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Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show preview

18 manufacturers, a unique Moto GP display and a chance to buy Brad Pitt’s custom Triumph make this year’s Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show one of the most eagerly anticipated shows yet. You can also have a pint in John McGuinness’ own pop-up pub!

Following on from last year’s record-breaking show, the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show returns to the Excel on 16 February for three days of new bikes, discounted gear, indoor races and some very rare bikes.

Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show

Foremost amongst the rare bikes are nine Moto GP bikes, assembled together for the first time, including Barry Sheene’s 1979 XR27, Kevin Schwantz’s 1994 RGV500 XR8 and two Rossi bikes – his 2003 Honda RC211V and 2004 Yamaha YZF-M1.

Another one-off, Brad Pitt’s custom Triumph Bonneville is also up for auction with Bonhams on the Saturday.

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If you can tear yourself away from the major manufacturer’s stands, all 18 of them in 2018, the centre of the show will be the all-new free live-action show; Michelin Thunderdrome. Based off the boardtrack racers of the 1900s, the display will see Superbike legend and former I’m A Celebrity winner Carl Fogarty returning to the track as he goes head to head with Neil Hodgson, Chris Walker and Ruben Xaus in a high-speed race around the 45-degree banking.

Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show
The indoor racing track is back, this year featuring Carl Foggerty

There is a repeat of the cafe and customs and adventure sections of previous years, but the main draw may well be John McGuiness pulling pints in his very own pub. The TT legend will be chatting with fans about his amazing road racing career.

As usual, many visitors will be there for the fantastic bargains to be found in the trade stalls. If you need a new helmet, leathers or want to find a great price for an adventure tour, the show is the place to be.

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