Phil is a man who thrived in several golden racing periods, excelling in the days of the British big single (a TT winner in 1961 on a Norton), a multiple world champion on Japanese two-strokes, likewise on Italian four-strokes and finally a TT winner again (Honda, 1977), on the big Japanese multis.
The huge diversity of what Phil rode is in some ways a reflection of the current classic scene, where British, Japanese and Italian motorcycles coexist, all adding elements to our hobby – and all represented at the big shows, the biggest of all being, of course, this one here at Stafford.
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Phil will appear on stage twice each day in what promises to be one of the most interesting and entertaining chat shows seen at the show. In addition he’ll be in the Classic Racer Grand Prix paddock twice each day to sign memorabilia for fans.
One highlight of the Grand Prix paddock will be the sight, and more importantly sound, of the 125 and 250cc four-cylinder Yamaha Grand Prix machines, brought along by owner, and Read’s former Grand Prix mechanic Ferry Brouwer.
In the adjacent Classic Dirtbike area ‘Magic’ Mick Andrews, ably assisted by Classic Dirtbike editor Tim Britton, will be showing off-road fans how it’s really done.
The show boasts the usual huge autojumble, hundreds of trade stands, stunning club stands – with Velocette celebrating its centenary, and £1 million Bonhams auction.
Gates are open 9am to 6pm on the Saturday and 9am to 5pm on the Sunday. Two-day tickets cost £24 (adults), £22 (seniors) and £8 (under 15s) respectively. One-day tickets on the gate will cost £12, £11 and £4. For more information visit www.classicbikeshows.com
Future shows in 2013
? The Carole Nash Great Scottish Bike Show, May 11-12
? The Carole Nash Newark Bike Bonanza, June 22-23
? The 20th Carole Nash Eurojumble, September 6-7
? The 20th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Oct 19-20