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Amelia Island Concours 2020: Complicated Class Provides Simple Pleasure

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Dillard family’s 125 Ducati triple cam, class winner at Amelia.

In hindsight, this year’s March 8 Amelia Island Concours was held in the shadow of the forthcoming COVID-19 pandemic. Officials were taking precautions by offering hand cleaner stations at entrances. One week later, they would have probably been shut down, a fate Daytona Bike Week received five days later as health officials realized the gravity of the contagion.

1958 Ariel Square Four
The Schigel Collections 1958 Ariel Square Four.

This was Amelia’s 25th anniversary. The concours has always smiled on a motorcycle class. Classes tend to take a theme here, and this year’s theme was “Complex.” Entrants included a 1922 Neracar with its complex steering system, a 1939 HRD Series A Twin, aka “The Plumber’s Nightmare” with all of its external oil lines, and a 1929 French Majestic with its stylistic shroud and unusual steering system. A German Imee scooter slowly reveals the thought put into routing the exhaust through a swingarm and one-sided hub steering. As though an Ariel Square Four wasn’t complex enough, add a Garrard sidecar.

Majestic from the Barber Museum
The Barber Museum took home a corporate award with their stunning French Majestic.

The real winner according to the judges and most of the crowd was the ex-Mike Hailwood Ducati 125 triple cam desmo single. This was one of four built. It made its way to the U.S. and was owned by the late Phil Schilling. Now owned by the Dillard family, it was fired up at Amelia several times and was a real crowd-pleaser. People couldn’t believe such a small motorcycle could be so loud! The Majestic from the Barber Museum and the Ariel from the Schigiel Collection also won awards. Spectators were rewarded with lots of eye candy and beautiful Florida weather. More than once I heard people comment that Amelia has become the best show in the country, certainly on the East Coast.

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Brian Bossier’s 1939 HRD Rapide.

There were also three big auctions at Amelia, two of which had motorcycle-related lots. The Bonhams sale offered a World War II NSU Kettenkrad, a peculiar combination of motorcycle and half-track! It sold for $150,000 plus buyer’s premium! Across town a very original Ducati green frame in original paint was hammered sold at $105,000 + 12% buyer’s premium.

1975 Ducati 750SS
1975 Ducati 750SS at the Gooding Auction.

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: March April 2020

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Visit Martin Motorsports for the 10th Annual Modern Classics Motorcycle Show.

3/6-7 Back for its 10th year, check out the Modern Classics Motorcycle Show. This year will feature a great collection of bikes from the 1960s through the 1990s. Check out the Friday Night Modern Classics Kickstart Party from 7-10 p.m. at the show’s home, Martin Motorsports in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.

3/6-15 This year marks the 79th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, which runs March 6-15, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The racing kicks off on Saturday night, March 7, with the Daytona Supercross. The American Flat Track series Daytona TT and the 2020 Daytona 200 both take place on Saturday, March 14. For more info, schedules and specific locations of activities visit the Bike Week site.

3/14-15 Visit Rapid City, South Dakota, for the 32nd Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Show, March 14-15, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. There are more than 20 judged classes, plus a People’s Choice award.

4/3-4 Join the Possum Motorcycle Gathering at the Sevier County Fairgrounds, in Sevierville, Tennessee, April 3-4, 2020, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. The show is open to all motorcycles 35 years and older. Several classes will be judged. It’s free to display your bikes on the fairgrounds. No charge for spectators. Swap meet spaces are available but are restricted to motorcycle parts and related items. Limited campsites are available on site. The show is held in conjunction with the Sevier County Antique Tractor and Engine show at the Sevier County Fairgrounds. Come ride your classic on some of the best motorcycling roads in the U.S. Tons of attractions in the area for the whole family. Donations will go to support the area hospice.

4/24-26 Head to Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California, for the Corsa Motoclassica, April 24-26. Rounds 7 and 8 of the AHRMA Historic Cup Roadrace Series will be Saturday and Sunday. There’s a vintage bike show on Saturday and a swap meet both days.

4/25 The Washington Vintage Motorcyclists are putting on the second Northwest Motorcycle Classic, a classic and vintage motorcycle expo on Saturday, April 25, at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington. There will be a vintage and classic motorcycle display, swap meet, bike auction, dealers, vendors, experts and clubs, demos and more.

