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Team Obsolete Annual Holiday Gathering at the Historic Clocktower Building

1959 Matchless G50

Team Obsolete’s Dave Roper took first in the 1984 Isle of Man Senior Historic TT on this 1959 Matchless G50, the only American ever to win on the Isle.

Classic racing notables attended the first public display of the world’s premier collection of Matchless G50s and AJS 7Rs. Twenty-five bikes, including machines from Dick Mann, Don Vesco, John Surtees, Team Hansen, the AJS Factory Team, Arter Matchless and more.

Noted journalist Kevin Cameron spoke eloquently about how these special racing bikes had persistently moved through their second lifetime under the care of new generations of enthusiasts.

Dave Roper and Rob Iannucci described their many G50 racing experiences over three decades at hundreds of races worldwide, including the Isle of Man.

Team Obsolete would like to thank our longtime sponsors Avon Tyres and Vanson Leathers for their valuable and continued support.

Team Obsolete
The world’s first and foremost classic road racing team

Rob Iannucci and Kevin Cameron

Team Obsolete founder Rob Iannucci (left) and tech guru Kevin Cameron.

Honda RC165

The sole surviving Honda RC165 – and the very first one built – is part of the Team Obsolete collection.

Kevin Cameron at the holiday bash

Kevin Cameron engages with attendees at the Team Obsolete holiday bash.

AJS and Matchless singles

Racing greats Bill Ivy and Tom Kirby’s AJS and Matchless singles, now in the Team Obsolete collection.

Dania Beach and Mama Tried Motorcycle Shows

The January and February show calendar tends to be pretty light, to the point we forego our regular show calendar page in the January/February issue. But two shows not to be missed are the 11th Annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show Jan. 28, 2017, in Dania Beach, Florida, and the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Feb. 17-19, 2017.


Beautiful BMW with sidecar at the 2016 Dania Beach show. Photo courtesy

The Dania Beach show draws an impressive cross-section of vintage American bikes, with previous events displaying the likes of Henderson Fours, a Ner-A-Car and vintage Harleys and Indians. There’s always a strong lineup of European, British and Japanese classics on hand, as well, including vintage Velocettes, BSAs, BMWs, Ducatis, Moto Guzzis, Vincents and more. The antique bicycle display is a must-see, and Dania also delivers with motorcycle field games and a swap meet. There’s a nominal fee to enter your bike (trophies are awarded in 11 categories) and entry is free to the public.


Analog Motorcycles’ scramblers at last year’s Mama Tried show.  Photo by Grant Schwingle/

Where Dania Beach is traditional, Mama Tried hews to a new school, builder-based, retro-themed vibe, drawing thousands of bike enthusiasts to its three-day indoor event, held this year at 126 South 2nd St., a stone’s throw from the Harley-Davidson museum and downtown Milwaukee at the confluence of the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers. Now going into its fourth year, the invitation-only event features 50-plus motorcycles from builders across the U.S. There’s no single focus, with past shows highlighting custom-built flat trackers, hill climbers, choppers, retro-vintage specials and more. Created by Rockerbox co-founder Scott Johnson and builder Warren Heir, Jr., the weekend event includes the Flat Out Friday indoor race on a syrup-soaked track — really — and the AMA Outdoor Ice Race on Sunday, with the show proper on Saturday and Sunday. MC

Bonhams to Auction the Motorcycle Classics Project Honda CB350

The Motorcycle Classics Project Honda CB350

Bonhams will auction off our 1970 Honda CB350 at its Vegas auction, Jan. 26, 2017, with all proceeds benefiting AHRMA’s Rider Benevolent Fund. Photo by Richard Backus.

The annual Las Vegas classic motorcycle auctions return in January and they promise to be bigger than ever as Mecum Auctions expands from a three-day event to a four-day event, with 1,000 motorcycles slated to cross the block Jan. 25-28, 2017, at South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall. Bonhams will hold its annual one-day sale on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Rio Hotel & Casino, with an estimated 250 motorcycles to be offered. Mecum generated almost $14 million at its 2016 sale and Bonhams almost $5 million.

Featured lots at Mecum include a 1938 Indian Four and a 1913 Henderson Four, plus eight rare Italian bikes from the Guy Webster collection, including the only known surviving single- and twin-cam Ceccato Grand Prix race bikes. Featured lots at Bonhams include a 1937 Indian “Upside Down” Four, a 1953 Vincent Rapide, a rare 1914 Feilbach V-twin, a 1912 Flying Merkel V-twin, and the recently completed Motorcycle Classics Project Honda CB350.

