Date: April 27-28, 2019
Location: Staffordshire County Showground, ST18 0BD
The International Classic MotorCycle Show is due to be another action-packed weekend event and will return to the Staffordshire County Showground this April for the 39th edition. Some of the highlights of the show are hundreds of specialised trade and autojumble stands located in every corner of the venue, so you’ll never be without something to see.
Classic bike clubs will be displaying their vehicles, as well as private entry displays and a special classic bike cavalcade. For the first time, Bonhams will also be holding a two-day auction which means there will be more than 300 lots to bid on.
Courtesy of our partners, Sammy Miller Museum, Sammy Miller (MBE) will be bringing two of his most exotic bikes to be displayed on the Footman James stand at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in April.
The first motorbike on display will be a 1955/6 350cc Model F Norton. Influenced by Moto Guzzi's compact machine success that feature laid-down single cylinder engines; the Norton race-shop worked on the similar configured Model F in 1955.
The second classic bike on show will be Sammy Miller's 1953 350cc Norton 'Silver Fish' Kneeler. This experimental classic bike was the definitive attempt to improve the obsolescent Max Norton's performance with better streamlining and its rider laid virtually prone to minimise the frontal area.
If you are interested in seeing these classic bikes on display, what not come over and say hello to our team, see the bikes, or talk about your classic bike insurance?
Traders and jumblers are united to offer a wealth of memorabilia, whether it be classic bikes themselves or elusive parts, pieces and spares. Maybe you’re more interested in acquiring a new riding kit, or a special tool. Regardless of what it is, you have a great chance of finding it at the International Classic MotorCycle Show – go and have a good rummage!
Whether multi-interest or specialist owners’ clubs, the International Classic MotorCycle Show has it all! Two of our partnered clubs, the VMCC and VJMC will both be in attendance as well as marque-specific clubs that centre around the likes of Sunbeam, Velocette, Norton and Francis-Barnett.
Private entries will vie to be crowned the ‘Best in Show’ alongside competing for other show awards in the Private Entries category. Owners painstakingly ensure that their classic bike is kept in the best possible condition, ready for keen inspection by both the judges and public. Whilst there is a heavy focus on British machines in this competition, including Norton, Sunbeam, BSA and Triumph there will also be an international presence in the form of Indian, Harley-Davidson, Laverda and Suzuki.
Weather-dependent, a handful of the vehicles on display will be selected to head outside to the showground’s main ring, where the public can see the bikes in action.
Over 300 machines will be offered for auction on both Saturday and Sunday in Bonhams biggest ever Stafford sale. Both collector and classic bikes will be available to view and bid on, with several single-owner collections included in the lots. Whether you’re interested in Japanese superbikes or pre-war American marques, there will be something to pique your interest.
Saturday’s auction will include the Tan House Collection – which unites over 60 barn-find machines (many in their fantastic original conditions) all ready for restoration work. Most of the collection are comprised of British manufacturers, with a small mix of European and Japanese lightweights included throughout.
Those who witness such a performance, never forget the thrill! The Wall of Death is hosted by the Fox family who having been touring with it since the 1920s. Riding their vintage Indian Scouts along a 20ft high, vertical wall gives a fantastic and thrilling display that will stay in your mind for years to come. The smell, speed and proximity the classic bikes get to the audience (within six inches) make this an incredible part of the event. It’s important to note that entrance to the Wall of Death is chargeable.
You can purchase a ticket on ClassicMagazines.co.uk