April 8 2013.

The 33rd International Classic MotorCycle Show in April is one of the premier shows of its kind in the world... and this year it's bigger and better than ever.

The scale of the world famous show, held at the Stafford County Showground on April 27th to the 28th sets it apart from other classic bike shows with more than 500 autojumble and trade stands, over 70 club stands and a £1 million Bonhams Auction. More than 33,000 enthusiasts flocked to the Stafford County Showground for last year's event and this year with guest of honour, Phil Read, is expected to be another record-breaker.
Sunday's Bonhams Auction, with viewing on Saturday, is going to be one of this year's big draws. A Vincent Black Shadow that formed part of a bid by the factory to set a new 24 hour speed record in 1952 is among £1 million worth of lots already consigned for the annual sale. Although mechanical failures prevented the bid at Montlhery, France in May 1952 from being successful, the British team returned home with eight new records, including six hours at over 100mph. The fully restored, matching numbers machine has been owned by the current vendor for more than 40 years and is offered with a pre-sale estimate of £110,000 to £130,000.

Among other machines consigned to the Bonhams sale is a trio of Brough motocycles - two from a single owner collection, a rare factory-restored 1957 Ariel Square Four 4GMk.2 (estimate £12,000- £14,000) and a 1988 Norton Classic rotary - number '51' of the 100 built - that has only covered 1500 miles from new (estimate £8,000 - £10,000).
Ben Walker, head of the Bonhams motorcycle department said: "We are very much looking forward to the first UK sale of the year at the International Classic MotorCycle Show. It has been an excellent start to 2013 for the department, which recorded its most successful sale in Las Vegas in January and more than doubled its previous sale total in Paris earlier this month. We hope to continue this run of success at the first of our two annual sales in Stafford. We are delighted to be able to offer such a wide and eclectic range of important motorcycles at what has traditionally been a very successful sale."

Gates are open 9am to 6pm on the Saturday and 9am to 5pm on the Sunday.

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