Pad­dock Gos­sip

Classic Racer - - WHAT’S INSIDE -

Malc scours the four cor­ners of the pad­dock for the news that makes the news pages he writes.

Once more the 25th Ca­role Nash Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Me­chan­ics Show was a great suc­cess, with crowds flock­ing to the Stafford Show­ground over the Oc­to­ber 13-14 week­end. The big news of the show came from Bon­hams, who pro­duced a record-break­ing sale achiev­ing £3.4 mil­lion! The star was the ex-c F Ed­wards, 1925 Brough Su­pe­rior 981cc SS100 Sand Racer Project which, de­spite be­ing com­pletely dis­man­tled, achieved more than dou­ble its es­ti­mate and sold for £264,500 – the high­est amount ever achieved for a dis­man­tled Brough Su­pe­rior. James Stensel, Head of Bon­hams Mo­tor­cy­cle De­part­ment UK, said: “Once again, the Bon­hams mo­tor­cy­cle de­part­ment has achieved exactly what it set out to do – to sell the best machines on the mar­ket at the best prices. “Our re­al­is­tic es­ti­mates at­tracted bid­ders from across the globe, and bid­ding through­out was in­cred­i­bly lively. We are ab­so­lutely thrilled with the re­sults of the sale, we are look­ing for­ward to our Spring sale in April and con­tin­u­ing to con­sign the widest pos­si­ble range of top ma­chin­ery and au­to­mo­bilia.” Bike fans had plenty to get ex­cited about at the show, in­clud­ing for the first time in the his­tory of Ca­giva, a stun­ning dis­play of 11 of the red rac­ers dis­played in one place. The machines, part of the col­lec­tion owned by Dean Simp­kins and his fa­ther Mar­tyn, are all gen­uine fac­tory rac­ers, rid­den by some of Grand Prix racing’s great­est rid­ers, in­clud­ing the Ed­die Law­son and John Kocin­ski 500cc race-win­ning bikes. In ad­di­tion to the ma­chin­ery, two for­mer Ca­giva fac­tory rid­ers, Jon Ekerold and Pier Paola Bianchi, proved pop­u­lar and en­ter­tain­ing guests, es­pe­cially the diminu­tive Ital­ian, who spoke lit­tle English and tested com­pare Steve Plater’s lin­guis­tic skills. Also star­ring at the show was for­mer su­per­bike and Grand Prix racer and World En­durance cham­pion Terry Rymer, who shared some great sto­ries from his long ca­reer with the large crowd. Ex­hi­bi­tion man­ager Nick Mow­bray said: “Once more we’ve had a great Oc­to­ber show here at Stafford. With the ad­di­tion of a brand-new Off-road Hall, the fa­mous Clas­sic Racer GP Pad­dock, along with stun­ning bike dis­plays and the won­der­ful and ex­pan­sive mix of club stands, there has been some­thing for ev­ery­one and we are look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing next April.” Words: Eleanor Arm­strong and Malc Wheeler Pho­tographs: Gary Chap­man

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