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April 18th 2014


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Stafford Show Preview

There's just time to prebook your tickets for this month's giant classic bike show at Stafford - the £3 you save on admission will just about cover the price of a cup of coffee to deliver to the RealClassic stand...

There's now absolutely no excuse for failing to find the RealClassic stand at the Stafford Show on 26th and 27th April 2014. You're bound to be walking at past some point during the busiest show weekend in the classic calendar… because the RC stand is now smugly sandwiched between the bar and the café on the balcony above the main hall. So while we used to be hidden somewhat in the hinterland, you'll now find the RC Crew on stand B104 within easy crawling distance of refreshments.

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What's more, we're celebrating the magazine's tenth birthday with some rather snazzy new banners and a particularly splendid special subs offer. Renew your subscription with Frank or Rowena on the RC stand for another 12 months - by cash, cheque, credit card or direct debit - and you'll be able to take away a FREE book as your reward. (If all goes to plan the free book will be that rather magnificent Motorcycle Encyclopaedia, but don't hold us to that cos it's a while-stocks-last kinda thing).

Stafford Show 2014

If you've already renewed then (thank you!) do drop by and let us know because we'll have a special treat up our sleeves for faithful customers. And it's not just a chocolate HobNob. Although we will have some chocolate HobNobs and you'd be most welcome to one. (We don't keep the HobNobs up our sleeves. That would be messy).

Stafford Show 2014

We'll also have an extensive array of back issues on special offer, so you can complete your collection if you've missed any in the past, plus magazine binders to then keep them tidy; RC T-shirts, Shed mugs, hats and more. There's also the chance to have a chat with Frank and ask him if he's figured out how to use his ratchet driver yet…

There will also be one or two million other interesting things going on at the Stafford County Showground that weekend. Apparently, the Classic Motorcycle Show doesn't entirely consist of the RC regulars chatting over a cup of coffee - although for some of us, that's all we ever get to do on Stafford weekend. There may well be an awful lot going on elsewhere, but we only ever see the same six feet of real estate surrounding the RC stand. Anyway, you folks can wander at will through the displays and halls and marquees and paddocks, so you'll need to wear your comfy shoes to stay the course and see everything. Here are just some of the highlights:-

Stafford Show 2014

ArrowGuest of honour motorsport champion John Surtees will bring two historic machines with him; the MV Agusta which won the 1956 500 world championship, and his 1964 F1-winning Ferrari. It's an extremely unusual opportunity to see both machines and the man himself all in the same place at once.

Stafford Show 2014

Surtees won't be the only big name at the event; six-time world champion Jim Redman MBE will also be attending, and racer and motorsport TV commentator Steve Plater takes the reins as show compere. Plater will be on stage regularly throughout the weekend, talking with John Surtees and other special guests, and presenting the show's coveted awards

ArrowLook out for off-road riding expertise being demonstrated by the Owd Codgers Club, each morning at 10.30am just outside the Dirt Bike Hall

ArrowThe Bonhams auction has relocated to a larger self-contained area in the Sandylands Hall, to give more space for potential purchasers to view the lots before the sale on the Saturday, and so more people can attend the auction which begins at midday on the Sunday. Some 200 vintage and classic motorcycles will be going under the hammer, plus dozens of lots of memorabilia, books, brochures and spares in the early part of the sale

Stafford Show 2014

ArrowAmong the hundreds of gorgeously restored show bikes you'll find a unique 1923 Cotton 350, fitted with an AA Sidney overhead cam engine which is (so far as its owner is aware) the only one of its kind in existence. Another one-off motorcycle making its UK debut is the Moto Major, an astonishing creation built by Italian Salvatore Majorca in 1949. In the private entries, keep your eyes peeled for a couple of ISDT machines like Roger Simkin's 1971 Cheney BSA and Mark Bloor's 1965 Triumph 500. Or if you prefer unusual Italians, Ian Powell will be bringing along his 650 parallel twin Benelli Tornado - and this weekend is also your chance to gaze in awe at David Johnston's mighty 1959 Parilla Slugi…

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ArrowHeaps of race machines will be on display - and many fired up - in the GP paddock. Head that way to see Manx Nortons, genuine proddie racers, replica clubmans' machines, an array of 1980s lightweight Japanese competition bikes, George Cohen's usual eclectic mix of exotica, a genuine Spondon TT machine, various British Superbike bikes, a selection of rotary and other racers from the National Motorcycle Museum, Rob North Rocket 3s, Yammi powervalves and dozens more

Arrow70-plus club stands will feature 100 years of classic motorcycles from early pioneer machines through to recent retros and special editions. Extensive displays of postwar British bikes but also many later classics from Japan and Europe

*Hundreds of indoor and outdoor trade and autojumble stalls selling accessories, components, electrical items, some original spares, clothing and memorabilia. If you have an inkling what you're after then check prices beforehand, and if searching for a replacement part then bring the original with you - it's much easier to compare grubby bits in boxes that way!

Still want to know more? OK. Here's a promo video:

The Stafford Show opens 9am until 6pm on Saturday, closes at 5pm on Sunday. There's free car parking (but it can be quite congested, so be patient, or try to arrive later in the day).

Admission costs £13 on the day so best to prebook for discounted tickets (also saves some queuing). Free car parking (but often congested and long waits on Sat AM; come on Sunday if you can). Weekend camping available. Helmet park, full catering, indoor restaurant and bars, etc. See www.classicbikeshows.com

And if you do drop by the RC Roadshow (on the balcony, above the main hall), a cup of coffee, white-no-sugar, never hurts!

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