from the archive: Whit’s Wisdom at Newark – January 9-10


With record crowds, for what is now the established start to the classic year, James kept the large audience around the stage spellbound with tales from his racing days.

He also shared his natural enthusiasm for classic motorcycles, admitting when questioned by MC Steve Plater, to owning a large stable of machines in various stages of restoration.

CBS Newark Winter Classic 2016 Classic Bike Show Newark 2016
CBS Newark Winter Classic 2016 Classic Bike Show Newark 2016

The honour of claiming the Best in Show award went to Jeff Elliot and his Triumph Trident Hyde Harrier, which featured some great diversions from standard. Starting with just a frame it only took Jeff two years to produce the stunning finished machine.

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Scooter World proved very popular with club and trade stands, along with competitive engine rebuild competition.

The stunning display on the Gold Star Owners’ Club stand.
Jeff Elliot’s Best in Show winner.
Purposeful Suzuki XR69 racer.

And it was a Lambretta that attracted as much attention from the motorcycle visitors as anything else in the show. Nick Prince’s Legends of Man is an amazing tribute to the Isle of Man TT races, with incredible air brush work. Obviously he claimed the Best Scooter award.

A Saturday evening dinner and two auctions, organised by Mau Spencer and his Scooter World team raised over £4000 for charity.

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