BONHAMS’ BIG ONE

Bonhams’ au­tumn sale at Stafford spans over a cen­tury of mo­tor­cy­cle de­vel­op­ment. Here’s a taster of what’s on of­fer

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Sneaky pre-event look at the high­lights of the com­ing Stafford sale

Bonhams’ two Stafford sales are prob­a­bly the high­lights of the UK auc­tion cal­en­dar. And this year’s au­tumn sale re­in­forces that sta­tus. By the time the cat­a­logue closed, around 400 lots of bikes and mem­o­ra­bilia had been val­ued, pho­tographed and cat­a­logued ready for sale.

This year, three im­por­tant col­lec­tions make up a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the cat­a­logue. The 80-bike Wil­low­brook col­lec­tion is the big­gest of the three. The busi­ness­man owner – still an ac­tive rider – is thin­ning out his 100-bike col­lec­tion, amassed over the last 20 years and in­clud­ing mod­ern ma­chines like the 2017 Kawasaki H2R racer and tra­di­tional clas­sics like his 1938 Ex­cel­sior Manx­man and a 1928 AJS K8 500.

The 40-bike Adrian Reed col­lec­tion also in­cludes some real gems, in­clud­ing rare, vin­tage Ha­zle­wood and NUT V-twins. “We are de­lighted to be of­fer­ing Adrian’s in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tion at our au­tumn Stafford Sale,” says James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Mo­tor­cy­cle Depart­ment UK. “The col­lec­tion com­prises so many im­por­tant Bri­tish and Amer­i­can mar­ques and mod­els.”

In­deed it does. So, too, does the Basil Keys col­lec­tion. Bonhams have han­dled the sale of some of the late south-coast mo­tor­cy­cle dealer and racer’s bikes in the past and are chuffed to have been asked to move on some more of his bikes to ap­pre­cia­tive pas­tures new.

The sale will be tak­ing place at the Stafford County Show­ground over the week­end of Oc­to­ber 13-14. Ad­mis­sion is by cat­a­logue, which costs £25 plus postage from bonhams.com. In the fol­low­ing pages, here are a few high­lights to whet your ap­petite in the mean­time...

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