Classic Bike Heaven

Published: 02 November 2016

Thousands flock to Peterborough Arena for the first Classic Bike Live 

Classic Bike Live burst on to the classics scene at the Peterborough Arena last weekend, with a stunning array of classic bikes, stars and live start-ups.

Guests of honour, TT legends John McGuinness and Mick Grant, headlined the show with a stunning selection of their own machines. McGuinness rolled out a unique selection of TT bikes from his private collection, covering every era of his Mountain Course career, from his debut race 20 years ago in 1996 to the present day – including his stunning 1999 Honda TSR250.

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Grant was also on hand throughout the weekend, reliving the glory days, showcasing his rarely-seen legendary Kawasaki KR750, and talking about his infamous rivalry with Barry Sheene in the 1970s. Many of Sheene’s bikes also took pride of place as part of the huge number of road and race bikes on show.

On Sunday, Classic Bike magazine’s Rick Parkington was joined by TV’s Shed and Buried stars Henry Cole and Sam Lovegrove to talk all things rust and resto. Showgoers also got plenty of opportunities to stick their fingers in their ears as many glorious historic machines fired into life – including Eric Patterson’s deafeningly brilliant Norton JAP which claimed a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA.

Among the hundreds of rare bikes on display was Andy Baldwin’s ‘Best in Show’-winning Suzuki TC250.

Roll on Classic Bike Live 2017!

 

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