No stopping star-studded Stafford!
The 28th International Classic MotorCycle Show attracted a record-breaking 30,000 visitors to Stafford County Showground.
With Giacomo Agostini, the Italian multi-time world champion and Grand Prix ace Kork Ballington in attendance, the event sponsored by Carole Nash and Central Wheel Components on 26-27 April, was always going to be bigger and better than ever. Glorious sunshine on the Saturday and an eclectic array of motorcycles topped a fantastic weekend.
Agostini formally opened the show wowing the crowds with stories of his 122 Grand Prix and 15 World Championship title victories. Visitors flocked to hear this motorcycling icon’s tales and never has the show seen a more popular star guest.
The return of the Classic Racer Grand Prix Paddock, sponsored by Footman James was another huge success. The impressive and diverse line-up of race ware on display was not only a striking spectacle but it brought all the sights, sounds and smells of road racing to life at the show. A new addition for 2008 was the Classic Competition Hall, again sponsored by Footman James. Full of competition clubs, both road racing and off-road and with the many traders all very busy its debut was one of the highlights of the show.
As usual, a focal point to the weekend was the club stand competition, in which clubs vote for one another as they try to win one of the many coveted awards and with it a cash prize. Competition was fierce to see who would take this year’s £1000 star prize but it was the Rudge Enthusiasts who scooped the award in the end, closely followed by the Malmesbury Motorcycle Club and in third place the Gold Star Owners Club.
With the record breaking event now over for another year, a tired but delighted Show Manager Nick Mowbray said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed with the achievements of the 28th International Classic MotorCycle Show. With Ago and Kork Ballington as our guests of honour the crowd attendance was just unbelievable and traders are already re-booking for next year; all of the classic bike shows team are exhausted but very, very happy.”