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Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: November/December 2017

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Visit the Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show on Jan. 27. Motorcycle Classics archives

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Oct. 28

Visit Norcross, Georgia, for the 27th Annual Blue Moon Cycle Euro Bike Swap Meet on Saturday, Oct. 28. 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, Oct. 29, 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.

Nov. 4

The 11th 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 900 vehicles displayed and attracted more than 20,000 spectators.

Nov. 5

Join the Southern California Norton Owners Club for “the best ride by a dam site,” the Hansen Dam Ride. Now in its 38th year, the ride is a great way to spend a day enjoying classic motorcycles. Recent years have seen more than 500 bikes of all makes show up, making it the largest classic motorcycle event of the year in Southern California. A 75-mile-plus route is mapped out for the day. Show up as early as 8 a.m. for coffee and donuts, and after the ride the grill will be fired up with lunch served. The ride departs at 10 a.m. sharp!

Jan. 27

Mark your calendar early for the largest vintage motorcycle show in South Florida. Head to Dania Beach, just south of Ft. Lauderdale, for the 12th Annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. More than 400 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 Stray Aid & Rescue, Southeastern Guide Dogs and the Dania Beach Lions Club.

More Events

Nov. 2-5

Galveston Island, Texas
 
Nov. 9-12
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico
 
Nov. 17-19
Long Beach, California 
 
Nov. 26
Long Beach, California 
 
Dec. 1-3
New York, New York
 
Dec. 3
Chicago, Illinois  
 
Dec. 3
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  
 
Dec. 8-10
Minneapolis, Minnesota 
 
Dec. 31
Long Beach, California 
 
Jan. 26-28
Cleveland, Ohio 
 
Jan. 28
Long Beach, California 
 
Feb. 2-4
Dallas, Texas 
 
Feb. 9-11
Chicago, Illinois
 
Feb. 23-25
Washington, DC. 
 
Feb. 25
Long Beach, California 

1967 Mosport GP 50th Anniversary

1967 Mosport GP

Michelle Duff, formerly Mike Duff, at the Mosport GP 50th anniversary celebration on the Arter Matchless G50 she rode to third place behind Giacomo Agostini and Mike Hailwood in the 1967 500GP at Mosport. Photo by Bill Petro

On Sept. 30, 1967, the one and only Canadian road racing GP ever staged took place on the 2.459-mile Mosport circuit 60 miles northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Opened in 1961 and still in use today in essentially unchanged form, it’s one of the most challenging circuits in the world, with significant changes in elevation, copious blind apexes, and an undulating main straight where top-gear wheelies are a matter of course. This past August, Canada’s VRRA (Vintage Road Racing Association) staged a commemorative 50th anniversary event as part of their annual Mosport Vintage Festival. 
 
1967 marked Canada’s 100th birthday as a nation, and to mark the occasion the Federal Centennial Commission underwrote the costs of bringing the world’s top riders and their machines to compete in the season-ending Canadian GP race, the final round in the 500cc World Championship so closely contested by Honda four mounted Mike Hailwood and his former teammate at MV Agusta, Giacomo Agostini, on the Italian triple. 
 
The 1967 Canadian 250GP race had a 40-rider grid and saw a superb tussle for victory between Hailwood on the screaming Honda six and Bill Ivy on the bigger V4 Yamaha RD-05 stroker. The duo swapped the lead back and forth in what was undoubtedly the race of the day, which was only resolved in Hailwood’s favor when Ivy’s Yamaha stopped two laps from the end of the 32-lap 50-minute race while in the lead, under suspicion of a dry fuel tank. His teammate Phil Read finished second exactly one minute down on the victorious Honda, for reasons he admitted to at the 50th anniversary celebrations, where he rode former Canadian champion Eddy Brunet’s tricked-out TZ250 Yamaha. “I just couldn’t get on with the Mosport circuit,” Phil said. “Mike and Bill were much faster, and I just let them get on with it. It’s a pity Bill stopped — for whatever reason — because Mike and I tied on points at the end of the season, and he only won the World title because he had one more win than me.” 
 
In the 500GP Hailwood tried to entice Ago into a battle for victory, but the Italian was having none of it, knowing he only had to finish second to retain his 500cc World title. Riding an improved Honda four in the company’s last-ever 500GP race until the 1979 debut of the oval-piston NR500, Hailwood pulled away to win by 38 seconds from Agostini in the worsening downpour at the end of the 40-lap, 73-minute race, with Canadian Mike Duff in third place on the Arter G50. Ago won the title by virtue of three second places to Hailwood’s two. Honda would have to wait until 1983 and Freddie Spencer to win a 500GP Rider’s title.
 
With a successful 50th commemoration, hopes are high the VRRA will repeat the event 10 years from now on the 60th anniversary of the day the Grand Prix circus came to Canada.