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Saturday and Sunday, February ry y 18-19

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Telford International Centre


Main doors open at 10am with autojumble entry from 9am.


The biggest classic off-road motorcycle show in the UK featuring trade, displays and club bikes.



A warm welcome from

Telford’s annual offroad show will be one of the biggest yet T he countdown is just about over for the premier classic off-road event of the year, and it’s all eyes on Telford International Centre as it hosts the two-day Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks. Held this year across the weekend of February 18-19, this year's show is undoubtedly one of the most packed line-ups in the event’s history. Trade stands, club displays, private entries… we’ve got it all, and that’s not taking into account three superb star guests and an outdoor autojumble full of treasures. This eight-page preview / show guide should provide all the information

needed if you’re planning a visit – or if you’ve picked up this edition at the venue. You can also head over to our website – – for more, and there’ll be several boards located throughout the venue with further details of trade stands and display bikes. And if you need to speak to someone, our information desk will be located in the main foyer. For now, all that’s left to say is we look forward to seeing you, and we hope you have a fantastic weekend. All the best. Andy Catton Event planner


Welcome to the 2017 Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks. The annual pilgrimage of likeminded souls that love to get dirt under their tyres is upon us, and all will be gathering at the point of the globe simply referred to as Telford… in many different languages! All are keen to find those elusive parts and to swap stories, while casting a keen eye across the many impressive machines in attendance. The numbers of us ‘crazy off-road folk’ who attended last year’s event was impressive, and the show seems to be going from strength to strength – gaining status on a national and international basis. It promises to be something special, as does the Saturday night dinner that will see both Roger Harvey (current Honda MXGP team manager) and

Do you have a classic Hagon hidden away?

This is our second year as the show’s title sponsor, and during our partnership we’ve been building up to 2018 when Hagon celebrates its 60th anniversary. As you may have heard, we’re looking to bring together the largest ever gathering of Haggon-built bikes.

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Alf Hagon in action.

Peter Duke (ISDE competitor, son of Geoff Duke and motor sport media mogul) entertaining our guests between courses as they share their experiences and outlook on our favourite motorcycling pastime. Also confirmed just before this preview went to press, top motorcycle commentator and offroad fanatic Jack Burnicle will be joining us as master of ceremonies. We can’t wait!

We’ve had plenty of interest from people who want to bring their Hagon bikes back into the sunshine, and this is the perfect excuse to hide yourself in the shed for the next 12 months for some serious fettling. It would also be a wonderful tribute to the man himself, Alf Hagon. For next year’s celebrations we will be awarding trophies for the best three Hagon bikes at the show, and an extra prize for the overall winner. If you want to have a chat about it then please come and see us. Anyway, enough of the babbling, make sure your parts (or wish) list is up-to-date and in your pocket and we’ll look forward to meeting you at the Classic Dirt Bike Show. Have a great weekend, and we wish everybody a fast, but safe, 2017. Yours in sport Hagon Shocks


Win with Classic Dirt Bike magazine In the build up to the Telford show, Classic Dirt Bike magazine has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the off-road world in order to offer you the chance to win some excellent prizes. We know you can't resist...



Every rider knows the value of keeping their pride and joy in tip-top condition... so our pals at Rapid Moto have donated three Bel Ray maintenance packages.

Ever fancied a go at one of THE great events? Now you can, as our friends at Midlife Classics and the Red Marley Hill Climb will let two winners take on the hill on a 175cc BSA Bantam.

Each winner will receive an amazing selection of Bel Ray goodies including: waterproof grease, foam filter oil, foam filter cleaner, Dot4 brake fluid, brake and contact cleaner, super clean chain lube, chain cleaner, six-inone multi-purpose spray, silicone spray, a Bel Ray sticker pack and a Bel Ray t-shirt. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize you can either head over to the Classic Dirt Bike stand at the show, or visit and submit your entry online to our FREE PRIZE DRAW. For more information: Terms and conditions apply. For full terms and conditions visit

Final date for entries is May 18, 2017.

Held at Great Wh Whitley h in Worcestershire every Easter Monday (April 17 this year), the Red Marley Hill Climb features 190 races in six hours and attracts more than 10,000 spectators making it one of the most exciting and unique events on the classic motorcycling calendar. The hill is 440 yards (a quarter-mile) and there is a challenging jump at the top known as ‘the pimple’. Riders compete four at a time from a standing start, with the first two over the finish line progressing to the next round. It is fast, furious, dangerous and spectacular – and TWO lucky winners could be involved. To be in with a chance of winning

this great prize either head over to the Classic Dirt Bike stand at the show, or visit and enter online in our FREE PRIZE DRAW. For more information: Terms and conditions apply. For full terms and conditions visit Final date for entries is March 31, 2017


The Classic Dirt Bike Show What’s on It’s two action-packed days celebrating the wonderful world of old off-road motorcycles. Here’s a more detailed look at just some of the highlights...

