Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Bike clubs and owners in the East Midlands showcased their machines in style this past weekend as Newark Showground hosted the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic.

Andy Baldwin, a Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club member from Peterborough, saw off strong competition to claim the event’s coveted Best in Show award with his 1969 Suzuki T200 – a bike that he described as a ‘box of bits’ when he purchased it just over two and a half years ago.

There was a Suzuki theme throughout the event with triple British Superbike champ John Reynolds in attendance as the event’s special guest of honour. The Nottinghamshire rider still works at the Japanese manufacturer for which he rode in a variety of roles and shared stories from his career with TV presenter Steve Plater in four on-stage interviews across the weekend.

The pair covered topics including the current state of BSB, John’s most memorable achievements and his toughest competitors.

Trade stands packed the halls of last weekend’s event as visitors made the most of the bargains on offer.

Classic bike action now heads south to the Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show taking place at Somerset’s Royal Bath & West on 7-8 February.

A fuller report from Newark will appear in the next issue of BDN.


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