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telford classic draws the crowds

The Classic Dirtbike Show (20-21 February) at Telford’s International Centre, Shropshire, kicked off with the usual long queues of competition bike enthusiasts eager to see exhibits and buy parts in three halls plus outdoor autojumble. 

Europe’s biggest off-road classic bike show, Telford listed 197 trade stands, 52 outside autojumble stands, 35 club and display stands, and 33 private entries in its programme.

Hagon Products was the headline sponsor, the first time the suspension and wheel specialist had fronted a show. The three-year sponsorship deal with organiser Classic Bike Shows will include Hagon’s diamond anniversary celebrations in 2018. Hagon was founded in 1958 by Alf Hagon who hopes to attend in 2018.

Meanwhile, son Martin runs the business and was at Telford with sales manager Tony Hutchison. They displayed seven Hagon competition machines in addition to wide range of suspension units, the latest a monoshock for mid-1970s TZ250 road-race Yamahas.

The show saw the UK public launch of the competitively priced TRS trials bike. This new Spanish marque is distributed in the UK by 10-times British trials champion Steve Saunders via a network of 15 dealers. Target sales in 2016 are 60 units.

Villiers Services displayed an all new uprated 250cc Villiers two-stroke single-cylinder complete engine and gearbox which VS can supply in fully built-up form. A typical price for a complete new unit with gearbox, carburettor and exhaust downpipe is £2500 including VAT. 

Aimed at trials riders, engine specification can be discussed before the build, said director Steve Gollings, adding that several businesses in the off-road world are dependent to varying degrees to the parts and build services Villiers Services can provide.

It was a successful weekend for Adrian Moss, with the Rickman Motorcycles MD claiming the Best In Show award for his 1964/65 Rickman Mk III.

Many luminaries from the off-road world attended the show. Guest speakers at the Saturday night dinner held at the nearby Holiday Inn were former CCM works rider Jim Aird, who runs Scott leathers; Jersey off-road rider Wayne le Marquand; TT winner, former dealer and all-round rider Nick Jefferies, and four times world speedway champion Barry Briggs MBE.

Attention for classic bike enthusiasts now turns to April and the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at Staffordshire County Showground.

www.classicbikeshows.com

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