Stafford show winners announced!

By Web editor, 20 October 2013
Best in show: 1959 Yamaha Liberty YDS1, owned by Mark Cowdery

After much midnight oil burning the best in show at Stafford was awarded to an extremely rare Yamaha YDS1 and the winner of the Classic Bikers Club Bike of the Year 2013 competition was Rodney Hann's Husqvarna 180 546. Full winners list below...

The best in show winner was an extremely rare 1959 Yamaha YDS1 1959 Ranch Model. The 'bike' was bought as an incomplete pile of bits six years ago and was finished just before the show. Yamaha described the Ranch Model in its sales literature as 'Specially built and designed for terrain and cross-country areas or for slow, tedious duties.' We're not sure about that, but it is utterly exquisite and a credit to owner Mark Cowdery.

Classic Bikers Club Bike of the Year 2013 and £1000 goodie bag winner was Rodney Hann. Rodney's Husqvarna 180 546cc was best in show winner last February in Bristol. Well done Rodney...

Rodney carried out a full restoration between 2002-04. The frame, V-twin engine and gearbox are Husqvarna's own manufacture. Husqvarna is one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers, as it started making motorcycles in 1903.

This bike was brought to England around 1970 but never used. It was taken in part exchange for a Rover machine wanted by a Swedish enthusiast. It was advertised for sale in 2000 and I was the first person to respond, and luckily a deal was done. The machine was virtually complete and in good condition and all tinware was sound, but the bike needed a full restoration.

The trophies will be presented to the owners in the Main Hall at 4pm by our guest of honour, track legend Christian Sarron. bike

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Full show awards                                              
Classic Bikers Club Bike of the Year 2013 (perpetual) + £1000 worth of goodies from GP Legends – 1925 Husqvarna 180 – Rod Hann
Best in Show + £100.00 + Rosette Rod Gibson Annual Award (perpetual) - 1959 Yamaha Liberty YDS1 – Mark Cowdery
Machine of Most Technical Interest – 1951 Narsissi Tandem – Mike Hele   
3rd Pre 1960’s Bike – 1923 PV Model K – Peter Lancaster
2nd Pre 1960’s Bike – 1958 Bianchi Bernina VL – Chris Hurst  
1st  Pre 1960’s Bike – 1958 Norton Manx 30M – Malcolm Potter   
3rd 1960’s Bike – 1969 Suzuki AS 50 – Charlotte Johnston       
2nd 1960’s Bike – 1968 Bridgestone GTR 350 – Lee Doxey   
1st 1960’s Bike – 1969 Suzuki T350 MkI – Paul Cann       
3rd 1970’s Bike – 1972 Yamaha TX500 – Rob Pemberton   
2nd 1970’s Bike – 1977 Suzuki GT750 – Keith Arkle       
1st 1970’s Bike - 1976 Kawasaki KH500-A8 – Alan Cooper   
3rd 1980’s Bike – 1985 Yamaha RD500 – Andy Bolas       
2nd  1980’s Bike – 1982 Hesketh V1000 – Dave Harris   
1st 1980’s Bike – 1985 Kawasaki GPZ Turbo – Garry Kendrick
Classic Racer Best Grand Prix display - Race Bikes UK
Classic Racer Best Racing machine (Perpetual) – Roberts Yamaha OW31 – Brian Wood   
Best Trade Stand - PMF Braking Services
Best Japanese Bike  – Suzuki M15D – Heidi Cockerton   
Best British Bike  – 1959 Norton Dominator – Ron Jennings
Best Continental Bike  – 1956 Parilla Formula 2 Bailbero – Allesandro Altinier   
Best off Road Bike – 1978 Kawasaki KE175B3 – Lizzy Boyce
Best Street Special – 1979 Honda Turbo CBX – Steve Golding
Most Original Bike – 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo – Paul Cripps
Best Custom Machine – 1961 Triumph Bonneville Bobber – Paul Goodall
Best Costume - Unwanted MCC (Mr & Mrs Ghoul)
Future Classic of the Year – 1998 Bimota V-Due – Darin Frow
Best Competition Machine – 1973 Husqvarna CR250 – Dave Stowe
Best Scrambler Machine – 2007 BSA Victor Rickman Metisse – Rob Smart
Best Trials Machine – 1973 Bultaco Sherpa – Timothy Roberts
Best Enduro/Trail Machine – 1965 Suzuki S10 – Heidi Cockerton
Best Rotary (Perpetual) – 1988 Norton Classic – Terry Hoyle
The Rising Sun Award (Perpetual. Best restored Japanese machine by a young person)  – 1990 Yamaha FS1 – Tom Rogers
Best Yamaha in Show (The Graham Farrer Memorial Trophy) (Perpetual)  – 1967 Yamaha YM2C – George Staples
Best Local Club stand  + £100.00 - North Wilts Motorcycle Club
Best Mixed Make Club + £100.00 - Italian Motorcyle Owners Club GB
Best Non Japanese Club + £100.00  - Ducati Owners Club
Best Japanese Club + £100.00 - Kawasaki Z1 Owners Club
30 Highly Commended Rosettes - 8, 29, 49, 53, 72, 74, 77, 150, 174, 215, 218, 222, 258, 359, 394, 452, 454, 549, 572, 639, 655, 680, 838, 876, 878, 882, 1013, 1017, 1020, 1155.

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