Classic Machine Maven "Old MJ" Brings Expertise To MCBA 2006


June 6, 2006 - Legendary collectible motorcycle expert Mike Jackson, aka "Old MJ", has teamed up with longtime friend and MCBA co-founder Gavin Trippe to bring his discerning eye, colorful commentary, and impressive pedigree to this year's Monterey Classic Bike Auction.

"There are many fine machines out there, somewhere, tucked away," says Jackson. "I see it almost as a duty that, where appropriate, we endeavor to recycle this `dormant' metal. We are, all of us, but temporary stewards of these icons, which need be widely enjoyed."

After an illustrious career both racing motorcycles and marketing them - including ownership interests in the Norton and BSA factories - Jackson "retired" in 1995, only to become more active than ever in the two-wheeled world as a show judge, writer, and evaluator. A stint with Sotheby's Chicago was followed by his current post at fabled British auction house Cheffins, with its 150-year-old tradition of proffering vintage machinery.

At MCBA '06, Jackson's expertise and descriptions will assist bidders in their valuations of vehicles, both during preview sessions and as the bikes actually go on the block.

"Anyone who has seen or heard about Old MJ's involvement in a show or auction can tell you that he just transforms the atmosphere of an event," says Trippe. "Not only does he know his stuff, but he brings an element of entertainment that creates a most memorable occasion."

Registration forms for buyers and sellers are available now at, with no charge for bidder paddles until June 23. The website also offers extensive information about this year's auction, which takes place July 20-22 at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey during MotoGP week at Laguna Seca.

While Jackson's presence at the event is a strong lure, bidders in fact do not have to be present to acquire the collectible bike of their dreams. An online simulcast bidding program enables prospective buyers to bid in real time at their computer screen from anywhere in the world. A third of the gavels came down in favor of collectors participating offsite during last year's inaugural MCBA.


Mike Jackson brought his distinctive flair and encyclopedic knowledge of bikes to the recent Legend of the Motorcycle concours at Half Moon Bay.