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Motorcycle Classics’ Second Annual Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway

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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

The Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway is sponsored by:

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2017 National Motorcycle Museum Vintage Rally

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The 7th Annual Vintage Rally happens June 10, 2017, at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, home to an international collection of over 400 motorcycles, great memorabilia, motorcycle art and more. The once-a-year Vintage Rally showcases the museum’s collection, which offers up a couple of great new exhibits for 2017. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can experience at Vintage Rally 2017:

A judged Bike Show for 1988 and earlier motorcycles: There will be special classes for offroad competition bikes through 1988, plus choppers, bobbers and customs through 2017. Enter your motorcycles and you might take home an award.

The Saturday Bike Show judging will result in nearly 40 awards for owners of the best machines, including best original unrestored bikes for the Hagerty Motorcycle Insurance Preservation Award. Enter your vintage bike, street, competition, custom, even mini or bicycle, 1988 or earlier in the bike show. Bike show awards are sponsored by Motorcycle Classics magazine and Hagerty Motorcycle Insurance.


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The new exhibit DIRT RIDING USA presented by J&P Cycles opens in late May, featuring motocross, trials, enduro and cross-country motorcycles from the golden era.

Also opening in late May is the BARN FIND permanent display area, featuring the rusty, crusty and dusty motorcycles and parts you might find if you got lucky in your explorations about anywhere in rural America.

There’s also a swap meet with parts, memorabilia & motorcycles; browse the swap meet or reserve your own swap meet space.

Also on tap is a panel discussion on motorcycle collecting, where collectors and experts in the vintage and antique motorcycle world share their ideas and experiences.

Vintage Rally Attendees: SAVE 10 percent at J&P Cycles!

Show your Vintage Rally wristband at checkout on June 10th at J&P Cycles and SAVE 10 percent on your entire in-store purchase. J&P Cycles is just a mile up the road from the museum and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. the day of the Rally. This offer is only valid the day of Vintage Rally.

And NEW this year: The Magic of the WHEELIE WIZZARD Family Friendly Stunt Show

Tyler Shepard, aka Wheelie Wizard, will be here to perform his family friendly entertainment show. Tyler has been performing all over the country for over 17 years. This year he will be performing three shows at the 7th Annual Vintage Rally at the National Motorcycle Museum, June 10, 2017.

Come out and enjoy all of the vintage machines on display and take in the Wheelie Wizard Stunt Show. Food vendors will be on the grounds and there are several local restaurants close by. Race into History with The National Motorcycle Museum’s Vintage Rally!

Vintage MotoFest 2017

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Get ready to gas up and point your scoot toward Elkhart Lake and Wisconsin’s famed Road America race track for Vintage MotoFest 2017, June 9-11, featuring AHRMA vintage racing and the 14th annual Rockerbox bike show. The weekend-long festival centers around vintage racing and the ride-in bike show and competition, entering riders from all over the country in several competitive award classes to showcase the greatest in classic style and fresh customization, and the Road America paddock will be packed with local and national vendors, live music, food and beer.

This will be the fourth Vintage MotoFest at Road America, featuring two days of AHRMA vintage motorcycle racing on Road America’s legendary 4-mile road course. We’ll award a special Motorcycle Classics Editors’ Choice Award at the Rockerbox Bike Show (proceeds supporting associated charities), which always draws an eclectic selection of custom and stock vintage bikes, including choppers, scooters, cafés and more.

Bikes at Rockerbox Motofest 2016

You never know what will show up at Rockerbox: Tom Pirie’s stunning 1981 Laverda Jota strikes a pose next to a rare 2001 MZ Skorpion at last year’s Rockerbox Bike Show.

Judges for the show include an all-star lineup from the vintage and custom motorcycle community, including Retrospeed founder and owner Brady Ingelse. Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus joins the judges’ panel, which will judge bikes in five classes, and attendees will pick the best bike for the annual People’s Choice award.

