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Motorcycle Monthly - - Knowledge - Malc Wheeler Mo­tor­cy­cle Show Guide Edi­tor

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.

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