Classic MX Wales managed to get another stand for the Telford Show, and was a bit better organised than in previous years, with 5 solos and a sidecar outfit on the stand, as well as literature to give out and some photo boards. Though it felt like numbers were down on previous years, as the halls felt less packed, not sure that this was the case and it might have been the layout that gave it that feel. A lot of familiar faces came past the stand with a general enthusiasm for the season ahead, as well as number of people who fancied riding classic motocross for the upcoming season. By the end of the weekend, the stand looked well used, and an additional 4 bikes were there after various purchases that took place.
I picked up a Husqvarna 360 Automatic from 1976, from carpark at 09h00 on Saturday morning, as well as 1970 250 4-speeder that Paul Prosser located during the Sunday afternoon. A very rapid visit to the cashpoint machines of the nearby shopping centre ensured I had the necessary the funds for the unplanned second purchase. Ben Weaver picked up a nice 1974 380 Bultaco, and his brother Sam acquired another Maico, a 1977 400, for the Weaver collection. Brian Bodfish bought a hydralic bike lift, which ended up heading back to Wales in my van/trailer along with a couple of tons of other items on Sunday.
It was my first year not outside with the Autojumble, but a visit around 09h00 seemed to indicate that it was pretty popular, though the number of stalls still seems to be declining steadily. Kevin, Giant, Mark and others from Tredegar kept up the tradition, though AFAIK, Mark’s good value DT failed to sell, as did many of bikes. There was a nicely priced 1982 420 Husky still unsold on the Sunday, as well as a 1976 250, which was a bit more money. Bing 54 carbs didn’t seem too popular and managed to pick up a couple of 5 pounds each. As per previous years, pricing generally was on the high side, with £9000 Twinport CZs and a £12000 CCM catching the eye. As a rule of thumb £1000 will get you a project pre74 or Twinshock, with circa £2500 getting you a race ready bike, though more for the desirable models. The psychology of buying/selling at Telford is covered in another article, except to say there are deals to be done, but you need to be the educated buyer, and pretty quick.
I’d not been on the Sunday before and true to say whilst it is quieter, there are some deals to be done on bikes that might have not made their higher asking price on the Sunday (the 1970 Husky being one of those). A bit more space and time gives you a chance to visit the vendors at leisure and maybe pick up a few bargins missed on the whirlwind travese of the jumble on the Saturday morning, as you look to beat the Belgians to the bargins.
Staying up for the weekend also meant you could enjoy the delights of the Wetherspoons in Wellington (close to the Travelodge) and of Telford (near to the Premir Inn and Park Inn) as well as getting you stomach around the surperb breakfast at the nearby Boxwood Cafe. Not a lot of gossip, but AFAIK noone got the tape measures out for bike suspensions, which avoid the controversy of the previous year. Coming off a busy work week, wasn’t really in the most refreshed mood for Telford but managed to struggle through and really enjoyed the weekend, which flew by. Though some will rightly argue that it’s not what it was, it is still a worthwhile show for the classic MX or trials enthusiast. As the Belgium contingent will testify, there is no other show like it in Benelux, though some of the larger autojumbles like at Novegro in Milan will be a better place for Italian exotica.