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See May and Hammond’s classic bike collections

Published: 15 January 2015

Updated: 15 January 2015

Richard Hammond and James May are absolute bike nuts with extensive collections of some fascinating machines and, for the first time ever, we’re bringing their cherished machines together in a fantastic display at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show.

On February 13-15 at the ExCel 
Centre in London’s Docklands a hand-picked selection of Hammond and May’s bikes will be on display ranging from May’s Honda CBR250K0, which appeared in his popular TV series Man Lab, to Hammond’s new Norton 961SP.

What’s remarkable about both celebrities’ collections is the variety and eclectic nature of the bikes. You might expect star bike collections to be full of the most expensive and rarest machines and yes, Hammond does own a couple of Brough Superiors, but the pair also own everything from  1970s Hondas and 1950s Brit racers to Japanese superbikes from the 1980s. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the two-wheeled world of the UK’s most successful motoring presenters and the range of machines proves a genuine depth of interest rather than collecting for collecting sake or tying up money away from the taxman. 

The full list of bikes on display will be revealed soon but while Hammond will be bringing along exclusively Brit content, May’s collection will all be Hondas. With the help of David Silver of Honda specialist David Silver Spares, May has become a fanatical collector of the marque amassing a huge collection of the bikes from across the globe. 

For more information, visit the MCN Motorcycle Show website.

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