The VJMC Classic Bike Show at Uttoxeter Racecourse is one of the largest shows of it's type in the UK with over 800 bikes on display around the venue.
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For 2008 we decided we would take the option of a stand in the Railway Marquee. We entered under the name of "The Honda MB Enthusiasts" and had a total of seven bikes on the stand. Despite being two metres short on the stand allocation we produced a professional display which earned us a "highly commended" award for the stand.
Special thanks go to Tilo & Jakob who drove 1200km (745 miles) to bring two very nice original bikes, a MB8 and MT8 (these are 80cc versions of the UK MB5 & MT5) which gave the stand a bit of a European flavour. Also many thanks to Andrew Harrison (AKA Skungheeney) for his MB5 special. This much modified MB5 has the pro-link (monoshock) from a MBX80 installed into the MB5 frame and a twin disc set up on the original 3 spoke comstars.
Apart from the disappointing weather it was a enjoyable weekend with many visitors to the stand. To my surprise I was awarded 2nd in the "Best 1980's Bike" class. This was not expected as there is a large number of bikes entered into this class and the standard of presentation is very high.
"The Honda MB Enthusiasts" stand
The Railway Marquee
A further view of the stand showing the MB8 & MT8
My bike and Steve's recently restored MB8 took pride of place on raised platforms with enhanced lighting
Andy's much modified MB5 special
Steve's MBX 80, this bike was awarded 3rd place in the "Best 1980's Bike" at last years show.
Rosette displaying 2nd place in the "Best 1980's Bike" class
I now also have a rather nice trophy to polish as well !
Receiving my trophy
Steve with his latest restoration, a German spec MB8 complete with panniers
Andy (Skungheeney) with his MB5 special. From this picture you can clearly see the mono-shock conversion.
Tilo with his very original MB8 complete with rack and crash bars manufactured by "Schuh" in Germany
Jakob with Tilo's MT8. jakob owns and rides an MT8 although it is the white version.
Group photo from let to right: Jakob Nagel, me! (Tony Mawson), Steve Mawson & Tilo vom Hagen
Tilo & Jakob travelled a total of 1200km (745 miles) to reach the Uttoxeter Show. The bikes were carried on a specially adapted carrier.
Finally a very artistic picture taken by Tilo.