Road America’s 1,200-foot Zip Line will be running all day, giving attendees a unique way to view the show and take in the Road America track as they eye the choppers, café racers, vintage originals, scooters and other customs filling the show area.

If you love vintage racing and custom and classic bikes, the Vintage MotoFest and Rockerbox bike show is a special weekend you don’t want to miss. The support it gets from local and national vendors keeps growing every year, and we’d like to make a special shoutout to our Vintage MotoFest show sponsors for supporting our presence at Road America and shows across the country, including the Labor Day weekend Bonneville Vintage GP and the annual Barber Vintage Festival. The people who run these companies are just like you and me, ardent supporters of the vintage motorcycle community, helping making cool things happen everywhere. — Richard Backus

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Scooters Go Over Big at Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2017

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Vintage scooters were the featured class at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Scooters were a featured class at The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance held March 11, 2017. Although scooters are often considered to be on the bottom rung of the motorcycle ladder, many riders started out with these smaller bikes and worked their way up.

Scooters are more of a postwar phenomenon. As industrialized nations recovered from World War II, inexpensive transportation was needed. In Europe, fuel and money were scarce. Manufacturers like Vespa sought to fill both a utilitarian and a transportation niche. A good example seen at the Amelia Concours was Leo Schiegel’s 1952 Vespa 125 with an articulated trailer. It was laden with two large containers for transporting liquids. In Italy, scooters didn’t get excused from work because they were “cute”!

1952 Maico Mobil

Billy Paul’s fabulous 1952 Maico Mobil took Best of Class honors.

In the U.S., scooters were also marketed as a utilitarian means of transportation. Salsbury was a manufacturer located in Nebraska. Their scooters were truly unique, with an automatic drive and Art Deco styling. John Wiser brought his original paint Salsbury to Amelia. This was the vehicle he used for his wedding 40 years ago!

Harley-Davidson tried to fill a scooter void with their Topper model. Brochures described how they were a good starter level for motorcycling. The brochure also featured a businessman making his rounds on a scooter, dressed in a suit with a pipe clinched in his teeth. There were three Toppers on display this year. Cushman is almost synonymous with scooter, and another American great, Jim Dillard Jr., had a late model OHV version on display at Amelia.

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Leo Schiegel’s load-carrying 1952 Vespa 125.

German dealers tried to market scooters as a substitute for the car. The Maico Mobil was probably one of the most unusual scooters built. Fully faired and aerodynamic, it was almost a two-wheeled car and had aluminum body work. Other streamlined scooters on display were a Heinkel, a TWN Triumph Tessy, also from Germany, and a Silver Pigeon from Japan. Billy Paul’s Maico was the pick for Best of Class.

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Patty Schwarze’s rare TWN Triumph Tessy won the Amelia “Wind in Your Face” award. Jim Dillard’s Cushman is in the background.

This year’s show had to dramatically turn on a dime. Typically, Saturday is a Cars and Coffee day, and Sunday is the big show. Due to impending inclement weather, the whole show was moved to Saturday. There were two simultaneous events and three auctions going at once! The Amelia staff did a remarkable job of switching tracks. Mark your calendars for next year’s Amelia Island Concours, March 9-11, 2018, always a winner.

Harley-Davidson Topper

This Harley-Davidson Topper from the Leishman collection took second.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: May/June 2017

Rockerbox Motofest 2016 Best Café Racer winner Scott Blackford's 1965 Suzuki T20. Photo by the Motorcycle Classics staff

Featured events

May 6

Attend the 9th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering at The Quail Lodge in Carmel, California. This year features Norton Motorcycles, celebrating 50 years of the Norton Commando, plus 10 more categories. The $75 ticket includes a barbecue lunch.

May 20

Head to the Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California, for the 49th Annual Hanford Vintage Motorcycle Rally, which will feature an antique and classic motorcycle show, a parts exchange and sale corral, RV hookups, food and more than 150 vendors.

