll on October!