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brough fetches world record at Stafford show

A world record sale for a British motorcycle – £331,900 for a 1938 Brough Superior BS4 – was set at the weekend’s Bonhams’ annual Stafford Spring auction.
 
Part of the much-anticipated ‘Broughs of Bodmin’ collection, the price helped take the collective total for the long-lost machines to £752,625, with the overall auction total reaching £3.5 million.

The auction was just one of the attractions at the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show – 23-24 April. Enthusiasts flocked to the event at Stafford county showground to show the strength of the classic bike market. The enthusiasm demonstrated by visitors and buyers was backed up by the high standard of private entries and club displays as some of the best classic motorcycles in the UK and beyond descended on the venue.

Traders reported bumper business.
 
Midlife Classics’ Tim Slaughter said: “Saturday was our best day at Stafford for years. We always have a weekend target in mind, and we’d achieved that by the end of the first day.”
 
Organiser Morton Media Group said it was a similar story throughout the halls and outside trade areas as busy stallholders met huge demand for bikes, parts, spares, accessories, riding gear, memorabilia and more.
 
Hagon Shocks’ Tony Hutchinson said: “We had loads of orders on Saturday, more in that one day than we’ll get in a whole weekend at some other events. The great thing about Stafford is that showgoers are getting their hands dirty restoring and maintaining machines – they’re here to buy, not just to browse.”
 
Interviews with guest star Steve Parrish, firing-up sessions in the GP race paddock, trials demonstrations, parade laps of the main ring and a live motorcycle rebuild added to the action-packed line-up.
 
Attention now turns to Santa Pod Raceway, with the Classic Bike Shows team supporting the new Race, Rock ’n’ Ride event at the venue on 21-22 May. Classic bike action returns to Staffordshire in the autumn for the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show which takes place on 15-16 October .
 

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