The best in the west just got better
Welcome to the Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show.
This year we are celebrating our 38th anniversary over the weekend of February 3-4. So much for the naysayers who said the classic motorcycle movement was a small flash in the pan all those years ago!
Something that hadn’t crossed my mind before writing this is that we now have motorcycles winning awards that hadn’t even been built when the show was launched. And perhaps more importantly, owners and show visitors that hadn’t been born way back then.
Originally held in Bristol, hence the name, redevelopment of the city and the fact that the show had outgrown any venue Bristol had to offer meant the show moved a few miles south to the spacious surroundings of the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, and has continued to grow at a rapid rate ever since.
No classic motorcycle show is complete without club stands and The Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show sets the standard that all others aspire to when it comes to clubs. It has always been traditional for the clubs to really pull the stops out for Bristol and with so many local sections of the national clubs within striking distance of Shepton Mallet competition is always fierce; friendly but fierce! And the great thing about the prestige the top three clubs enjoy, along with large cash awards, is that voting is done by the clubs themselves.
The addition of the Charterhouse auction at the last few shows has brought an exciting new dimension. The 2018 sale promises to be a very interesting affair with the most eclectic selection of motorcycles, and sidecars, you could imagine, with lots ranging from a very nice Cotton road racer to a pair of Harley-Davidsons, both sporting sidecars. You can read more about the auction elsewhere in this show guide.
Of course great autojumble and trade stands are at the heart of any good classic event and is something that The Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show has always excelled at. Often incorrectly thought of as a regional show, Bristol attracts jumblers from all corners of the UK, and even Continental Europe. If you can’t find it at the Bristol Show you probably don’t need it!
And when you have ticked off everything on your restoration shopping list, and marvelled at the amount of time and effort that the clubs put into their stands and the incredible array of machinery on them, check out the line-up of private entries. Restoration standards just get higher with each show that passes. Who would want to be a show judge? Not me that’s for sure.