Stafford county showground site of Yamaha scooter display
The Carole Nash Classic and Motorcycle Mechanics show on 18/19 October, is now but a few short weeks away. As the summer begins to draw towards its end, taking with it the traditional riding season, motorcyclists can console themselves with another big weekend in Stafford, to set themselves up for a project to occupy those ever nearer, long-winter nights.
With an autojumble which promises to be bigger than ever before, there’s bound to be something to set the pulse racing. Plus, with the just breaking news about an exciting Irish collection of potential projects up for sale in the Bonhams auction, there’s yet another reason to go along!
Club entries have been pouring in. The Vintage Motorcycle Club have managed to secure the loan of a pair of real ‘stars’ to tempt enthusiast to their stand; the famous, ex-Ben Bicknell Brooklands record breaker ‘Copperknob’ - a minimalist, copper-plated 500cc Chater-Lea-JAP - plus the Thirties 1000cc three-cylinder in-line two stroke Scott prototype. Both are being loaned by the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.
Among those back once again are the Aircooled RD Yamaha club, with a fine collection - over 20 - of the cult Seventies two-strokes. There will be plenty of specials among their display, including Martin Newlyn’s 1978 RD400, recently judged ‘Best in Show’ at the BMF rally in Peterborough. There are also dragsters among their entry, as well as many standard versions of the 250cc and 400cc twins. The LC club - the machine which was the successor to the air-cooled RD in the Yamaha range - have their own club too, with plenty examples promised.
All the Japanese marques will be well catered for - the Historic Honda Collection has many interesting machines on their stand, including the Beaulieu Museum’s ex-Hailwood Honda four, plus various other road and race machines, Kawasaki are catered for by the Z1 Owners club, the GPZ Owners, and the Z1300 Owners, while the Suzuki Owners Club have a variety of machines, from small two-strokes, to GP inspired road-bikes, to big four-strokes.
For Italian enthusiasts, there’ll be several stands worth making a bee-line for, including the Benelli Motobi Club, Bimota Enthusiasts, Laverda Owners, Moto Guzzi Club, Morini Club, plus the ‘general’ Italian Motorcycle Owners Club GB.
The FRC (Forgotten Racing Club) is another regular at the show, hoping to recruit members to their movement. Along the machines on their stand will be those of two of the ‘quick men’ - Roy Flower’s Yamaha TZ750 and Simon Bartling’s Waddon Rotax. It’s not just the FRC, though, representing the racing world - both the Early Stocks Club and the CRMC have stands, with members displaying their competition mounts, as do the Racing 50 Club, who promise over a dozen of their diminutive 50cc racers. The National Hill Climb association will also be there, offering the chance to find out more about their form of motorcycle sport, and the opportunity to view some of the machines presently used.
The Historic Police Motorcycle Group have an interesting number of machines, ranging right through from the Sixties to the present, and encompassing marques as varied as Greeves, Kawasaki, Velocette and Triumph.
For Brit fans, the Norton Owners Club have arranged a whole selection of machines spanning the company history, ranging from a 1922 16H and sidecar, up to a 1988 Interpol. The British Two-stroke Club have a number of machines on their stand, including the Francis Barnett Falcon which starred in the hit TV show Heartbeat, displayed by owner Amos Clack.
The National Autocycle and Cyclemotor Club will have over a dozen machines, with ‘old British’ names like Raleigh and New Hudson joined by the likes of Derni and Mobylette.
For a real trip down memory lane for those of a certain age, then there can be nothing more evocative than Seventies sports mopeds! See what every 16-year-old wanted in circa 1975 and marvel! There is of course, the ubiquitous Fizzies, plus more unusual models from Gitane, Cimati and Garelli, plus not one but two of the truly ludicrous (in the nicest possible way!) Easy Rider inspired Fantic Choppers.
The Street Specials stand has a whole host of various Harris and Spondon chassis-ed, big-bore machines to pore over, evoking memories of a time when, despite their building the best engines money could buy, the Japanese lagged behind in frame building. Some are even turbo-charged!
And the Mechanics show would not be complete without the presence of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, with all-sorts of early Japanese oddities and ground-breakers up for inspection.
That is by no means an exclusive lists of all the many clubs who will be there, with many others proudly displaying their wares over the weekend.
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Mark Harris contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.the-scooters-report.com.
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