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As ever, this year’s Eurojumble offers ample opportunities to buy lots of classic bike bits – but if you happen to have too many of those already, then there’s also the chance for a clear-out. Turn your unwanted spares into cash, and help someone else complete their project…

Eurojumble is reassuringly old-school kind of autojumble which concentrates almost entirely on old bikes. There’s no spangly sideshows, no craft fayre or dog-n-pony show; no air-conditioned coffee lounges serving skinny macchiato with a caramel twist for a tenner, or barbers offering to trendily trim your beard or wax your ’tache. Instead it’s a lot like bikejumbles used to be: a stack of stalls in a huge field with more than 300 traders offering new-old stock, secondhand spares and brand new components to suit classic motorcycles.

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Tools, books, memorabilia, riding gear, workshop equipment and all manner of other bike-related paraphernalia will be up for grabs – and much of these wares will have come from the Continent especially for this weekend. If you happen to own a French or Spanish machine then Eurojumble is the natural place to search for spares, but bits for classic British bikes also tend to surface here for the first time. If you haven’t been before, here’s a quick stroll around last year’s jumble:

Eurojumble isn’t only about buying classic motorcycles in kit form. You can also go home with a complete machine, courtesy of the Charterhouse auction which takes place at 1pm on the Friday. This year’s sale includes a smattering of more modern motorcycles at the cheap ’n’ cheerful end of the spectrum, and then a broad selection of classic and collectible bikes.

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It’s not often you see an eight-valve Triumph TSS 750 going under the hammer, for instance; the one in the auction is valued at around £6500. A handsome Panther Redwing 600, dating from 1929, is expected to fetch between £12k and £15k. Other lots of interest to RC readers include a solid sidevalve BSA M20 (estimate £5000), a BMW R100RS converted into an R90S-style café racer (£7000), and a ‘just needs final fettling’ Ariel Red Hunter (£3500). You’ll find further details about the bikes in the auction here.

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If, on the other hand, you’re looking to declutter the shed, then roll up on the Saturday bright and early. Arrive at 8am and £20 secures a single-day plot to sell your surplus spares and bike-related bits and bobs (that’s for a car only; trailers and vans cost more). Bring your own paste table, or a tarp to spread everything out… and try not to go home with more spares than you started with!

Folks travelling from further afield might like to take advantage of the camping facilities: two people can stay for two nights – the Thursday and Friday – for £60, including admission to the jumble. That means you’ll be ideally situation on the first morning to snaffle the early-bird bargains…

To save another couple of quid, and avoid any queues on the gate, you can buy e-tickets online in advance. Print off the ticket at home or show it on your phone – saves fumbling around for cash when you arrive.

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WHAT: The Carole Nash Eurojumble
WHERE: Netley Marsh near Southampton, SO40 7GY
WHEN: Friday 31st August 31 and Saturday 1st September 2018
AT: 9am both days
ADVANCE TICKETS: Available until Monday 27th August

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