10 October 2017

2017 Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show Guide


When is the Stafford Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show 2017?

The 24th Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show takes place in Stafford over the weekend of Saturday October 14 – Sunday October 15th 2017.  Gates open at 9 am on both days, closing at 6pm Saturday and 5pm Sunday.

Where is the October Stafford Classic Bike Show held?

This, the second Stafford classic bike show of the year, takes place at the  the Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Staffordshire, ST18 0BD.

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics ShowThe showground is located on the A518, about three miles north-east of Stafford. Stafford is just off the M6 and enjoys good road links with Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield. All are within a two-hour ride, with London approximately three hours away.
If you’re coming by rail, Stafford is on the West Coast, Trent Valley and Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford lines.

Finally, be aware that there are no bus services to the Staffordshire County Showground.



How much are tickets for October Classic Bike Show?

For the cheapest bike show tickets, book in advance by clicking here.

Advanced tickets are priced:

  • Adult day                                    £12
  • Adult Weekend                       £24
  • Seniors (65+) Day                  £11
  • Seniors (65+) Weekend       £22
  • Under 12s Day                         £3
  • Under 12s Weekend            £6

Ticket on the gate will be priced:

For the cheapest bike show tickets, book in advance by clicking here.

  • Adult day                                     £14
  • Adult Weekend                       £N/A
  • Seniors (65+) Day                  £13
  • Seniors (65+)Weekend       £N/A
  • Under 12s Day                         £4
  • Under 12s Weekend            £N/A

Please note that children’s tickets must be bought with an adult or seniors ticket.

Sales of advance tickets close at 12.59 on Sunday October 8th.

Parking is free, which is a definite bonus.

What’s on at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show 2017?

In short, plenty!

The organisers, Morton’s, never let us down in putting on a right proper festival of classic biking. That no doubt explains why the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show regularly pulls in some 30,000 bike enthusiasts.

This show is particularly strong on modern classics, those barely bygone beauties from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Mortons image Staffs Bike show4The staple draws include an array of nearly 1,000 trade, dealer and auto-jumble stands which are great both for an idle browse and to seek out that much sought after part.

But there’s more. Much more.

Who’s Guest of Honour at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show?

This year the show welcome’s the ever-entertaining Arron Slight, aka the ‘flying kiwi, aka the people’s Champion!

The much-loved former World Superbikes rider has always been good value, whether on the track or in front of a microphone.

He has many a story to tell from a career that saw him claim a whopping 87 WSB podiums, including a baker’s dozen of wins.

But title glory was to infuriatingly elude him. He was runner up to fellow antipodean rival Troy Corser in ’96, bagged third in 97 and was just pipped to the championship post by Carl Fogarty in ’98.

He arguably won the popularity stakes though. His no-nonsense say-it-as-he-saw-it approach earned him much admiration  from the stands, even if it did rub up the occasional rival along the way!

Guest of Honour Stafford Bike Show 2017You can here both sides of one such set-to here as he and Neil Hodgson give their own explanations for a little bit of on track argy-bargy at Sugo.

He’s an enduring character in more than one way too. Slight is the only rider ever to have claimed three successive victories in the highly testing Suzuka 8 Hours.

He will have many stories to share with the Stafford hordes. Simply unmissable.

Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale

The Bonhams Auction at Stafford is always a treat, even if your pockets aren’t deep enough for you to tip the auctioneer a nod.

You simply know that some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful bikes will be going under the hammer.

This time around there are some 339 lots, including a host of rare parts. There’s plenty to drool over, including Jorge Lorenzo ‘s 2007 ex-works Aprilia 250. This is the GP bike the great Spaniard rode to take the second of the five world championships he claimed during a fantastic racing career.

Buying a piece of modern bike history won’t come cheap though; the guide price for this magnificent machine is a hefty £100-140,000.

Vintage motorcycle enthusiasts will be keen to clock the 688cc Pierce Four which Bonham’s have secured for the autumn sale. This the bike said to have put its manufacturer out of business as its build cost reputedly exceeded its sale price.

Despite being well over 100 years old, this stunning specimen has had just four owners since new. Again, if it tickles your fancy, you’ll need do more than raid the penny jar. It’s expected to fetch somewhere between £80-120,00.

Restoration Theatre

bike show staffordA popular recent addition to Stafford’s classic bike show, the Restoration Theatre will this time around be hosted by the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club.



Suzuki Village

The Japanese manufacturer is bringing an impressive array of historic bikes to Stafford.

They include the two RG500s that the late, great Barry Sheene rode to put his hands on the ’76 and ’77 world championship trophies.

Among other super Suzukis joining them will be RGV500s ridden to championship victory by Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts in 1993 and 2000 respectively.

What else is on at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show?

The list is a long one.  Highlights include the ever-popular Wall of Death, ex-BSB champ Steve Plater quizzing biking guests, the Dirtbike Experience and, of course, the cavalcade which sees all manner of machines fired up and paraded around the Stafford County Show Ground.

Not forgetting….Principal Insurance!

Rare 1997 Honda Dream 50Naturally the guys and gals from the Principal motorcycle insurance team will be again be in Stafford.

So if you have any classic bike insurance queries be sure to visit them on stand S20 . They’ll be happy to help.


Don’t forget, we can arrange cover for all kinds of classic and vintage machines with agreed value and salvage retention options. We also offer discounts to owners of recognised owners’ clubs and for limited mileage, so come over and ask for details.

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