January 11th, 2019.

The first weekend in the New Year saw thousands of classic bike and scooter enthusiasts descend upon Newark Showground for a successful season-opening event.

Guest of Honour “Fast” Freddie Spencer drew in large crowds as he took to the stage with local star Steve Plater. Talking about his life and career, and taking time to pose for photographs and sign memorabilia, Freddie was a hit with fans and showgoers alike. 

The show’s scooter element has also grown in recent years, becoming a popular date on the scootering social calendar. The introduction of Mod Radio in 2018 was a huge hit with exhibitors and visitors alike, creating an atmosphere all weekend. 

With trade and exhibitor spaces selling out a few weeks ahead of the event, there were plenty of machines for the judging panel to choose for the awards list. Picking up the “Best in Show” award was an immaculately restored 1985 Honda VF1000R belonging to Garry Kendrick. The UK 2-stroke club scooped first prize (and £750 prize money) for best club stand, followed by the Poachers Pre-65 trials club in second place, and the CRMC in a well-deserved third place overall.

Next up is The Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show, which takes place at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet on the 2nd and 3rd of February. Renowned for its club stands and vast autojumble, this event celebrates its 39th year and is a favourite amongst classic bike enthusiasts across the country.