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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…