Previous builds from the magazine have been given away in sweepstakes drawings, but this time we decided to auction our finished project, with the proceeds going to aid the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association’s Rider Benevolent Fund. Nobody races a 1973 Yamaha RD350 or prewar handshift Harley for the money — there’s isn’t any. They do it out of love for the sport and vintage motorcycles, and AHRMA’s vintage racing program has immeasurably furthered active interest in finding, fixing and riding vintage motorcycles. We chose the Rider Benevolent Fund because it aids riders injured during AHRMA race events, helping defray the burden of costly medical expenses, ensuring that riders who get hurt can get help when they need it most.

1952 Triumph Thunderbird custom

Mecum’s Jan. 25-28, 2017, Vegas auction will include this Bryan Thompson-built 1952 Triumph Thunderbird custom. Photo courtesy Mecum Auctions.

Bonhams won’t take a penny of the sale, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to AHRMA’s Rider Benevolent Fund. Specialty shippers Motorcycle Shippers will transport our Honda from Kansas to Nevada, and Federal Motorcycle Transport, which sets up every year at Vegas to help new owners get their bikes home, will ship it from Vegas to the winning bidder, within the lower 48 states, free of charge.

Our Honda never would have come together without the incredible support we received from parts suppliers and skilled restoration experts across the country, and we’re grateful for the continuing support from Bonhams, Motorcycle Shippers and Federal Motorcycle Transport, helping us help AHRMA, a non-profit organization that works to maintain a dynamic vintage motorcycling community. See you in Vegas! — Richard Backus

AIMExpo 2016: Goodbye, Orlando; Hello, World

The American International Motorcycle Expo returned in grand fashion in October for its final appearance as a “stationary” event. The 2017 Expo is planned for Sept. AIMExpo21-24, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. In 2018, the Expo will be hosted in Las Vegas.

The year’s event featured product debuts from a number of industry innovators. Scorpion had on display samples of its new Birmingham line of waxed cotton touring jackets and pants. With a traditional plaid cotton lining, leather trimmed collar and lapel, armored elbows and shoulders, and ample storage pockets, the Birmingham line offers great classic styling fused with modern technology for the vintage enthusiast.


New Birmingham waxed cotton jacket features its own proprietary materials. Photo courtesy Scorpion

SENA Technologies unveiled a project that will set the benchmark for in-helmet communications going forward. Gone are the days of cubic cameras protruding from helmet tops like antennae. Gone too are the boom mics reminiscent of my great-aunt and uncle’s early ‘90s communication setup. SENA has produced the first DOT-certified, Bluetooth-capable helmet whose seemingly endless features start with integrated video and communication abilities. SENA was also showing off a noise-canceling model to protect your hearing, with an ambient mode for times when hearing your surroundings takes priority over protection from wind noise.


Sena calls its new helmet the AiO, or All-in-One Smart Helmet.

In addition to new product debuts, there was plenty for the vintage bike enthusiast, as well. From Clymer repair manuals and EMGO aftermarket parts to the drool-inducing classics at the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club booth, if you didn’t see something you liked at this expo … you must have stayed in the parking lot! One thing is certain: whether it’s in Orlando, Columbus, or Las Vegas, the AIM Expo will continue to unite dealers, manufacturers, and consumers long into the future. MC

Riding Into History Announces Grand Marshals for 2017 Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance

riding into history

Yvon and Miquel Duhamel

Riding Into History is proud to announce father and son legendary motorcycle racers Yvon and Miguel Duhamel as the Grand Marshals for our 18th Annual Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance, May 20, 2017 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.

This father and son have succeeded in more racing events than most any other motorsports racers. Yvon has been inducted in the International Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame, Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and the AMA Hall of Fame. He has raced in every style of motorcycle racing, from motocross to dirt track, road racing and drag racing. Yvon even was a world champion snowmobile racer. Yvon went to work for Kawasaki as one of their factory riders when they were racing the three cylinder two stroke motorcycles and they needed an expert rider to tame these powerful machines. Yvon did just that with Kawasaki’s first AMA national victory at Talladega in 1971.

