April 30 2012.

The 32nd Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show, held at Stafford County Showground this weekend, once again proved itself as the premier classic show in the motorcycling calendar.

With guest of honour Giacomo Agostini, the famous Bonhams auction and thousands of bikes on display, not even Sunday's April showers could stop the crowds from smiling.

Fifteen times world champion Agostini held the huge crowds spellbound with his stories of Grand Prix racing in the 1960s and 70s and even took time to passenger in a trials sidecar outfit around the Classic Dirt Bike arena.

Saturday saw a record attendance for the first day of the event and even on Sunday, when torrential rain and gales kept most of the midlands indoors, the Stafford halls were still packed with thousands of classic bike fans admiring the bikes and looking for that elusive, special part.

Traders reported good business and there was the usual stream of happy riders, striding between stalls, clutching their prized new mudguards, carburettors and assorted other motorcycle pieces.

The real stars of the show, of course, were the bikes.

Best in show was awarded to Graham Nock's 1965 DMW Typhoon, the incredibly rare twin-cylinder racer taking top honours in the face of tough competition. One of only two ever completed, the 500cc DMW was an attempt to provide road racing privateers with a truly competitive affordable racer.

In the Bonhams auction, the 'big hitters' duly delivered, with the SS100 Brough Superior knocked down at £242,300 (with the winning bidder delivering a clenched fist celebration!), the Series A HRD Rapide £225,500 and the last ever Series C Vincent Black Shadow realising £124,700. All prices include premium, but not taxes.

Brian Hill, MD of Mortons Media Group Limited, which runs the show said: "We, like most people, had been watching the forecast all week and were prepared for a quieter than normal show. But the punters, exhibitors and traders were brilliant all weekend. Proof, if it were ever needed, that the classic bike movement is truly something special."

Sunday's Bonhams auction was also packed out and healthy prices suggested that the boom in the classic bike market is set to continue.