Guests of honour

The Telford show has always been a place where enthusiasts get the chance to meet and hear from some famous faces, both past and present, from the off-road world. This year is no different, and our stars will be appearing on stage throughout the weekend as well as being part of the traditional Saturday night show dinner.


Currently Honda’s MXGP general manager, Roger Harvey is a n motocross veteran and 1983 British 125 champion. After a riding career spanning nearly two decades, Harvey managed the d Castrol British and World Supersport am Championship team playing a key role in the development of the Isle of Man TT Fireblade with John McGuinness. However, he soon returned to the dirt, heading up Honda’s motocross programme – and it’s a role he’s held since.


mer Peter Duke is a form International Six Days Enduro competitor, but is perhaps best-known as founder of motorcycle media giant Duke Video – the world’ss biggest distributorr of motorsport ’ also l entertainment. He’s famous as being the son of six-time motorcycle world champion Geoff.


Talk about motorcyycle d the commentators and name Jack Burniclle will undoubtedly come up. A veteran of twowheel coverage on our screens, Jack is also an offroad fanatic and iff there’s something about the scene hee n doesn’t know then chances are it isn’tt worth knowing about. A regular fixture at the modern International Dirt Bike Show, he now joins the classic crew as both compere and star guest in his own right.


The show’s three main guests have been confirmed, but if you’ve been to the Telford event before then you’ll know that there’s every chance of finding other recognisable names and faces wandering the halls. They might be a guest of a trade stand or club display, or they might just have come for a day out, so keep your eyes peeled… you never know who you might spot.

In the halls Club stands and private entries will showcase the best classic off-road machines in the country covering all of the most recognisable marques and models, and probably a few unrecognisable ones as well given the eclectic mix that comes through the doors. And if ever there was a show to attend for those interested in all forms of motorcycle sport then the Classic Dirt Bike Show sponsored by Hagon Shocks is definitely it. Yes, there will be prized and pristine off-roaders in all shapes and sizes, but what about the Triumph Trident that Guy Martin rode on his televised Wall of Death escapade? Or check out Vic Eastwood’s actual 1963 500cc Matchless that he rode to success in the hugely popular BBC Grandstand series. Perhaps the most special will be the great Don Rickman’s personal Matchless Metisse. There really are too many to mention, but rest assured there’s plenty on show. Aside from the numerous displays on the classic stands, there are also

modern bikes to enjoy. Importers of the latest trials and enduro steeds will be showing their products with John Lampkin in attendance on the Beta stand, John Shirt with the Gas Gas range and Nigel Birkett with the latest Scorpas. Or, if it’s bits and pieces you desire, try Dave Renham who has every Bultaco part imaginable; Steve Goode who has a colossal range of 1970s items; Alan Wright will be in his usual spot for discount clothing or boots; and there’s Adrian Moss for Metisse parts. Rod Spry and John McCrink deserve a mention, too, and both will be ready to pass on invaluable knowledge to those aspiring to build a new mount. And don’t forget the outside autojumble area, packed full of stalls, that opens at 9am on both days. A full list of traders will be posted online at in the days before the event, and will be printed on large boards that will be on display at the venue throughout the weekend.


sponsored by Hagon Shocks Get more Old Bike Mart Did you know that you can have Old Bike Mart delivered to your door every month for less than £2 per issue? If you’ve picked up this copy at the show and like what you see then are several different ways you can subscribe. If you’re still at Telford International Centre then head over to the Classic Dirt Bike stand where you can sign up with one of our special show offers. If not, you can arrange your deal online at or over the phone by calling 01507 529529. It’s quick and easy, and it means you’ll get a packed newspaper of classic motorcycle classifieds, news, reports, features and events drop through your letterbox on the first Saturday of every month. What are you waiting for…?