Miguel just joined his father in both the AMA Hall of Fame and the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Miguel was the first Canadian to win an AMA Superbike title and won 23 AMA Superbike races during his career.  He is tied for the most wins (5) of the Daytona 200. Miguel also won 5 Supersport championships and still holds the wins record with 40. While best known for his Honda rides, Miguel also raced the ill-fated Harley Davidson VR1000, as well as MotoGP on the Italian Cagtiva.

Riding Into History is honored to have this historical father and son team as our Grand Marshals for 2017. It is sure to be a fun event this year with them both!

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: November/December 2016


Join the Blue Moon Cycle Euro Bike Swap Meet and Vintage Ride, Nov. 12-13. Photo courtesy Blue Moon Cycle

Featured events

Nov. 5
The 10th Annual Cops and Rodders Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona. Spectator admission is free. Last year’s show featured more than 650 vehicle entries and attracted more than 15,000 spectators.

Nov. 6
Join the Southern California Norton Owners Club for “the best ride by a dam site,” the Hansen Dam All-British Ride. Now in its 37th year, the ride is a great way to spend a day enjoying British motorcycles. Recent years have seen more than 500 bikes of all makes show up.

Nov. 12
Visit Norcross, Georgia, for the 26th Annual Blue Moon Cycle Euro Bike Swap Meet on Saturday, Nov. 12. The swap meet is open to all parts, accessories and apparel for European motorcycles. Display your late model, used or classic bike for sale in the Consignment Corral for $25 each. No fee for buyers or sellers, and free lunch for all. The swap meet runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, then come back and join in Sunday, Nov. 13, for the Blue Moon Cycle Vintage Ride. Join the Blue Moon staff and friends for a scenic ride through the Georgia countryside including a lunch stop and a secret attraction. This ride is open to all motorcycles 1985 and older. Admission is free, and the ride leaves at 9 a.m. from Blue Moon Cycle. Call John Landstrom for more details at (770) 447-6945, ext. 20.

Jan. 28
Mark your calendar early for the largest vintage motorcycle show in South Florida. Head to Dania Beach, just south of Ft. Lauderdale, for the 11th Annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. More than 350 classic bikes will be judged under the trees in Frost Park. Enjoy live music, vendors, a bike parts swap meet, food, motorcycle field games, roller derby girls, a vintage bicycle display and more. The event is free to the public, with a fee for entering bikes, and proceeds benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs and Stray Aid & Rescue.

More events

Nov. 3-6
Lone Star Rally

Galveston Island, Texas

Nov. 10-13
16th Annual Rocky Point Rally

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico

Nov. 12
14th Annual Wheels Through Time Raffle

Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Nov. 13
So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet

Long Beach, California

Nov. 18-20
International Motorcycle Show
Long Beach, California

Dec. 4
39th Annual Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade
Chicago, Illinois

Dec. 4
Jeff Williams Motorcycle Swap Meet

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dec. 4
So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet

Long Beach, California

Dec. 9-11
International Motorcycle Show

New York, New York

Jan. 6-8
International Motorcycle Show

Washington, D.C.

Jan. 13-15
International Motorcycle Show

Dallas, Texas

Jan. 22
So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet

Long Beach, California

Jan. 27-29
International Motorcycle Show

Cleveland, Ohio

Feb. 3-5
International Motorcycle Show

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Feb. 10-12
International Motorcycle Show

Chicago, Illinois

Feb. 26
So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet

Long Beach, California

Goodwood Revival 2016

Goodwood Revival 

Britain’s annual Goodwood Revival is the world’s premier Historic racing event on both two wheels and four. The three-day race meeting at the 2.367-mile so-called Goodwood Motor Circuit caters to the motorcycles and cars that would have competed there before it closed in 1966 (it reopened in 1998), with an annual sell-out crowd of 180,000 spectators, almost all in ’60s-style period clothing.

In the two-part event’s Saturday leg, run in torrential rain, eight-time Isle of Man TT winner and former Honda factory Endurance racer Charlie Williams teamed with Mike Farrall to splash to victory aboard the third-oldest bike in the race, a rigid-framed 1933 500cc Rudge TTR that began life as a dirt oval-track speedway racer.

Two-time 500cc World Champion Freddie Spencer rode the actual Norton Daytona Manx that Dick Klamfoth rode to victory in the 1952 Daytona 200 on the old beach/road circuit. Teamed with Julian Ide, the pair placed 16th in Saturday’s wet race before suffering transmission problems on the warm-up lap for the dry second leg. — Alan Cathcart