Wednesday March 14th 2018

With the warmer temperatures, comes more enthusiasm for spending time in the shop, and so now I have more room to move around in there, I decided to fire up the TRS Raga 250, which had not been started since last October. - Happy to say it only took two kicks to get it going ( Love that bike)

RACING legend and ‘King Maker’ Neil Tuxworth has been confirmed as the guest of honour at the 38th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show on April 21-22 at Stafford County Showground. Tuxworth is a racing legend – from his first track outing at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire, in 1969 aboard a humble BSA Bantam to racing in British National and International meetings scoring podiums and wins. With a love of road racing it was inevitable he would be drawn to the greatest challenge in motorcycle sport – the Isle of Man TT – racking up a Manx Grand Prix win, a runner-up spot in the Formula 2 TT and five third places.

Neil followed the Continental Circus as much as possible, scoring Grand Prix World Championship points in the UK, Austria, and Finland, and his desire to race anything with two wheels that saw him compete in motocross, sand racing and even ice racing during the winter months.

In 1986, he came very close to paying the ultimate price for his sport. A huge crash at Aberdare Park had medics and Neil’s family initially fearing for his life. He battled through, only to be told he may never walk again.

Malc Wheeler, Mortons Media Group associate director and a friend of Tuxworth’s, recalled how he witnessed his fight back to fitness: “Believe me, inside the pleasant, well-mannered man you’ll see on stage at the show is a true man of steel. Obviously after a warning like that you hang up your leathers? Not Neil. It’s going to be fascinating listening to all the stories at the show, I’m sure there are some I haven’t heard!”

In later years, Neil is most widely known for managing many of Honda’s racing efforts. He was the mastermind behind household racing names such as Joey Dunlop, John Kocinski  and Colin Edwards to name but a few, giving Honda multiple World and National championship titles.

It’s guaranteed that Neil’s time on stage at the show will be entertaining. With so much achieved in all aspects of racing and race management, his stories are sure to captivate.

The Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford is the biggest classic bike show in the world. It’s packed with thousands of classic machines and is the natural home for bike clubs to meet and show off their motorcycles. It boasts the largest autojumble anywhere in the UK too – so with hundreds of traders selling everything from bikes to books, you don’t need to be crazy about motorcycles to enjoy a great day out.

You might just need to come both days to see everything though!


Tuesday afternoon was absolutely glorious in the Valley, so what better to do than get out for a ride with Hugh on his new Beta 300 -now Hugh has been off the bikes for quite some time, so it’s going to take him a while to get used to the latest iron, but suffice to say, just to be out on the ridge in the fresh  air, was a tonic for us both.

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Just had to post this shot of Brecon in Wales - That is where the 1983 ISDE was held and as you can see - they do get some some snow.

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