Off-road legends confirmed for Telford

The Baron of Bury St Edmunds – Jeff Banks

2019’s Classic Dirt Bike Show will celebrate the off-road machines of 50 years ago and so the organisers are on the hunt for classic trials, scramblers and other off-roaders from 1969. Sponsored by Hagon Shocks, the event will be held on February 16/17, 2019, with the clock being turned back to 1969. Show consultant Alan Wright can be contacted with offers of 1969 machinery on 01789 751422 – they do not need to be concours, just solid examples of that year’s offerings.

Two iconic all-time off-road champs have been confirmed as guests of honour at the show, to be held at Telford International Centre. Multiple world, indoor and British trials champion Dougie Lampkin will be appearing on stage with commentator Jack Burnicle, who will probe into the highs and lows of how Dougie got to the top. And BSA works team motocrosser John Banks, who won four British championships and narrowly missed out on two world 500cc titles, will be interviewed by Jack Burnicle each day, providing a first-hand account of his years in Europe, including how Bengt Aberg beat him to the 1969 crown, and of his experiences with the BSA competition shop until its closure in 1971.

Dozens of clubs and private owners will be showing off their beautifully prepared off-road machines at the show, while hundreds of traders will be offering dirt biking kit – from new bikes, parts and accessories to riding gear and even project bikes if you’re up for a challenge. Plus, why not have a rumble in the autojumble, starting at 9am, and get your hands on an off-road bargain? Lastly, join the throng on the Saturday evening, where the two off-road legends will recount memories of their exploits to assembled guests during a three-course, sit-down meal for just £33. Exhibition manager Nick Mowbray said: “Guests will hear fascinating tales from legends in the off-road industry during the evening. The Classic Dirt Bike Show dinner is an exceptional event in the off-road scene and is not to be missed!”

Further details of advance ticket sales and the dinner can be found at classicbikeshows.com.

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