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Classic bikes on the block at MidAmerica’s annual Las Vegas Auction

by Richard Backus


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 1975 Rickman Honda 
Lovely 1975 Rickman Honda will be offered at MidAmerica's January 6-8, 2011 Las Vegas sale. 

It’s almost January, and that means classic motorcycle auction time in Las Vegas as MidAmerica Auctions gets ready for its 20th Annual Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction January 6-8, 2011. The event kicks off with a dinner auction on Thursday, with 75 bikes planned to be sold, and continues Friday with 225 lots on offer and again Saturday with a final 225 lots.

Although some people don’t appreciate it, the annual MidAmerica Las Vegas auction is as much a classic motorcycle show as it is an auction. Thanks to a long-standing reputation as one of the highlights of the auction year, the event draws a particularly rich assortment of motorcycles, all of them spread out for review prior to auction. Want to see a 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer in perfect original condition? You’ll be able to. And since they’re being presented for sale, you can actually get close to them, much closer than you might at many shows. We’ve seen some neat stuff at Las Vegas, from spectacular Vincents to humble Hondas, and we can tell you it’s always a visual treat. Take your camera along, but be prepared for poor lighting, which makes photography a bit of a challenge.

1934 Crocker Speedway Racer 
Claimed original 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer, complete with rare Crocker carburetor. 

The range of bikes this year include everything from a 1915 Indian Twin that ran in this year’s Motorcycle Cannonball Rally to a 1971 Munch 1200 TTS, plus the highly anticipated sale of that 1934 Crocker Speedway Racer, claimed to be the nicest original in existence. Also up for sale are the two beauties shown here, a spectacular 1975 Rickman Honda by brothers Derek and Don Rickman showing a claimed 236 original miles and a beautiful unrestored and original 1971 Dunstall Norton. Admission is $15 daily or $30 for a three-day pass. The Thursday night dinner auction is $85, which includes a three-day auction pass. And lest we forget, there’s also flat track racing on Friday and Saturday night. More info at MidAmerica Auctions by clicking here. – Richard Backus 

1971 Norton Dunstall 
1971 Dunstall Norton is exceptional, unrestored original claimed to be in perfect running order.