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AJS PAIR STEALS SHOW AT STAFFORD

A pair of rare AJS machines made history at the Stafford classic bike show by becoming the first joint winners of the event’s coveted Best in Show award.

The identical 1928 AJS K10s, in the custodianship of restorer Alan Smith, were immediate stand-outs for the judging panel at the Carole Nash-sponsored exhibition on the weekend of 22-23 April.

Head judge Dennis Frost said: “Just when you think you’ve seen it all at the Stafford shows, we get this incredible pair of bikes the like of which we’ve never had before. They were contenders from minute one, and we had to treat them as one entry given their fascinating story. They are a fantastic example of restoration, and an absolutely worthy winner.”

The nearly 80-year-old duo were bought to Wiltshire in the UK four and a half years ago by Alan, at which point he began a joint restoration with Australia-based Peter Robinson who had originally sourced the bikes down under.

The event’s superstar guest was Troy Bayliss. The Australian three-time World Superbike champion was a major hit with the packed crowds who gathered to hear him interviewed by compere and TT winner Steve Plater.

Rounding off proceedings on Sunday, the premier Stafford Spring Sale from auction house Bonhams generated excited bidding both in the room and from across the world via the internet and phone lines.

The event achieved a remarkable 90% sell-through rate and achieved a total figure of more then £2 million, headlined by a 1949 Vincent that realised a substantial £163,900 against an estimate of £60,000.

Fuller report in the June issue of BDN.

 

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