April 2 2004.

The Carole Nash-sponsored 24th International Classic MotorCycle Show at the Stafford County Showground on 24th and 25th April has got a truly international flavour.

In addition to the normal influx of visitors from mainland Europe, a party from Finland have made a block booking and there's even a display by the Hawaii Business Show!

Closer to home, ever-popular contributor to show sponsors 'The Classic MotorCycle' magazine, Richard Rosenthal makes his debut on the new 'helping hints' desk of the Mortons stand. Richard is well known for his 'You Were Asking' advice column in the magazine and readers and visitors will have the chance to put the affable expert on the spot with their own queries.

Don't forget to take a good look at the stunning selection of machines from the Sammy Miller Museum also appearing on the Mortons stand. Sam is bringing three works Nortons in the shape of the Kneeler, F Model and the Lowboy. The display will be a must not just for Norton fans, but anyone who has even a passing interest in classic racing machinery.

Over on the Gold Star Owners Club stand, club members are planning to re-unite Ewan McGregor Haldane with the very machine on which he led the 1954 Clubman's TT for the first three laps. After breaking the lap record twice, Ewan eventually finished third in the race after a catastrophic refuelling stop. The bike now belongs to club member Dave Webber, who lives in Germany and bought the bike with only 10,411 miles on the clock.

Those whose tastes run to later classics should head for the CBX Riders Club (UK), where the machine that won last year's National Sprint Association Open Class Championship with a time of 10.6sec for the standing quarter mile - not bad for a 26-year-old bike with a 63-year-old owner!

Good news for concours winners this year is that DB Covers will be providing free bike covers to all class winners.

All this, plus guest of honour Peter Collins and his bikes - again on the Mortons stand - and more outside stands than ever before, makes the International Classic MotorCycle Show an event not to be missed. But if you want to benefit from the discounted fast track tickets, you'll have to look sharp. Be quick and you could save yourself money and beat the queues by telephoning 01507 529300

The show gates open at 9am, closing at 5pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets cost on the day £8 adults, £5.00 for Senior Citizens and Under-15s £2. There are advance tickets available at a saving too, on the ticket hotline. Tel: 01507 5259300 or book on line

For more details for stand space, contact the show team, Nick or Glynis on 01507 529430/1 or visit or email .