Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show (April 23/24th 2016) – Report

Report courtesy of John Lay (club chairman) 

“The Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show has been part of the Club’s activities from the very beginning over 30 years ago and this year was no exemption. A total of eight machines were on display varying in ages from 1914 up to 1988 and sizes 113cc to 735cc.

The show itself took the usual form with the club stands and traders spread over the main and side halls, along with an outside auto-jumble area. The show was very busy both Saturday and Sunday with a fair few visitor to the stand, with many opportunities for members to explain the finer points of their machines. The weather played ball most of the time with heavy rain over Saturday/Sunday night and a little rain Sunday afternoon, but overall it kept dry during the day allowing the outside jumble to be visited. Dry it might have been but warm it was not, in fact sometimes it seemed colder inside than out. That aside most people enjoyed the show and even managed to find some “treasure”  in the jumble. Talking of which there seems to be a trend for the jumble to be dominated by the larger traders and sellers of new tools , clothing etc. also non motorcycle traders. Sign of the times? Or maybe the ever increasing cost of the stall pitches? As an aside, Bonhams achieved a world record for the sale of a British Motorcycle, a very rough Brough

Machines on display

1937 BSA B21

1914 Wall Auto-Wheel

1947 Velocette KSS

1973 Rickman  Interceptor

1988 Silk 500S

1946 Norton Model 18

1939 BSA M24 Gold Star

1970 BSA 250 Woodsman

Thanks to all who brought their machines and helped to man the stand”