2017 Telford

Classic Trial - - CONTENTS -

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.

Star Guests

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.

Words and Pic­tures: Yoomee

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.

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