A sharp start to the sea­son Starter


Seven years in, and the Ca­role Nash Clas­sic Bike Guide Win­ter Clas­sic has come of age and is the equal of any other show on the cal­en­dar. This year’s guest of hon­our, the unas­sum­ing and mod­est racer Michael Rut­ter, proved an in­spired choice and was pop­u­lar with visi­tors. With a foot in both mod­ern and clas­sic rac­ing, Michael – nick­named ‘The Blade’ – had plenty of great sto­ries to share. The Bel­gian team which pro­vided his Clas­sic TT Du­cati, Red Fox Du­cati, made the jour­ney to the show and brought along the 2017 Clas­sic TT Du­cati, which was dis­played along­side the TT2 of Michael’s fa­ther Tony, him­self a hugely suc­cess­ful racer in the 1970s. The show boasted an in­creased num­ber of trade and au­to­jum­ble stands, while the ex­panded scooter sec­tions – with two ad­di­tional halls – proved pop­u­lar with both scooter and mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast alike.

Photo: Gary Chap­man

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