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James May’s classic Honda collection revealed

He may be better known for his four-wheel exploits in the TV show Top Gear or championing childhood toys of the past in his current series Toy Stories but James May’s true passion is for two wheels, especially classic Hondas.
Together with Honda expert, restorer and spares supremo David Silver, James and David are selecting twelve of their favorite bikes from their combined collections and displaying them exclusively at the show.

Focussing on Honda’s from the 60’s and 70’s, the collection ranges from the CS71, an ultra rare, high level exhaust version of the C71 to James’ CB400 Four that was fully restored for him by Silver in 2012. The bike that also featured in MCN’s sister title Classic Bike. The blue and silver CB250K0 that was prominent in May’s TV show Man Lab will also be on display. See below for a full list of the bikes.

All twelve machines showcase what many consider to be a golden era of Japanese motorcycling with their innovative engineering, modern design and watch like build qualities. Bikes that for a long time were considered as ‘disposable’ by many, are now finding new fans. It’s testament to May’s motorcycling knowledge and enthusiasm that he’s chosen early Honda’s rather than the ubiquitous machines celebrities usually choose.

The classic Hondas on display
1960 CS71 Dream Sports, 1964 CYB92 Benly, 1964 CYB77, 1963 C92, 1969 CB250K0, 1976 CB550F2, 1975 CB400F, 1970 CB750K0, 1970 SS125, 1967 C100,1970 PS50, 1975 XL70



Exclusive Mike Hailwood tribute

The 2014 show will be hosting a very special, world exclusive, tribute to Mike ‘the bike’ Hailwood. 35 years after Mike’s last TT win, the display will include his bikes, trophies, clothing, a Ford GT40 sports car raced by Mike, personal items such as helmets, leathers, gloves plus items provided by the family that are rarely seen in public. The tribute is a special one-off exhibition and a fitting tribute to one of the UK’s best-loved racers.


ALSO: See historic race bikes on the H&H Auction stand

The H&H Auction stand will be packed with some fantastic classic race and road bikes including:

  • 1967 Honda 297cc six
  • 1966 Honda 350 four
  • 1951 Vincent Black Shadow
  • 1974 Yamaha TZ 750 A ex Gene Romero-Daytona Winner
  • 1983 Suzuki XR41 ex Rob McElnea Double TT winner
  • 1953 NSU Sportmax ex Mike Hailwood and John Surtees
  • 1971 Yamaha TD2 ex Phil Read GP machine
  • 1937 DKW 250 Factory machine
  • 1925 Triumph Ricardo ex Stanley Woods
  • 1960 Bianchi 500 factory machine ex Remo Venturi

*Details correct at the time of publication, but the organiser’s reserve the right to alter content as is deemed necessary.*