Croz heads up Stafford

Make a diary date for Stafford show

Former GP and Superbike star Graeme Crosby is guest of honour at the 19th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, over October 20-21, at the Stafford County Showground.

‘Croz’ raced from 1974 in his native New Zealand superbike class and headed for Europe a couple of years later. He came to prominence in the UK by successfully campaigning the sit up and beg Moriwaki Kawasaki. In 1980 he won the Senior TT and became part of Suzuki’s official GP squad. Among his successes that year he also won the Suzuka Eight Hours race and the TTF1 World Championship. He finished fifth in the 1981 500cc world standings and retained the TTF1 title. He swapped to Agostini Yamaha for 1982 and won the Daytona 200. He finished runner-up in the 500cc world ranking before retiring unscathed.

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He’s since run a series of successful motorcycle businesses, seen success in Antipodean touring car championships and has been inducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2010, he released his autobiography called CROZ – Larrikin Biker (ISBN 9781869508579), which is well worth a read.

More than 1000 traders showcased their wares at last year’s Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show and this year it looks certain to be larger still – offering an even greater selection of bikes, parts, tools, leathers, maintenance services, insurance, workshop manuals, books, magazines, memorabilia, transfers and even gifts.

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Club stands are being booked up fast too, more than 60 at the last count, so you can see a bevy of beautiful 1960s, 70s and 80s machines looking their very best.

Advance tickets are £10 per day for an adult, £8.50 per day for an OAP, or £3 per day for children. On the gate prices are £12.50, £10.50 and £4.

Call the ticket hotline on 01507 529529, or to book a stand, call 01507 529430.

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