Un­der the ham­mer

Classic Dirtbike - - Stafford -

Apop­u­lar part of any Stafford show is the auc­tion held by Bon­hams and though there is al­ways a lit­tle off-road in­ter­est in the sale, this Oc­to­ber there were al­most as many off-road ori­en­tated bikes as on-road ones. As well as the tri­als and scram­bles bikes cov­er­ing ev­ery era we fea­ture in the mag­a­zine there was also the Ivan Mauger speed­way col­lec­tion. Though not quite in the re­mit of Clas­sic Dirt Bike – though we have just pro­duced a one-off spe­cial­ist pub­li­ca­tion named Broad­slide which cov­ers the thrilling speed­way scene – there is a cross­over in­ter­est and the fas­ci­nat­ing range of ma­chines as­so­ci­ated with the six-time world speed­way cham­pion is awe-in­spir­ing. Sadly Ivan isn’t en­joy­ing the best of health these days and a thin­ning out of his col­lec­tion was the rea­son for the sale. With in­ter­est high the sale made an ex­cel­lent re­turn and the Mauger fam­ily have donated the pro­ceeds to the Speed­way Rid­ers’ Benev­o­lent Fund. It also meant there were more than a hand­ful of speed­way celebri­ties on hand to see what was what. 

Lef ft: The Mauger col­lec­tion en­sured a few speed­way no­ta­bles weere in the auc­tion check­ing a few things out. We spot­ted Eric Boocock,1976world Champ Peter Collins and Ken Eyrre, all who raced with and against Mauger in his day. Be elow: A look in the auc­tion showed there were some ex­c­cel­lent lots avail­able, such as this ESO.

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