2006 Motorcycle Classics Barber show winner Jack Wells and his 1912 Abingdon King Dick.
Just about anywhere you go these days, you’ll find classic bikes showing their best for a growing crowd of classic bike fans. Ahhh, but where do they shine brightest? Oregon and Utah or Alabama and North Carolina? We aim to find out, with the Motorcycle Classics East Meets West Classic Bike Shows, and the winner gets to see his or her bike featured in the pages of Motorcycle Classics.
The challenge is simple: East or West, who’s got the best bikes? To find out, we’re holding two shows with – you guessed it – one East and one West. We’ll hold the first show, the Motorcycle Classics Bike Show West, on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the 3rd Annual Bonneville VintageGP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Presented by Motorcycle Classics, the Bonneville VintageGP hosts rounds 14-15 of the AHRMA Michigan Engineering Historic Cup Roadrace Series and rounds 18-19 of the AHRMA Speed & Sport National Vintage Trials series. There’ll also be opportunities to make a run at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, plus a Sunday ride, a swap meet, sidecar racing, the list goes on.
The second show, the Motorcycle Classics Bike Show East, will be on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the 4th Annual Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum outside of Birmingham, Ala. Easily the most incredible classic bike museum in the world, the Barber Museum also hosts the annual Vintage Festival along with the last races of the AHRMA racing season.
We’ll pick the best in category from each show, and when it’s all over we’ll hold a People’s Choice vote for the best overall classic bike from the two shows. And the best is still yet to come, because the winner will see his or her bike featured in Motorcycle Classics. So get yourself over to the Motorcycle Classics East Meets West Classic Bike Shows sign up page and register now for one or both shows. Bonneville or Barber, we’ll see you there. – Richard Backus