The 2nd Annual Motorcycle Classics Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway at Seven Springs Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, is just around the corner, Aug. 4-6, 2017. The weekend event, centered in Southern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, includes two days of riding, eating and just generally hanging out with like-minded vintage motorcycle enthusiasts. We’ve mapped out a great ride taking us through the region’s mostly unknown Amish territory, an area punctuated by stunning farms and miles of incredible back-country roads, and having just made the run we can tell you this year’s event will be every bit as beautiful and relaxing as last year’s, which drew 83 vintage bike enthusiasts.
Joining us this year is special guest Mark Mederski, the former executive director of the American Motorcycle Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame and now special projects director at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. We’ll kick off the weekend Friday evening with a welcome reception and dinner, and we’ll have a post-ride banquet dinner on Saturday, with Mederski joining editor Richard Backus for a relaxed discussion about the National Motorcycle Museum, vintage motorcycle collecting and Mederski’s decades-long career in motorcycling, one that’s put him face-to-face with some of the biggest names in the game, picking up more than a few interesting stories along the way.
We’ll take a shorter but no less exhilarating ride around the Laurel Highlands area on Sunday, leaving everyone plenty of time to make their way back home after a fantastic weekend of riding.
Can’t bring your own bike? Not a problem, because RetroTours will once again have a limited selection of classic 1970s motorcycles available for rent, including models from Ducati, Triumph, Norton and more. Check out the 25-strong RetroTours stable at retrotours.com, but don’t wait too long because rentals are limited on a first come, first served basis. And if you’re looking for total vintage immersion, check out the RetroTours Seven Springs ride, a 500-mile round-trip romp to our event from RetroTours headquarters in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, riding RetroTours’ classic ’70s motorcycles.
RetroTours joins us this year as an official sponsor of the event, along with the great people from Bonhams auction house, Federal Motorcycle Transport, Pecard Leather Care and Spectro Performance Oils.
August will be here before you know it, so get more details and reserve your spot for the 2nd Annual Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway now at MotorcycleClassics.com/RideEvent, where you’ll also find event updates and interactive ride routes as we get them posted. — Richard Backus