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Show Time 2016: Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Shows

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Lovely custom Rickman Kawasaki at Rockerbox 2015. Motorcycle Classics archive

In addition to our Pennsylvania and Isle of Man tours, we’ll also be at shows across the U.S. in 2016.

First up is the 6th Annual Vintage Rally, June 4, 2016, at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. The 2016 rally pairs the museum’s annual antique and classic motorcycle show with a vintage bicycle show, plus there’s the annual swap meet and the museum’s newest exhibit, Streamliners. Telling the story of Land Speed Record competition, Streamliners looks at racing at Bonneville, Daytona Beach, Muroc Lake and other courses around the world. Always an excellent event, we’ve been a supporting sponsor since the first rally in 2011.

A week later we’ll head to the Rockerbox Motofest, June 10-12, 2016, at Road America racetrack in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The weekend-long festival centers on AHRMA racing and a ride-in bike show, drawing riders from all over the country to showcase the greatest in classic style and fresh customization. We’ll have a special Motorcycle Classics’ Editors’ Choice Award, along with awards for top bikes in five different classes. The paddock will be packed with local and national vendors, live music, food and beer, and don’t forget to enter the annual Rockerbox Sweepstakes, your chance to win Rockerbox Motofest tickets plus lodging for four.

The 5th Annual The Meet Vintage Motorcycle Festival, July 30, 2016, at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, is another must-see show. Staged on the museum’s 3.5-acre Haub Family Field, The Meet features a used bike corral, food trucks, free seminars and vendor booths, not to mention the incredible 165,000-square-foot museum and its 350-plus vintage American and European cars. A fantastic setting and incredible bikes make this show a standout every year.

Next up is the 11th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP, Sept. 2-4, 2016, at Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly Miller Motorsports Park) in Tooele, Utah. A perennial favorite for racers and attendees, the Bonneville Vintage GP features great AHRMA racing and the crowd-favorite Battle of the CB160s LeMans Start on Saturday and Sunday. Motorcycle Classics will host the annual Vintage Bike Show, with trophies awarded in six classes, including Best Restored and Best Rider in each class. The Utah British Bike Club always pulls out the stops, bringing the best from England to the show every year. It’s a perfect way to spend the Labor Day weekend.

Rounding out our year is the 12th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, Oct. 7-9, 2016, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. There’s no word yet on special guests or featured motorcycles, but we expect the festival to mark the grand opening of the museum’s new 5-story, 85,000-square-foot extension currently under construction.

Officially the largest vintage event in the U.S., the Barber Vintage Festival features an amazing swap meet, great AHRMA racing, the Race of the Century for bikes 100 years old or older, and of course the world’s pre-eminent motorcycle museum.

The Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show happens Saturday afternoon, with trophies awarded in six classes, including Best Restored and Best Rider in each class. Look for updated information on the Motorcycle Classics website. MC