Me­chan­i­cally speak­ing…

… there was a lot go­ing on at the 24th Ca­role Nash Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Me­chan­ics Show in Oc­to­ber, take a look at what caught our cam­era lens.

Classic Dirtbike - - Stafford - Words & Pics: Tim Brit­ton

The Clas­sic dirt bike Ex­pe­ri­ence

Since the launch of Clas­sic Dirt Bike 11 years ago – yes that’s right, 11 years, or 45 is­sues if you pre­fer – in­ter­est in all things dirt bik­ing at both the Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Show and the Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Me­chan­ics Show at Stafford has grown im­mensely. Prob­a­bly the bravest move came when live ac­tion in the form of a tri­als rid­ing demo was sanc­tioned. In all se­ri­ous­ness, the health and safety re­quire­ments to do this are in­ter­est­ing to say the least but the re­ac­tion to mo­tor­cy­cles mov­ing around was in­cred­i­ble and once side­cars were in­tro­duced too… So, thanks to the Owd Codgers and friends for putting on a demo at the show for us. This year the com­men­tary was han­dled by Wayne Ker­shaw who also demon­strated he’d lost none of the side­car skills which helped him and Robin Lus­combe win a Bri­tish cham­pi­onship or three.

In­side the hall, ded­i­cated to off-road, were a tasty se­lec­tion of all sorts of dirt bikes from solo tri­als, MX and en­duro, to side­car tri­als, to grasstrack and speed­way ma­chin­ery and all with the own­ers on hand to ex­plain the in­tri­ca­cies of the restora­tion.

Brian­dale­was one­ofthe rid­ers co-opted into the tri­als demo and­had brought alonghis Ban­tam witha frame he’d made him­self. “Spent al­l­last­win­ter makinga­jig,” he told us.

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