May 20

Legendary motorcycle racers and father and son Yvon and Miguel Duhamel will be the Grand Marshals for the 18th Annual Riding into History Motorcycle Concours at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida. RIH begins on Friday with the Grand Marshal’s Historic Vintage Lunch Ride and the Grand Marshal’s Dinner, followed Saturday by the Concours d’Elegance, featuring “Kaizen Honoring the Japanese Motorcycle” for 2017.

June 3

Visit the Friends of Steve McQueen car and motorcycle show in support of Boys Republic, a private, nonprofit school dedicated to troubled teens, in Chino Hills, California. This year’s theme is the movie The Sand Pebbles.

June 4

Join the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts at the 26th Annual HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show at the Merriam Marketplace in Merriam, Kansas.

June 9

Join us June 9-11 for the Rockerbox Motofest at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, featuring a ride-in bike show on Saturday, vendors, AHRMA racing and more. Join the Sunset Cruise on the famed track Saturday, and check out the Bill Dixon Stunt Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

June 10

Visit the 7th Annual Vintage Rally at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. Enter your 1988 or older bike in the Classic & Antique Motorcycle & Bicycle Show. There will also be a special “Choppers, Bobbers and Customs” class for customs of any year through 2017.

More events

May 6
VJMC Bikes on the Beach
Panama City, Florida

May 6
11th Annual Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show
Spencer, North Carolina

May 19-20
AMCA Southern National Meet

Denton, North Carolina

May 20
KCVJMC Spring Rally at Donnell’s Motorcycles

Independence, Missouri

May 20-21
OVM Corvallis Ride, Show and Swap Meet

Corvallis, Oregon

May 21
16th Annual British & European Classic Motorcycle Day

Clarksburg, Maryland

May 21
39th Annual BSAOCNE British Motorcycle Meet

Lancaster, Massachusetts

May 21
8th Annual Antique Motorcycle Swap Meet and Show

Centreville, Michigan

May 22
USCRA U.S. Vintage GP

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, New Hampshire

June 3
Cars and Motorcycles of England

Oakbourne Mansion
Westtown, Pennsylvania

June 3-4
Ohio Valley BSA Owners Club Spring Classic

Toronto, Ohio

June 4
8th Annual Bayfield Old Bike Day

Bayfield, Ontario, Canada

June 6-10
34th Annual Americade

Lake George, New York

June 9-11
Lake Erie Loop

Wellington, Ohio

June 10-11
USCRA FIM North American Vintage Road Racing Championships

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, New Hampshire

June 16-17
AMCA Viking Chapter National Meet

St. Paul, Minnesota

June 16-18
45th Annual Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group Paris National Rally

Paris, Ontario, Canada

June 16-17
Fort Sutter AMCA National Meet

Dixon, California

June 16-17
AMCA Viking Chapter Annual Meet

St. Paul, Minnesota

June 17
OVM Clackamas County Cruise

Estacada, Oregon

June 22-25
VJMC National Rally

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

June 23-24
GABMA 32nd Annual British in the Blue Ridge Rally and Bike Show

Hiawassee, Georgia

June 23-25
24th Annual Triumph National Rally

Oley, Pennsylvania

June 24
OVM Ride to the Rendezvous

Brooks, Oregon

June 24-25
22nd Annual CJMC Classic Japanese Motorcycle Swap & Show

Dixon, California


Motorcycle Classics wants to know about shows, swap meets, road runs and more for classic motorcycles. Send details of upcoming events at least three months in advance to lhall@ motorcycleclassics.com.

Mark Mederski at the Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway

Mark Mederski from the National Motorcycle Museum will be our special guest at this year's Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Getaway. Photo courtesy Mark Mederski

The National Motorcycle Museum’s Mark Mederski joins us as our special guest for the 2nd Annual Motorcycle Classics Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway at Seven Springs Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Aug. 4-6, 2017.

The former executive director of the American Motorcycle Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Mederski has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in motorcycling, including giants like Dick Mann, Jay Springsteen and Malcolm Smith, to name just a few.

