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Our reg­u­lar look at what’s hap­pen­ing in the off-road world, events to go to, se­ries up­dates, per­haps a book or DVD or two.

Yes, it’s al­most upon us – it is nearly of­froader Christ­mas! What d’you mean ‘what’s he on about’? The Clas­sic Dirt Bike Show, spon­sored by Hagon Shocks on February 18/19, 2017, that’s what! Also known as ‘Wrighty’s’ or ‘Telford’ this clas­sic off-road ex­trav­a­ganza has be­come ‘the’ gath­er­ing for us dirt en­thu­si­asts. Whether you’re a tri­als rider, en­duro fan or Mxer in solo or side­car dis­ci­plines there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. The show is dead easy to find, be­ing just off the M54 at Telford. Our shows team has been busy co­or­di­nat­ing dis­plays, se­cur­ing au­to­jum­blers, sound­ing out guests, plan­ning stage talks, along with lots of other great at­trac­tions to fill your day. There are a num­ber of pre­sen­ta­tions tak­ing place on stage over the two days with win­ners of both of CDB’S spon­sored se­ries – the North­ern Bri­tish Bike Se­ries and the Clas­sic Bri­tish Scram­bles se­ries – to re­ceive their tro­phies from guest of hon­our Roger Harvey. In ad­di­tion, the pop­u­lar Kia Twin­shock Se­ries will be gath­er­ing their win­ners to­gether for their prize-giv­ing on Satur­day, February 18.

A main theme of the shows has been guest stars for stage and din­ner duty and this year is no dif­fer­ent in that re­spect. Though the show in gen­eral at­tracts all sorts of mo­tor­cy­cling stars just tak­ing in the show, many are still rac­ing and com­pet­ing too, the dif­fer­ence is our named guests are ex­pected to speak on stage and at the Clas­sic Din­ner Bash on the Satur­day evening.

This pop­u­lar event has this year set­tled on a three-speaker for­mat with each course hav­ing its own lead in. Step­ping up and singing for their sup­pers this year are head lad at Duke Mar­ket­ing, for­mer ISDT com­peti­tor Peter Duke; leg­endary pho­tog­ra­pher and lat­terly com­pere, Jack Bur­ni­cle and fi­nally, for­mer Bri­tish 125 MX cham­pion, Yamaha and Honda team man­ager Roger Harvey.

Head to the in­for­ma­tion desk at the show to en­quire about avail­abil­ity for the din­ner but be aware these places will be limited.

So, plenty go­ing on – add in all the bikes which will rep­re­sent ev­ery off-road dis­ci­pline and the only thing miss­ing is you – see you at Telford In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre.

Ar­range­ments for the 2017 se­ries are al­most com­plete. The pro­gramme is likely to con­tain six rounds and again, they are all AMCA clubs and in­clude:

April 23: Bath Clas­sic @ Yat­ton Keynell, near Chip­pen­ham, Wilts. June 4: Cum­bria Clas­sic @ Blen­carn, near Pen­rith, Cum­bria. July 16: Mortimer Clas­sic @ Ben­netts Hill, Theale, near Read­ing. Au­gust 6: North Devon (At­lantic) @ Combe Martin, North Devon. Au­gust 27: Mose­ley (Birm­ing­ham) MCC @ Han­bury, Worces­ter­shire. Oc­to­ber 1: Llan­thony Clas­sic @ Llan­thony, near Aber­gavenny.

In 2017 there is un­likely to be a cham­pi­onship round at Abb­ey­cwmhir (MidWales Clas­sic). Mortimer Clas­sic will, for the first time, ac­cept Ja­panese so­los for their cham­pi­onship event.

Roger Harvey is sure to have a tale or two.

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