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If it’s hap­pen­ing, go­ing to hap­pen or hap­pened, then this is where we try and squeeze it in…

Lit­tle kids may get them­selves all ex­cited for Christ­mas... but the equiv­a­lent for we off-road­ers is un­doubtably ‘Telford’, or ‘Wrighty’s Show’...

If you’re speedy, and your copy of CDB has ar­rived in su­per­timely fash­ion, you may still be able to get there this week­end (February 17/18), oth­er­wise it’s one to mark in the di­ary for next year, bright and early.

The Clas­sic Dirt Bike Show backed by Hagon Shocks (to give it its of­fi­cial ti­tle) is quite sim­ply the big­gest col­lec­tion of dirt bike ori­en­tated stuff in Europe.

Ev­ery dis­ci­pline is rep­re­sented so it doesn’t mat­ter if you’re a feet-up fan, an en­duro en­thu­si­ast or an Mxer there will be some­thing at the show for you.

It could be bits to keep your bike go­ing, a bike to race on, or kits if yours is look­ing a bit tired... what­ever ‘it’ is will be there. Nor is the show re­stricted to a par­tic­u­lar era ei­ther as ev­ery era from pre-60 to su­per Evo will be rep­re­sented.

Hagon is in its third year of spon­sor­ship and has been build­ing up to a mas­sive dis­play in this, the com­pany’s di­a­mond ju­bilee. Yes, 60 years ago Alf Hagon went from be­ing some­one who made some bits and pieces to fund his own rac­ing to a ma­jor force in the busi­ness world.

Hagon as a com­pany has been in­volved in all sorts of mo­tor­cy­cles – mainly speed­way, grass track and sprint­ing but also MX, tri­als and road rac­ing have all ben­e­fit­ted from Mr Hagon’s Nap­kin En­gi­neer­ing. Even bet­ter, Alf will be there and in­ter­viewed on stage by Jack Bur­ni­cle.

Speak­ing of stage time, also be­ing quizzed by Jack will be for­mer Bri­tish side­car tri­als cham­pion Colin Dom­mett, who also man­aged to squeeze in an ISDT or three and dab­ble in scram­bling, so will cer­tainly have a tale or three.

An­other man fa­mil­iar with sev­eral as­pects of the sport is Jeff Smith, who is back in the UK to launch his new book and will be on stage, along with CDB colum­nist Ian Berry – the man charged with edit­ing the whole project – at var­i­ous times to chat with Mr Bur­ni­cle.

Fol­low­ing these in­te­vie­wees is Peter Duke.

Peter, a for­mer ISDT com­peti­tor and off-roader was in­tended to be a guest last year but un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances meant he had to can­cel.

So, if you’re read­ing this be­fore the show, get your act into gear and get down there. If you’re read­ing this at the show grab us and tell us what you think. If you’re read­ing this af­ter the show, read about it in is­sue 47…

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