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Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

The biggest classic motorcycle show in the country featured hundreds of stunning machines. RealClassic's roving reporters selected some of the more unusual old bikes for you to admire...

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

The Best in Show award went to an Indian Velo on the Velocette Owners' Club stand (very nice, as it happens), but the award which meant the most to us was the Best Competition Machine. RC contributor Colin Sparrow was bowled over that the judges chose his 1961 Greeves 24SC Hawkstone.

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

'Rather humbling that a 250cc clubman's scrambler should beat all those magnificent racers,' said Colin with a whole heap of undue modesty. 'I think its compete originality must be one reason. It is restored of course, but is absolutely spot-on to how it would have left the factory. I take no credit for the restoration; it was done by my friend John Fryatt - one of the best Greeves restorers in the country!'

Meanwhile, here's a snapshot of what we found in the show halls, race paddock and autojumble…

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

The new Norton Domiracer. The run's limited to just fifty, and they're all sold.

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

Out there among the racers stood a 250 BSA; a class leader in a very slow class!

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Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

Twicky Twiples dodging the showers.

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

Strange World Pt01. This Speed Twin (nicely patinated) claims to be from 1939 with all the cachet of that. Tele forks, however, came after the war. £6000?

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

Strange World Pt02. Standing next to the Speed Twin was this neat mid-50s 650. Considerably less money, too…

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

A late 1940s 350 Triumph 3T: FrankW's fave bike of the day, probably.

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

An interesting NorBSA. The question here must be Why? Unless the Norton was a Model 50, in which case swapping in a 650 twin would improve its Go.

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

The big bits of a Rickman Interceptor. An intercepted expert told me it was the correct type of RE engine for a Rickman. Good to know.

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show, April 2014

A handsome row of barn finds. So they are still out there!

And what of the Bonhams auction, which took place in spacious new surroundings in the Sandylands Hall? Well, the action was frantic at the top end of the market and a Brough Superior SS100 (once owned by GB himself) sold for a staggering £253,500. In the RC arena, however, prices were rather more realistic. We were watching a collection of BSA 650 twins, A10s of several different types. Of the five A10s which went under the hammer, only two reached their reserve prices and three failed to sell.

The plunger Flash outfit was expected to sell for around £3500, and went for exactly that much: £3450 including buyer's premium.

The A10 we favoured in particular, a 1958 Super Rocket, was estimated to fetch between £3000 and £4000. We said: 'if it sells for £3k then the new owner will have grabbed a very pleasant rider's bike which just needs some attention to put back into roadgoing condition.' In the end, someone paid £4370 for it - still a fair price but a bit rich for our blood.

The genuine Rocket Goldie, an RGS replica and a shiny showbike swinging arm Golden Flash all failed to find new homes. So maybe £18k is too much to pay for an A10 these days…

There's a full auction listing and results at www.bonhams.com and more photos and info about the Stafford Show at www.classicbikeshows.com

The next Classic Bike Shows event is the Great Scottish Bike Show in August at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, followed by events in Netley Marsh in September and Stafford again in October.

Words Frank Westworth and Rowena Hoseason
Photos Frank Westworth and Joe Dick


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