Honda trials i l

Greeves display The first ever full line-up of Greeves motorcycles – one for every year the company existed – will be on display. In a never-before-seen exhibit, 21 scramblers from the first production run back in 1954 to the very last 1976 QUB Mk 2 380cc Griffon will be lined up on the Greeves stand – which is more then treble its normal size. Show founder and consultant Alan Wright said: “It’s going to make a fascinating display. And, the icing on the cake is that the bikes will fill the foyer so you can inspect them ahead of the doors opening at 10am giving you even more time to purvey the inside halls.” The famous firm was formed in Essex after Bert Greeves – while mowing his lawn – came up with an idea to help give motorised movement to his disabled cousin, Derry Preston-Cobb. Soon after, the light-blue 197cc Villiers-powered Invacar went into production. Thousands were built between 1952 up to the mid1960s at a small factory in Thundersley, Essex, and because of his strong interest in trials it wasn’t long before Bert turned the focus of his production machine to off-road motorcycles.

Over the years bikes were built for the roads, trials, road racing and scrambling, and it was in the latter in the early 1960s that Greeves became the world’s leading manufacturer with such names as Brian Stonebridge and Dave Bickers winning in the UK and abroad. Badger Goss was also one of those who made his name competing on a Greeves as he took runner-up spot behind Bickers in the 1963 British championship. Goss will be at the Telford show on Sunday, along with fellow Greeves riders Dick Clayton and Arthur Browning. Irrepressible Arthur will also be on stage with Bill Brooker and the fast-talking Ernst Häusler, for many years the Swiss importer of both Greeves and CCM. Alan Clough took a second and third spot in 1964 and 1965 in support of his all-conquering team-mate Bickers and he will be on the stage on Saturday. And Mike Jackson – in the factory team with Stonebridge and Bickers and later a dealer of the marque in the south of England and the USA – is another in attendance. Jack Burnicle will be asking all the questions and, with a such an incredible line-up of interviewees around him, he’s likely to get some pretty fine answers.

Dave Bickers on a 250cc Greeves in the British 250 MXGP at Glastonbury in 1962.

Honda France arch-enthusiast Patrick Pissis is bringing the last factory-built Honda RTL trials bike to the Telford show. Built in 1988 by HRC, the 250cc double-disc example was ridden by a youthful John Shirt in the British championship. On it, he also won that year’s Manx two-day and Patrick, a Telford regular, is also able to bring along the 1988 production bike for comparison. Not many of these exist, and even fewer are ridden because of their value. It was Eddy Lejeune who had earlier made the RTL famous, winning three trials world titles on the 360cc model in 1982, 1983 and 1984. Jean ‘Papa’ Lejeune, his larger-than-life father, sadly died in 2016 and unfortunately Eddy is in poor health and rarely seen. Older brother Eric, however, is still riding and competed on his home-built Honda twin with his usual vigour in the recent Costa Brava two-day event in Spain. He’s threatening to turn up at Telford… beware if you meet him!

Arthur Browning in full flight on a Greeves.

From 1967, Badger Goss (number 6 – on a Husqvarna here) and Arthur Browning (9, on a Greeves).

Honda ace Eddy Lejeune in action.

Sammy Miller museum With the Telford show embracing much more than just off-road machines, it’s been confirmed that racing legend Sammy Miller will be taking along two breathtaking road racing examples – a 1957 Moto Guzzi V8 and a 1964 500cc Bianchi twin. Designed by Giulio Carcano, the sensational 498cc eight-cylinder Guzzi remains one of the technological wonders of 1950s Grand Prix racing. With a bore and stroke of 44 x 42mm, it produced 80bhp at 14,000rpm and had a five-speed gearbox. Unfortunately, in 1957 Moto Guzzi, Mondial and Gilera all withdrew from the world championships because of the massive cost involved. The Bianchi twin was designed by Lino Tonti and raced by Bob McIntyre, Alistair King and Silvio Grassetti. Running through a six-speed gearbox it produced 72bhp at 10,800rpm.

The gorgeous 1964 Bianchi twin.

Sammy Miller with one of the all-time masterpieces of motorcycle road racing design, the Guzzi V8.


Classic Dirt Bike: A personal view Motorcycle journalist and editor of Classic Dirt Bike Tim Britton talks about his magazine... and gives his take on his favourite show of the year. Writing these words for this programme is a dangerous thing for me. How so? Well, I’ve been involved in this world of off-road sport as a competitor, organiser, enthusiast and latterly journalist for 45 years, and I’m as besotted with the whole shebang now as I was when my not-alwayspatient father explained sometime in the late 1960s the pictures of him and my uncle riding motorcycles through a rocky stream was ‘trials riding’ not ‘scrambling’. So when researching what’s going to be at the show my appetite was whetted so much I’ve been on tenterhooks waiting for Telford. I hope through the pages of Classic irt Bike ike magazine aga e to reflect e ect myy Dirt own personal enthusiasm for the dirty side of motorcycling life, and while trials riding will w always be closest to my heart, I’ve been lucky enough

