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Over 80 motorcycles from the world-famous Isle of Man museum will be offered at No Reserve at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show this October

Anthony R. East at the Isle of Man. Photo by Richard Sowersby / Alamy Stock Photo.


London – The motorcycle department of the newly rebranded Bonhams|Cars is pleased to offer the world class collection of motorcycles from Anthony R. East at an all No Reserve sale at The Autumn Stafford Sale – The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on 14/15 October.

Regular visitors to the Isle of Man will be familiar with the A.R.E. Classic Motorcycle Collection located within the beautiful grounds of The Old Vicarage at Kirk Michael on the TT course. At times comprising over 100 machines (including those on loan), this world class collection was lovingly assembled by the late Tony East, who moved to the Island when he retired in 2002.

A larger-than-life character, Tony was born in 1940 and became fascinated by motorcycles while still a boy, collecting abandoned machines left in people’s sheds, and would go on to enjoy a highly successful career in the automotive parts supply business, eventually founding his own company, A.R.E. Limited. Many of the motorcycles he collected came to him via contacts in the trade.

Tony was a regular presence at Stafford Classic Bike Shows, selling components and hydraulic lifts for motorcycles. An active member of both the Vintage Motor Cycle Club and Friends of the TT Riders’ Association, he was president of the IoM section of the VMCC, organising and hosting many of their events at his Kirk Michael Museum. Fellow museum-owner and motorcycle legend Sammy Miller said: “He was a great man. A great friend. A great enthusiast.” In fact, Tony was the owner of one of the best collection of Triumphs in private ownership in the British Isles, all of which have been meticulously restored.

Highlights from the Anthony R. East classic motorcycle collection.


Highlights from the collection include:

  • 1938 Triumph Speed Twin, estimated at £12,000-17,000.
  • 1937 Triumph Tiger 90, estimated at £10,000-14,000.
  • 1938 Triumph Tiger 80, estimated at £7,000-10,000.
  • 1951 Triumph Speed Twin, estimated at £7,000-10,000.
  • 1937 Triumph 6S, estimated at £7,000-9,000.
  • 1935 BSA Blue Star, estimated at £6,500-9,500.
  • 1937 Ariel Red Hunter, estimated at £9,000-13,000.
  • 1965 BMW R60, estimated at £7,000-10,000.

The Stafford Spring and Autumn Sales are the premier European collectors’ motorcycle auctions. The Autumn Stafford Sale will be staged over two days, with all lots available to view throughout the weekend.


If you are considering selling your collectors’ motorcycles and wish to be a part of this worldwide event, please visit to find your nearest specialist, to discuss selling and buying at auction, or to submit a Complimentary Auction Valuation.


Contact Bonhams Motorcycles for further information at or +44 (0) 20 8963 2817