Mar. 6-7 — AMCA 2020 Sunshine Chapter National Spring Meet. New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Mar. 6-7 — Vintage Motorcycle Alliance 9th Annual International Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and Bike Show. Eustis, FL.

Mar. 7-8 — 30th Annual Custom & Classic Motorcycle & Car Show. Colorado Springs, CO.

Mar. 8 — Walneck’s Swap Meet and Show. Springfield, OH.

Mar. 13-15 — 17th Annual Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show and Sale. Spokane, WA.

Mar. 21-22 — Idaho Vintage Motorcycle Club 44th Annual Vintage Motorcycle and Bicycle Rally & Show. Caldwell, ID.

Mar. 22 — 48th Annual Kalamazoo Motorcycle Swap Meet. Kalamazoo, MI.

Mar. 22 — So-Cal Cycle Show and Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Mar. 27-29 — AHRMA Road Racing at Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, SC.

Apr. 3-5 — The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2020. Austin, TX.

Apr. 11 — 17th Annual Cadillac Swap Meet. Cadillac, MI.

Apr. 17-19 — AHRMA Road Racing at Streets of Willow, Rosamond, CA.

Apr. 23-25 — 38th Annual Laughlin River Run. Laughlin, NV.

Apr. 24-25 — AMCA National Meet Perkiomen Chapter. Oley, PA.

Apr. 24-26 — AHRMA Road Racing at Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond, CA.

Apr. 26 — Jeff Williams Motorcycle Swap Meet. Kansas City, MO.

Apr. 26 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.


Motorcycle Classics wants to know about shows, swap meets, road runs and more for classic motorcycles. Send details of upcoming events at least three months in advance to lhall@motorcycleclassics.com

Introducing the Motorcycle Classics Gearhead Gathering

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UPDATE: 4/30/2020

Unfortunately, due to circumstances stemming from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Gearhead Gathering has been postponed indefinitely.

ABOUT THE 2020 MOTORCYCLE CLASSICS GEARHEAD GATHERING

After four years of the annual Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, we’re upping the ante with a full-bore festival in 2020!

The Motorcycle Classics Gearhead Gathering, which takes place at Seven Springs next Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-6), will feature the same scenic, guided rides in the region, but participants will now find so much more, including:

  • Self-navigated ride recommendations and routes
  • A swap meet
  • A bike show
  • Vintage farm equipment displays and demonstrations presented by Farm Collector and Gas Engine Magazine
  • Hill climb and woods races
  • Mechanical and build workshops
  • Family-friendly social and evening activities

GUEST OF HONOR

 

Dennis Gage

Host of "My Classic Car"
Executive Producer of "Trippin' On Two Wheels"

A "My Classic Car" pilot series, hosted by Dennis, was developed for TNN and received strong ratings when it aired in early 1996. Based on this success, the show premiered as a weekly series on TNN in January, 1997. It hasn’t been off the air since. In 2000 the show moved to SPEED channel where it ultimately reached over 85 million households and was one of the highest rated programs on the network. Now in production for its 25th season, "My Classic Car" is carried on MotorTrend, MAVTV and Rev’n networks, as well as a number of streaming services, reaching over 100 million households. In addition, Dennis is the Executive Producer of the motorcycle television programs, "Trippin’ on Two Wheels" and "Corbin’s Ride On," and the reality series, "Texas Hardtails," as well as the independent film, "Novem."

Seven Springs is a four-season resort that features numerous other activities that will be available during the Gearhead Gathering, including swimming, zip lining, hiking, sporting clays, kids activities, and more. The resort also features several dining options, ranging from fine dining to sports pubs. Attendees will have the option of purchasing lodging and dining packages. Tickets and packages will be available by Dec. 1, 2019.

 Motorcycles in Johnstown, Pa.

Southwestern Pennsylvania is a remarkably beautiful region of low mountains, deep valleys and lush forests. Punctuated by picture-perfect farms, it is incredible motorcycling territory, with miles of two-lane blacktop winding through it all. In 2019, friends Tom McKee and Adam Rexroad planned our routes. The first day’s 125-mile ride took us south to the quaint downtown of Oakland, Maryland. Riders relaxed, wandered downtown, took in the museums and had lunch at a variety of locally owned restaurants. 