to embrace all disciplines with varying degrees of success… usually with the personal mantra of ‘I don’t have to good, I just have to be there’. I’ve even managed to persuade someone to clamber into a sidecar for attempts at three-wheeled sport, though I found my ‘volunteer’ had a whole new vocabulary as it all went pear-shaped and I pitched her and the outfit into the scenery. In essence, though, that is the core of CDB. Yes we have the bike features, and yes we have the ‘tech stuff’, but in the main – be it subliminally or not – we hope to infect you with our enthusiasm and convince you to get out there and ride. d aall jobs have their Itt iss sa said difficulties and editting the magazine is no different. The challenge I face is there are so manyy superb machines, events and peop ple out there in our core era (mid-19950s to 1990s) that with only four isssues a year it is difficult to fit theem all in. If I include too mu uch of one discipline then eenthusiasts of the others give me grrief, but I have to maintain a balaance. CDB will of course have its u usual stand at Telford, so come seee the magazine for yourself… and our project IT465 Yamaha, which w will be on display to show the lattest progress after a flurry of finding bits.

What yo ou can expect at the show

Like the m magazine, the show reflects tthe vast range of disciplin nes in our scene, and no o matter what part of off-road you are ‘in’ theree will be something in th he three halls at Telfo ord International Cen Centre for you.

There’ll be trade stands stocking everything from complete bikes to new and used parts and the latest developments by people dedicated to making bits and pieces to help us ride better, keep our feet up easier and remain on time longer. Plus there’s the outside autojumble for those odd little bits needed to finish a rebuild or the pre-season fettle. As usual there is a stage area for guest interviews and prize presentations, while we have a great star guest in Roger Harvey – 125 MX champion, enduro star, Yamaha and Honda comp chief. Roger has been at the sharp end of motorcycle sport for many years and having overheard a few conversations with him, his stage chats with Jack Burnicle are likely to be entertaining. Speaking of Jack, he is doubling up duties as compere and guest speaker! He's been part of the scene for goodness knows how long and from his days travelling the MXGP circuit to his television commentary and his photography for magazine shoots he too will be an entertaining speaker. Joining the guest list will be Peter Duke whose jacket buttons up tight over a number areas – Geoff Duke’s son, media mogul (Duke Marketing) and enduro competitor. Also on stage are various series prize presentations from our two CDB-backed competitions – The Northern British Bike Championship and the Classic British Scrambles championship – plus the Kia Twinshock trials series. So, there’s plenty going on at the show with bikes, guests, presentations and, displays for everyone. I’ll see you there. Tim Britton Classic Dirt Bike editor





















Club list

Best Road Racer Best Motocross/Scrambles Best Trials Best Enduro Best Grasstrack/Speedway Best Club Stand, 10 Rosettes

Show awards Best in Show, Alan Wright Trophy (perpetual)

Private displays

Bultaco | Hall 2, B67 Jean Caillou | Hall 3, A32 Mark Gessey | Hall 3, A62 Mark Seward | Halls 2 and 3, B7 and A10 Rob Hughes | Hall 3, A38

1970 Maico Moto Cross 250 1976 Honda TL125 125 1954 Matchless G3 LCS 350 1972 CZ Enduro 250 1959 Triumph Cub Trials 246 1978 Honda XL 250 1966 Triumph Mountain Cub 200 1982 Bultaco 325 1965 Bultaco 10 249 1962 Triumph Tiger Cub 200 1950 BSA B32 Rigid Competition 350 1951 Triumph TR5 500 1985 Honda TLM 200R 198 1978 Bultaco Sherpa 175 175 1981 JBR Honda 500 1972 Husqvarna WR125 125 1972 Hodaka Dirt Squirt 100 1991 Kawasaki KX500 500 1971 AJS Stormer Y5 370 1964 WASP RT4 250 1964 JMR Metisse 6 600 1964 Rickman Metisse Motox 500 Matchless Metisse 500 1958 Ducati Road Racer 216 1974 Bultaco Pursang 250 1964 Matchless G85 500 1959 Matchless MX 250

Private entries 1964 Greeves 24 TES 250 Brian Hulme Ian Hodge Sue Warder Terry Warder Peter Remington John Holmes Dave Cartwright Mike Lewis John May John May Tony Pollard Gordon (Monty) Davis Gordon (Monty) Davis Mike King Andrew Kinder Dougal Cullen Paul Davies Dennis Price Darren Fields Paul Rogerson Paul Rogerson David Stowe Ann Stowe Derek Daniels Michael Bracken Ben Christon Mick Beech Mick Beech

