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Upcoming Classic Motorcycle Shows and Events - September/October 2011

by Landon Hall


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Bonneville Vintage GP: Steve Seeley with his 1967 Norton P11.

9/2
Join us for the 6th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP, presented by Motorcycle Classics, which runs through the 4th. Show up early (Sunday, Aug. 28 through Tuesday, Aug. 30) and run your bike on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats as part of the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials. The Vintage GP will feature a full round of AHRMA vintage racing and a swap meet, and the annual Bonneville Vintage GP Motorcycle Show, presented by Motorcycle Classics and sponsored by Moto Guzzi. Visit www.motorcycleclassics.com/BonnevilleVintageGP.aspx for more info. Also on the web at www.bonnevillevintagegp.com 

9/11
Back for its 29th year, the annual Battle of the Brits in Orchard Lake, Mich., returns. This is one of the premiere British motorcycle and car shows and swap meets in the U.S., and regularly draws more than 200 bikes and 400 cars. Presented by the Metro Triumph Riders. On the web at www.metrotriumphriders.com 

10/1
Plan on attending Ralph Wayne’s Vintage Backyard Nationals on Saturday October 1, 2011. As always it’s a Free Event put on by some great folks who love motorcycles and like to share them with everyone. If you can Ride in be sure to bring your oldest and coolest bike as this impromptu assembly of new and old fills the entire neighborhood in Ralph’s south Kansas City neighborhood. Bring some cash too because you’ll want to help out and purchase shirts and jackets made especially for this day at a great price. People and bikes will come from all over to enjoy this the 19th Annual event. See you there! Location: 8108 E. 100th St & Tullis Ave. (west of James A. Reed Rd., north of I-470) 

10/6
The 3rd Annual SLO Classic Motorcycle Rally runs through Oct. 9 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Thursday will feature classic motorcycles at the world famous San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market. On Friday join in a sunset ride up Highway 1 with a bonfire and catered dinner at Avila Beach. Saturday’s feature event is the classic motorcycle show, along with a swap meet, motorcycle awards and a charity raffle. On Sunday there will be a back road ride and lunch. On the web at www.centralcoastclassicmc.com 

10/7
The 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival runs through the 9th and will feature AHRMA road racing along with the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the American Motor Drome Company’s Wall of Death, and the Motorcycle Classics Barber Vintage Motorcycle Show sponsored by Moto Guzzi. On the web at www.barbervintagefestival.org 

10/15
Visit the 3rd Biennial Indian Day West, celebrating the 110th Anniversary of Indian Motorcycles at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, Calif. The show runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry is free to all pre-1980 classic and vintage motorcycles (one person with each bike). Includes entry to the NHRA Museum. See the World's Fastest Indian and hear it run! Then view the movie The World's Fastest Indian. On the web at www.museum.nhra.com 

10/21
Head to Luckenbach, Texas, for the Harvest Classic European & Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Registration starts Friday afternoon, and you can camp at the location Friday and Saturday night. Saturday is the big day, with the bike show, a trials competition, a barbecue dinner and a movie in the meadow that night. On the web at www.harvestclassic.org 

Sept. 2-4 — AHRMA racing at Bonneville Vintage GP. Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT. www.ahrma.org 

Sept. 2-4 — AHRMA racing at Bonneville Vintage GP. Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT.  

Sept. 2-4 — AHRMA racing at Bonneville Vintage GP. Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT.  

Sept. 9-11 — Thunder in the Smokies Rally. Maggie Valley, NC. www.handlebarcorral.com 

Sept. 10 — Antique Motorcycles in the Park. Hot Springs, AR. www.diamondchapteramca.org 

Sept. 11 — Rice-O-Rama Vintage and Custom Japanese Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet. Brookfield, MA. www.rice-o-rama.com 

Sept. 18 — Sacramento Cycle Swap Meet. Sacramento, CA. www.toppingevents.com 

Sept. 18 — The 28th Annual Italian Motorcycle Owners Club Rally. Sturbridge, MA. www.imocusa.com 

Sept. 17 — Vintage Motorcycle Show in the Park. Churubusco, IN. vintagecycle7975@msn.com 

Sept. 25 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA. www.toppingevents.com 

Sept. 24 — Classic Cycle Events  El Camino Classic. Torrance, CA. www.classiccycleevents.com 

Sept. 24-25 — 21st Annual Vintage Bike Rally, Classic British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati, OH. Burlington, KY. www.cincybritishbikes.com 

Sept. 25 — Jeff Williams MC Swap Meet. Independence, MO. www.jwswapmeet.com 

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 — Motogiro USA. Start/finish in Greenville, NY. www.motogiro-usa.com 

Oct. 2 — 21st Annual Virginia British Motorcycle Club Rallye. Manassas, VA. www.virginiabritishmotorcycleclub.org 

Oct. 7-9 — AHRMA racing at Barber Vintage Festival. Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL. www.ahrma.org 

Oct. 14-16 — AHRMA racing at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. www.ahrma.org 

Oct. 16 — Jeff Williams MC Swap Meet. Oklahoma City, OK. www.jwswapmeet.com 

Oct. 23 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA. www.toppingevents.com 

Oct. 23 — Love Ride 28. Castaic Lake, CA. www.loveride.org 

Nov. 6 — Hansen Dam All-Brit Ride. Near Glendale, CA. www.socalnorton.com