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shocks all round as 10,000 turn out at Telford

The Classic Dirt Bike Show at Telford, Shropshire (17-18 February) attracted a crowd of 10,000 on site and numbered 511 stands including trade, autojumble and club stands, reports event planner Andy Catton for organiser Mortons Media.

The number of trade stands outpoints the International Dirt Bike Show at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, in November. However, Stoneleigh stands are bigger and the International covers more ground space.

“It was a brilliant weekend,” said Catton, whose sentiment was endorsed by star guest and chief judge Gerrit Wolsink from Holland. Former Suzuki, Maico and Honda works motocross rider of the 1970s and 1980s, Wolsink was attending for the first time. Surprised and delighted, he said there was nothing like Telford in Europe.

The show was sponsored by Hagon Shocks, Hagon celebrating 60 years in business in 2018 and doing so in style with ranks of Hagon bikes on display covering sand racing, grass track, road race, sidecar MX, speedway and speed record breaking.

The Hagon family attended in force headed by Alf Hagon, whose inventive mind and riding skills at grass, speedway, drag racing, sprints and speed records, started it all. Alf’s son Martin now runs the business.

Other star names attending included world and European off-road champions, including Jeff Smith, Graham Noyce, Sammy Miller, Johnny Brittain, Mike Jackson, Peter Duke, Colin Dommett, Norman Hanks, Pat Slinn, Michael Martin, Andy Roberton, George Greenland, Julian Wigg, Ian Berry and Adrian Moss.

Best in Show was the sensation of the 2017 Coys auction at London ExCel. Coys had expected £5000-£6000 for a 1969 420cc works Jawa motocross single. It fetched more than £19,000 including premium, astonishing the auctioneer and the crowd. Buyer Bill Henson, a CZ-Jawa collector, says he has since been offered £50,000 by a Czech collector, and turned it down.

Of the bikes for sale at Telford at least two were big-ticket numbers – an ex-Brad Lackey Kawasaki two-stroke MX and a Rickman G50 ohc Matchless bored to 638cc. Both were at £25,000.

In our picture, TV race commentator and show MC Jack Burnicle (left) interviews star guest and show sponsor Alf Hagon, manufacturer, 11 times British grass track champion, the first sprinter to record a sub-10s SS1/4-mile (1967) and the first British rider to exceed 200mph over the flying mile (1968).


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