Friday, June 14, 2024


VISITORS to the upcoming Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – 15/16 October – will have the opportunity to get up close to the two RG500s which Barry Sheene powered to world championship success in 1976 and 1977.

The iconic red, black and yellow liveried machines have been shipped from the Sheene family home in Australia and will be displayed as part of the new Suzuki Village attraction at the show.

Tim Davies of Suzuki GB said: “We couldn’t miss the opportunity to share these rare championship-winning bikes with the Stafford show crowd, especially as 2016 marks 40 years since the British racing legend’s first title win.”

Trade will feature as well, with Robinsons Foundry selling parts and clothing, and Crooks Suzuki and Redcar Motorcycles on hand to help showgoers with any Suzuki-based classic enquiries.

There are once again hundreds of trade and autojumble stands sprawled throughout the venue, there’s live action in the Classic Racer GP Paddock, Classic Dirt Bike Experience and Cavalcade, several pristine machines will go under the hammer in the Bonhams auction and there’s expert advice on offer in the Restoration Theatre.

Detailing the rest of the line-up, Davies said: “The GSX-R750 and TL1000S road bikes which we refurbished will also be on display, while Team Classic Suzuki will be showcasing a number of other race bikes such as the XR69 ridden at the Classic TT by Michael Dunlop, an RG500 Mk10 and a pair of RGV500s, one ridden by Kevin Schwantz in Pepsi colours and the other a Movistar machine campaigned by Kenny Roberts Junior.”

Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “Suzuki has pulled off something special getting the two famous Sheene racing bikes over to the UK, and they will take their rightful place among a packed line-up at the biggest and best modern-classic motorcycle event in the world.”

The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show takes place at Staffordshire County Showground. Advance discount tickets are on sale until 11.59pm on Sunday, 9 October.



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