A club road racer in the 1970s and an avid vintage motorcycle collector, Mederski joined the National Motorcycle Musuem in Anamosa, Iowa, as special projects director in 2009, and in 2014 he was appointed to the Antique Motorcycle Foundation board of directors.

Mederski will join us for our weekend get-together, which includes two days of riding centered in Southern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, with this year’s Saturday ride taking us through the region’s mostly unknown Amish territory, an area punctuated by stunning farms and miles of incredible back-country roads. We’ll take a shorter but no less beautiful ride around the Laurel Highlands area on Sunday morning, leaving everyone plenty of time to make their way home after what’s certain to be another fantastic weekend of riding. Last year’s inaugural ride drew nearly 100 riders, and when we asked participants what they thought of the event the feedback was unanimous: Do it again!

Mederski will ride his BMW R1150GS from his home in Columbus, Ohio, arriving in time for our Friday evening welcome reception and dinner. We’ll also have a post-ride banquet dinner on Saturday, with Mederski joining editor Richard Backus for a relaxed discussion about the museum and vintage motorcycle collecting, with Mederski sharing stories about the incredible people he’s met during his years working with the AMA, the NMM and other organizations.

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, Yamaha, BMW and more. Check out the 25-strong RetroTours stable at retrotours.com, but don’t wait too long because rentals are limited and available 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.

August will be here before you know it, so reserve your spot now at MotorcycleClassics.com/PA2017, where you’ll also find event updates and interactive ride routes as we get them posted. Don’t miss it! MC

Retromobile 2017, Paris, France

The Koehler Escoffier, made in France, looked like it had an engine installed with a whip and chain.

Winter is hard on gearheads. Cabin fever kicks in and you find yourself having to be around like-minded enthusiasts – and look at or acquire something, hence the success of the winter motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the car sales in Scottsdale, Arizona. In Europe the tonic is Retromobile. While the primary focus has been on automobiles and “antiquities,” there is also plenty to entertain motorcycle enthusiasts in addition to three auctions at the event and around Paris, which include motorcycles.

At first glance you think you’re viewing a Velocette, but it is bevel drive Peugeot.

The venue for the show at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles has expanded considerably in the last few years and now fills three halls. There is a one enormous hall dedicated to clubs. Europeans are an enthusiastic lot. Each marque will typically have a club and then there are some “blanket” clubs that cover all makes, like our Antique Motorcycle Club of America in the U.S.

This year, one of the highlights was the display of French motorcycles from the Musee de l’Automobile Henri Malartre in Lyon, France. Motorcycles pre-date the automobile and were first invented in France. The first steam powered bike was the Louis Guillaume Perraux, much like the Roper in the U.S. These were both bicycles of sorts that had been converted with steam engines. (Debate rages over whether the first motorcycle should be considered gas powered or just an engine that develops heat.) Numerous marques were built in France over the years, and their zenith was probably during the Thirties prior to World War II. Many were unable to come back, faced with the postwar devastation of France’s infrastructure. Names like Peugeot are known by Americans for their cars, but their two-wheeled ventures were much earlier. Others like Gnome Rhone, Terrot, Koehler Escoffier, Dollar, Monet & Gayon and Simca once crowded the motorways.

A nice original Rene Gilet V-Twin. Note the interesting drive for the generator off of the transmission.

The Jonghi had a small run. Their double overhead was pretty innovative for the early thirties.

The first motorcycles were steam powered. This was a great example of the Michaux-Perreaux. It was built around 1870. In the U.S., the Roper steam bike was running around.

This collection of AJS 7Rs was on offer for 750,000 Euros!

Each auction house had motorcycles on offer. Bonhams had around 10 lots at their Grand Palais auction, including a fully race kitted Ducati Tri-Colore that was sold for about $11,000 U.S. Artcurial, the resident auction house of Paris and the Retromobile event, had an NSU racer, an MV, and a Zundapp military sidecar unit.

On the streets of Paris and throughout France, you see how essential motorcycles and scooters are to them. For many, it is their year-round mode of transportation. Vive La Moto!