As it has done every year from the early days with Alan Wright at the helm, the showboat that is the Telford Classic Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks, organised by the Morton’s Show team, still stands loud and proud as the best. This is not just our opinion; it is based on the feedback from the show’s many visitors who return year after year. Classic Trial Magazine, as always, had its trade stand at the show where we were pleased to meet customers old and new with a wide selection of back issues and books from Yoomee to feed the addiction that is classic trials. The multitude of machinery and parts available never ceases to amaze people. If you are looking for that vital part to finish off a restoration project, then you can start by looking at the show as it can usually be found. Maybe not on the day but the thousands of visitors can be very helpful to talk to find information.
Titled the Classic Dirt Bike Show, and sponsored by Hagon Shocks, this two-day event grows from strength to strength, and not just as a show but also a meeting place to reminisce and enjoy special moments with friends from the off-road world. The Mortons Show team spend many months preparing the wide selection of machines to show and it’s all credit to them, as this year’s display was very eye catching. The show takes place in an excellent central location, at the Telford International Centre where the facilities are second to none.
Clubs and private entrants pack into the venue from around the globe and in particular Europe, bringing together a fascinating collection of historical off-road machines you will find under one roof. They are joined by a raft of traders offering everything from parts and spares through to accessories and riding kit, plus project machines…if you are tempted.
Visitors to the show also have the chance to rub shoulders with their heroes as several legends of off-road sport attend. The 1983 British Motocross Champion and current Honda MXGP team manager Roger Harvey, and ISDT competitor, motorsport media mogul and son of multiple TT winner Geoff Duke, Peter Duke appeared on both days of the show being interviewed by Classic Dirt Bike editor Tim Britton, and as always the chat was vivacious.
A unique selection of machines ridden by the late Martin Lampkin was on display as a celebration of his life and times in motorcycling and included the Suzuki owned by Graham Walker which stood alongside his ex-works Bultaco and factory BSA machinery.
Jack Burnicle and Tim Britton spoke to many of the friends of the first ever FIM World Champion Martin Lampkin in 1975 live on-stage. Hosted by Classic Dirt Bike editor, Tim Britton, the traditional Saturday evening Classic Dirt Bike Show dinner took place at the Holiday Inn Telford, which is just a stone’s throw from the International Centre where all of the weekend’s action took place. The show’s guests included a magnitude of off-road motorcycling legends, young and old, who attended the evening with after-dinner speeches from guests culminating in stories from their fascinating and varied careers within the motorcycle industry. If you have never been to the Classic Show at Telford keep your eyes out for the 2018 date as it is the place to be.
One man who has given so much to motorcycle restoration is Irishman Sammy Miller. A regular at the show, Sammy was promoting his museum which houses possibly the best collection of motorcycles in the world including the well-known trials machine he won so much on, his Ariel with registration number GOV132. Have a look at Sammy’s museum on the web and then get yourself along. It’s well worth the visit, but leave plenty of time as there is so much to see! Web: www.sammymiller.co.uk
A big fan of Classic Trial Magazine is Michael Ernst from Germany. He can produce a wide range of handlebar pads, machine covers and tool bags to your individual requirements and is a regular exhibitor at Telford. Patrick Pissis, Oliver Barjon and Jean Caillou are well known in the trials world for their collection of famous Honda trials machinery. They were very happy to reunite John Shirt Jnr with his factory supplied RTL he rode in 1988. John was quick to confirm it was the machine he rode after a good look around the machine with Patrick.