January 16 2013.

One of the world's fastest men on two wheels will be the star guest at Britain's top international classic motorcycle showcase event.

Phil Read rode his Yamaha RD56 249cc to victory in the 1964 Grand Prix world championship and went on to become the first man ever to win a world title in each of the 125, 250 and 500cc classes. He will tell tales of his life on the cutting edge of motorsport when he appears at the 33rd Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2013.

The event, which will feature more than 500 traders, takes place at Stafford County Showground in Weston Road, Stafford ST18 0BD.

Attractions include the gravity-defying Wall of Death motorcycle show, the GP Paddock, where you can hear the roar of legendary race-bred beasts being fired up, and a display celebrating a century of classic marque Velocette featuring nine bikes and two engines.

Phil Read's former mechanic Ferry Brouwer is bringing two bikes to the show, the ever so popular Wall of Death will be back and Mick Andrews will be taking part in a trials demonstration twice a day on both days next to the event's Dirt Bike Hall.

Classic Bike Shows organiser Nick Mowbray said: "Phil Read was world champion during the golden age of motorcycle racing when technology was advancing in leaps and bounds and the men he competed against were some of the most talented riders ever to open a throttle.

"He won again and again in often less than ideal conditions and if anyone can be accurately described as a legend, it's him. I'm pleased he's coming to Stafford and I'm even more pleased that he's going to be the guest of honour at one of the best show's we've ever staged. There's a list of attractions as long as your arm already lined up for April and we're doing everything we can to squeeze in even more between now and when the gates open on April 27. It's an international event and we're going to make it something that we'll be proud to show the whole world."