Acorns MCC Ltd | Hall 1, C31 All-Star Classic Speedway and Vintage Motorcycles | Hall 3, A33 Christian Motorcyclists’ Association | Foyer, F7a Classic England Motorcycle Destinations | Hall 3, A42 Classic MX Wales | Hall 3, A1 Cotton Owners Club | Foyer, F4 Dot Owners Club | Foyer, F7 Golden Valley Classic MCC | Foyer, F10 Greeves Riders Association | Hall 3, A37 National Sprint Association | Hall 3, A2 National Twinshock | Foyer, F1 Northampton Classic Club | Hall 3, A40 Northern British Bike Championships | Hall 2, B44 Peterchurch Grasstrack Club | Hall 3, A35 The Motorcycling Club | Foyer F7b Twinshock Championship | Hall 1, C82 UK Evo MX | Hall 3, A4 Westmorland Motor Club | Hall 3, A18




11.30am | KIA Twin Shock Trials awards presentation: Mick Bowers, Peter Salt, John Shirt, Scott Ellis and Yrjo Vesterinen, with Jack Burnicle 12pm | Honda MXGP manager and former British 125 champion Roger Harvey, with Jack Burnicle 12.45pm | ‘Greeves Greats’: Arthur Browning, Alan Clough, Bill Brooker, Mike Jackson and Ernst Häusler, with Jack Burnicle 1.25pm | National British Bike Trials presentation, with Suzanne Potts 1.55pm | 2016 British Scrambles Championship presentation, with Roger Harvey and Suzanne Potts 2.15pm | ‘A Tribute to Mart’: Sammy Miller, Mick Andrews, Yrjo Vesterinen and Rob Edwards, with Jack Burnicle 3pm | Sammy Miller talks about the Guzzi V8 and factory Bianchi 3.20pm | Former ISDE competitor and motor sport media mogul Peter Duke, with Jack Burnicle.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 11am | ‘A Tribute to Mart’: Dave Thorpe, Sid Lampkin and Sammy Miller, with Jack Burnicle 11.45am | Sammy Miller talks about his museum and favourite bikes 12pm | Honda MXGP manager and former British 125 champion Roger Harvey, with Jack Burnicle 12.45pm | ‘The Stars of Greeves’: Dick Clayton, Ernst Häusler, Badger Goss and Arthur Browning, with Jack Burnicle 1.30pm | Former ISDE competitor and motorsport media mogul Peter Duke, with Jack Burnicle 1.50pm | ‘The life that Jack built’: Jack Burnicle recalls his career 2.30pm | Former Greeves rider and importer Ernst Häusler, with Jack Burnicle 3pm | The Classic Dirt Bike Show awards presentation sponsored by Hagon Shocks, with Jack Burnicle.

Guest stars on menu for Saturday dinner


V commentator and motorcycle personality Jack Burnicle will host the traditional Saturday evening Classic Dirt Bike Show dinner, sponsored by Hagon Shocks, and he’ll be joined by fellow guests of honour Peter Duke and Roger Harvey. The trio will be speaking during and after the threecourse meal sharing stories from their respective careers along with their experiences within the motorcycle industry. It all takes place at the Holiday Inn Telford, just a stone’s throw from the International Centre. If you're reading this in advance of the show, there may still be time to secure your place – a ticket costs just £32 per person and includes the meal and coffee. You can follow the links from and book online, or call the customer services team on 01507 529529 and pay over the phone using your debit or credit card. When booking you will be asked to confirm the names of all the attendees you are buying for, along with any information about individual dietary requirements. Alternatively, if you’re reading this at the event, head to the information desk in the foyer to enquire about availability. Visitors can book any remaining seats in person, but be aware these will be limited.

DINNER INFORMATION SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 6.45pm | Reynolds Bar opens for pre-dinner drinks 7.15pm | Guests to be seated, Grace, introduction by master of ceremonies Jack Burnicle 7.30pm | Dinner to be served Guest speakers: Jack Burnicle, Peter Duke and Roger Harvey


Previous show dinner speaker Bill Brown.

Starter | Cream of vegetable soup with toasted croutons (v) Main course | Braised blade of beef placed on roast potatoes with roasted root vegetables served with traditional pan gravy and Yorkshire pudding (beef cooked medium) OR Roasted seasonal vegetables in a vegetable gravy with a creamy mashed potato topping served with vine-roasted tomatoes and roasted courgettes (v) Dessert | Vanilla crème brûlée with glazed sugar and fruit garnish OR Fresh fruit salad Followed by | Coffee

February 2017

See us at Telford February 18-19


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