How much is it worth?

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP - Malc Wheeler

You will no doubt have read on these pages the re­port from the Ca­role Nash Clas­sic Me­chan­ics Show at Stafford back in Oc­to­ber. What an amaz­ing week­end it turned out to be. If you made it to the show you can’t have failed to have been im­pressed with that line-up of Ca­giva race bikes. For the first, and most likely only, time 11 gen­uine fac­tory Ca­gi­vas, cov­er­ing the whole of the com­pany’s racing his­tory, were in one place at the same time. The proud own­ers of the col­lec­tion, fa­ther and son team Mar­tyn and Dean Simp­kins, are not known for court­ing public­ity, much pre­fer­ring to wheel out one, maybe two, ex­otic bikes from their col­lec­tion at var­i­ous events. But when they do they are cer­tainly not just static dis­plays, with Dean and var­i­ous for­mer GP stars get­ting to gal­lop them. The crazy idea of try­ing to cre­ate the dis­play was first men­tioned when Dean and I got chat­ting over a brew at a pre­vi­ous Stafford show, some 18 months ear­lier, when he men­tioned Ca­giva had an an­niver­sary com­ing up in 2018 and per­haps he could pro­vide a bike or three if I could or­gan­ise a suit­able dis­play area at the show. Now, as I’ve al­ready men­tioned, I knew the lads had a few nice race bikes, but when the idea grew legs and we started talk­ing about the size of the project, I was stopped in my tracks when Dean ran through a list of pos­si­ble machines. I had hoped for three or four – I knew about the Haslam, Law­son and Kocin­ski bikes and thought how good they would look, but when Dean thought, with a bit of hard work on his and his fa­ther’s part, we might have ac­cess to 10 or more, I was lost for words. Those who know me know this is rare, but I was speech­less, briefly. I think most peo­ple who re­ally know me also know I don’t give up eas­ily! And 18 months later I’m proud to say we put on a dis­play that will never be re­peated. Ob­vi­ously,team Simp­kins did the hard work get­ting the metal ready. All I had to do was per­suade the Mor­tons show team to com­pletely re­design the stand, ar­range to get the bikes to the show (ac­tu­ally Por­tia did the hard work on that) and con­vince the in­sur­ance com­pany that this was a good idea. How much is it worth in­deed!

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