Honda RC45 heaven at Stafford’s autumn show

One of the biggest gatherings of Honda RC45 racing machines ever seen will grace the Classic Racer Grand Prix Paddock at this year’s Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show at the Staffordshire County Showground over the weekend of October 14-15.

Every one of them has a genuine racing history, including Jim Moody’s TT record-breaking factory bike, and many will be fired up during the weekend.

It’s show time again! This is the usual crowded scene as showgoers make their way to and from the Staffordshire County Showground’s exhibition halls and the countless trade and autojumble stands.

Even this year’s guest of honour, New Zealander Aaron Slight, will be drawn to them as a large part of his World Superbike career was as a factory Honda rider on just such machines.

The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club will be running a unique Restoration Theatre and sharing its combined years of knowledge with show visitors, and the Classic Dirt Bike Hall will hold some of the tastiest off-road machines to be seen.

On site will be almost 1000 trade and autojumble stalls, club stands and private motorcycle entries, making the event a must for classic bike fans.

Among the machines up for auction in the Bonham’s Stafford sale on the Sunday will be a 2007 250cc Aprilia grand prix racing motorcycle that was ridden to world championship victory by Jorge Lorenzo and the collection of speedway supremo Ivan Mauger, who holds six world records including that of the most speedway wins.

To find out more, or to buy advance tickets at £12 for adults, £11 for seniors or £3 for under-12s, go to www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com/october or call 01507 529529.

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