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2 Latin lovelies

Ital­ian Bikes ‘n’ Cars Where: Ace Café, Lon­don When: 6-11pm. Thursday, De­cem­ber 8. En­try: Free Info: ace-cafe-lon­ The Ace Café is wel­com­ing to all those who wor­ship at the petrol al­tar and have a soft-spot for rock ‘n’ roll. Ital­ian is Thursday’s theme so ex­pect the fore­court to be packed with Du­catis, Moto Guzzis, MV Agus­tas and even the odd Fer­rari. We say: As a self-con­fessed bunch of Italophiles, we’ll be there check­ing out the best that’s come from the Mediter­ranean shores. And who knows, the new owner of Bon­ham’s 888 (right) might even bring it over for a quick spin.

3 Auc­tion sta­tions

Bon­hams De­cem­ber Sale Where: Olympia, Lon­don When: 2pm. Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 7 En­try: Cat­a­logue £30 (ad­mits two) Info: bon­ 40 lots of mo­tor­cy­cles with a date range span­ning 1910 to 2001 and an es­ti­mated price range from £100 for a Jawa project to £22,000 for a Du­cati 888 race bike (al­beit badged as an 851). We say: Auc­tions can be a gam­ble, but this one has an in­ter­est­ing range of lots. By auc­tion­ing off the bikes with the cars, it’s pos­si­ble to grab a real bar­gain as every­one is too dis­tracted by the As­ton Martins and Fer­raris fetch­ing mil­lions. Our eyes would be on the 1973 Nor­ton Com­mando 750 with no re­serve.

1 Lean into win­ter track time

MSVT Open Pit Lane Track Day with Chris Walker Where: Brands Hatch When: 8am. Fri­day, De­cem­ber 9 En­try: £69 Info: msv­track­ Su­per­bike su­pers­tar Chris ‘Stalker’ Walker will be at the event all day of­fer­ing tips and ad­vice in the pad­dock along­side free off-cir­cuit class­room ses­sions. Open to in­ter­me­di­ate or ad­vanced rid­ers only. We say: Open pit­lane track days are great be­cause you can get on the track when you want and for as long as you want, as there are no set times on the cir­cuit.

4 Time for tri­als

Waltham Chase Club Cham­pi­onship Where: Hut Hill, Eastleigh When: 10am. Sun­day, De­cem­ber 11 En­try: Free for spec­ta­tors Info: waltham­chase­tri­ Mark­ing the fi­nal round of the 2016 club cham­pi­onship, this trial should be a closerun thing. Rid­ers are wel­come to wear fancy dress (as long as it’s safe) and there are prizes for any­one who turns out in sea­sonal at­tire. We say: Tri­als rid­ing is hard enough with­out antlers stuck to your lid or a sack of presents swing­ing around your waist. Shame there’s not a prize for most chips eaten from the food van – we’d be in with a shout.

5 Bar­gain hunt

Nor­mous Ne­wark Au­to­jum­ble Where: Ne­wark Show­ground, Notts When: 8am. Sun­day, De­cem­ber 11 En­try: £10 (£7 af­ter 10am) Info: newarkau­to­jum­ Ne­wark Au­to­jum­ble comes around once a month and is one the big­gest au­to­jum­bles in the UK. Come rain, come shine – ex­pect fields of tres­tle ta­bles and tran­sit vans. We say: If you want to wake up early and fight it out amongst the deal­ers, be our guest. If it was us, though, we’d head down to the show­ground around 11am and check out the stalls be­fore head­ing down to the Prince Ru­pert for a pub lunch.

6 Make a kid’s Xmas

Two wheels in uni­son Where: Wood­lands Ho­tel, War­ring­ton When: 12.30pm. Satur­day, De­cem­ber 10 En­try: Free Info: tal­iesin­broth­er­ Two wheels in uni­son is the an­nual Christ­mas toy run in aid of War­ring­ton hos­pi­tal chil­dren’s ward. There’s food and drinks from 2pm and live mu­sic af­ter 8pm. We say: Not every­one is for­tu­nate enough to spend Christ­mas at home with their fam­i­lies, so events like this are a fan­tas­tic way for mo­tor­cy­clists to spread the sheer amount of warmth and good will we have.

7 Kin­dred spir­its

VC Lon­don Ladies Night Where: The Bike Shed, Lon­don When: 7-11pm. Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 7 En­try: Free Info: the­ Meet other ladies who ride, chat about cus­tomis­ing or, if you don’t have a bike or li­cence yet, pick up some handy con­tacts from the VC crew. We say: If you’ve a friend who is in­ter­ested in get­ting into bikes, but doesn’t know where to start this is the per­fect place to meet new peo­ple.

Ex­pect a bevvy of Ital­ian beau­ties in North Lon­don 888 was run with 851 de­cal to con­vince fans of its road bike roots

Walker will be on-hand all day At this time of year, ex­pect a bit of slop

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