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Big news at the 25th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford last weekend was a record-breaking Bonhams sale yielding £3.4m. Undoubted auction star was an ex-CF Edwards 1925 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 sand racer project. Despite being completely dismantled, this bike more than doubled its estimate and was knocked down for £264,500 – the highest amount ever paid for a Brough in bits.

Commenting on his company’s success, Bonhams UK motorcycle department head James Stensel said: “Once again, Bonhams has achieved exactly what it set out to do – sell the best machines on the market at the best prices. Our realistic estimates attracted bidders from across the globe, and bidding throughout was incredibly lively. We are absolutely thrilled with the results of the sale. We look forward to our spring sale in April and continuing to consign the widest possible range of top machinery and automobilia.”

Biggest feature attraction at the show was a display of 11 red-liveried Cagiva racers. Part of a collection owned by Dean Simpkins and his father Martyn, they were all genuine factory machines ridden by some of greatest Grand Prix riders, including Eddie Lawson and John Kocinski.

Mortons Media exhibitions manager Nick Mowbray added: “Once more we’ve had a great October show. With the addition of a new off-road hall, the Classic Racer GP paddock, stunning bike displays and an expansive mix of club stands, there has been something for everyone and we look forward to returning next April.”