Back from the track: 2008 Bonneville VintageGP



Best of Show Bonneville Vintage GP 2008 

Al Porter with his 1962 BSA Gold Star, which took Best of Show at the Motorcycle Classics Bike Show West at the 3rd Annual Bonneville Vintage GP September 6, 2008 

The 3rd Annual Bonneville VintageGP presented by Motorcycle Classics has come and gone. With the help of absolutely perfect weather – blue skies, low winds and highs in the mid-70s – it was a perfect weekend for vintage racing. All told, about 250 AHRMA competitors made the trek to the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for two days of vintage racing, many of them showing up early so they could get a chance to take their bikes out on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats during the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials that were running before – and during – AHRMA racing at Miller.

Race organizer Tom Kullen hasn’t received a head count from the Miller folks, but we’d guess around 2,500 people made it through the gate to take in the racing and other events going on, including the Motorcycle Classics Bike Show West classic bike show. We had 40 bikes in the show, ranging from Joe Cash’s 1939 Triumph 3T to Paul Shea’s 1984 H-D Classic. Best of Show went to Al Porter for his drop-dead gorgeous 1962 BSA Gold Star, while People’s Choice fell to Bob Jones and his 1947 Indian Chief restored by famed Indian restoration expert Bob Stark.

Ducati 500 at Motorcycle Classics Bike Show West
1977 Ducati GTL500 

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