We were fortunate enough to be in the Classic Dirt Bike Hall at the 19th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show where CBD editor Tim Britton collared Trials legend Sammy Miller for an impromptu interview...
Sam who was a hugely successful Trials rider and road racer remembers being invited to Barcelona to trial the Bultaco Sherpa prototype. He marvelled at just how good it was.
At the end of 1964 Sammy signed for Bultaco. The rest, as they say, is history. Once Bultaco had signed off the prototype, the company produced 1000 bikes in that year - the equivalent of five or more years production from the British motorcycle industry.
After the success of the Sherpa, Montesa and Ossa "jumped on the bandwagon" says Sammy. And now, of course, the Spanish lead and dominate the market.
As an aside, when Sammy had finished, a desperate visitor was asking other visitors for a loan of a piece of paper and a pen, for the great Sammy's autograph. He got in in the end and, with shakey hands, popped it into his wallet...
This is part of the attraction at the Stafford Show, legends rub shoulders with visitors. Earlier Kiwi race suiperstar Grame Crosby had been signing autographs in the GP paddock.
09.00 - Show opens
09.00 - Bonhams sale open for viewing*
10.00 - Trials Demonstration and tips with Tim Britton Classic Dirt Bike Editor, Yrjo Vesterinen and Brian Marr outside the Dirt Bike Experience Hall. Followed by Dales Classic Trials Club Demonstration
11.00 - Graeme Crosby on stage – Main Hall
12.00 - Firing up the legends in the Classic Racer GP Paddock, with Graeme Crosby signing autographs
13.00 - On stage with the off road stars in the Dirt Bike Experience Hall
14.00 - Trials Demonstration & tips with Tim Britton CDB Editor, Yrjo Vesterinen and Brian Marr outside the Dirt Bike Experience Hall. Followed by Dales Classic Trials Club Demonstration
15.00 - Firing up the legends in the Classic Racer GP Paddock with Graeme Crosby signing autographs
16.00 - Graeme Crosby on stage – Main Hall
* Bonhams catalogue needed
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• There’s free parking at the show and dogs on leads are welcome.
• Gates are open 9am to 6pm on the Saturday and 9am to 5pm on the Sunday.
• Tickets on the gate will cost £12, £10.50 and £4 for under 15s.
Stafford County Showground (sat nav postcode: ST18 0BD) is on the A518, approximately one mile out of Stafford (heading from Stafford towards Uttoxeter).
From the M6 Motorway, take exit 14 and take the A518 towards Stafford, and through to follow signposts for the Stafford Showground.