Rainey proved an incredible hit with fans, with his stories both on and off the racetrack, with unprecedented crowds flocking around to hear his tales of trials and tribulations.
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Competing with the American racer for the crowd's attention was undoubtedly the most superb selection of classic motorcycles on display in the UK; this coupled with a record stand attendance, once more proved that the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show is unarguably the biggest and best show around for visitors.
Another huge success was this year's rideouts, with the public lining up to test the latest machines from top manufacturers Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Triumph – demonstrating that this really is a motorcycling event for everyone.
It was once more a cracking weekend for Bonhams Auction too. The first motorcycle in the sale, the 1955 DB34 Gold Star BSA which was last on the road in 1968 and in need of a full restoration, made £7200 – well over its estimate. While the biggest sale of the weekend, the Brough Superior SS100 'Moby Dick', made a huge £190,000 under the hammer.
Malcolm Wheeler, director of show organiser Mortons Media, said: "Like everybody else that attended the show, I was completely blown away by guest of honour Wayne Rainey. It was a fantastic weekend and judging by the huge crowds and how people were spending money, it was superb to see how the classic scene remains so healthy in hard economic times."
What it's all about…
With the emphasis firmly on motorcycles from the 60's, 70's, and 80's; the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show is getting bigger and better each year. With more than 30,000 enthusiasts demonstrating the growing popularity in motorcycles from this era it really would be a shame to miss it. Also the amazing Wall of Death will be back, where they will be doing their breathtaking shows throughout the weekend.
2012 Dates: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2012 – Stafford County Show Ground, Staffordshire ST18 0BD.
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