That night's banquet featured our special guest, motorcycle journalist Dain Gingerelli. Dain kept us in stitches, sharing stories from his many decades spent riding, writing and racing. The following morning found us on the road again, making a 60-mile loop through Ohiopyle State Park, then back to Seven Springs. 

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: November/December 2019

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Join in the fun at the 14th Annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show, Jan. 25, 2020.

11/2 — Head to Vicksburg, Mississippi, for the 3rd Annual Vicksburg Vintage Motorcycle Show. Entry is free and open to pre-1990 motorcycles, scooters, dirt bikes, etc. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and more than 15 awards will be given out, including class awards, People’s Choice and Best of Show. Enjoy live entertainment and downtown Vicksburg. The show will be held at the Farmer’s Market park at 1055 Washington St. For more info, contact Roger Harris by email, call him at (601) 831-2079 or search Vicksburg Vintage Motorcycle Show on Facebook.

11/3 — Join the Southern California Norton Owners Club for “the best ride by a dam site,” the Hansen Dam Ride. Now in its 40th 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!

11/9 — Visit Norcross, Georgia, for the 29th Annual Blue Moon Cycle Euro Bike Swap Meet on Saturday, Nov. 9. 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. 10, 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 special 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. On the web at, or call John Landstrom for more details at (770) 447-6945, ext. 20.

12/31 — The last ride of the year: Join the Southern California Norton Owners Club for the Run for the Roses up to Newcomb’s Ranch. Ride departs at 10 a.m. sharp from Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste located at 1770 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California.

1/25 — Mark your calendar early for the largest vintage motorcycle show in South Florida. Head to Dania Beach, just south of Ft. Lauderdale, for the 14th Annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. 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 K9s For Warriors, Southeastern Guide Dogs and the Dania Beach Lions Club.

2/2 — The Santa Fe Trail Antique Motorcycle Club will host their annual vintage and classic motorcycle show and swap meet on Feb. 2, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St., Lawrence, Kansas. Motorcycle entry fee: $10 for first two bikes. Additional entries are free. Set-up time is 6 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Vendor space is $25 and vendors need to register ahead of the show to guarantee a table. All motorcycles must be at least 35 years old and appear runnable. Contact John at: 913-206-8134 or johnt5775@yahoo.com or download the form at sftrail.org.

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The Santa Fe Trail Antique Motorcycle Club hosts its show and swap meet Feb. 2, 2020, in Lawrence, Kan.

Oct. 31-Nov. 3 — Lone Star Rally. Galveston Island, TX.

Nov. 7-10 — 19th Annual Rocky Point Rally. Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.

Nov. 22-24 — International Motorcycle Show. Long Beach, CA.

Nov. 24 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Dec. 1 — 42nd Annual Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade. Chicago, IL.

Dec. 6-8 — International Motorcycle Show. New York City, NY.

Dec. 29 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Jan. 3-5 — International Motorcycle Show. Dallas, TX.

Jan. 10-12 — International Motorcycle Show. Washington, DC.

Jan. 17-19 — International Motorcycle Show. Denver, CO.

Jan. 24-26 — International Motorcycle Show. Cleveland, OH.

Jan. 26 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Jan. 31-Feb. 2 — International Motorcycle Show. Minneapolis, MN.

Feb. 7-9 — International Motorcycle Show. Chicago, IL.

Feb. 23 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.


Motorcycle Classics wants to know about shows, swap meets, road runs and more for classic motorcycles. Send details of upcoming events at least three months in advance to lhall@motorcycleclassics.com

Motorcycles at Monterey 2019


This huge Vincent poster greeted participants at the McCall Motorworks Revival.

Monterey Car Week has grown to a 10-day celebration of vintage machinery of all flavors. Naturally we find two-wheeled exotica interspersed with all of the glamorous four-wheel machinery. The auction companies also realize that there is a good market here for collectible motorcycles.

At McCall’s Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center, the gigantic welcoming poster was of a Vincent Black Shadow. The stage backdrop had a Norton Manx and a BSA Gold Star on display. This is the same Gordon McCall who promotes The Quail Motorcycle Gathering in May, as well as The Quail Motorsports Gathering in August, both held at The Quail Lodge and Golf Club. This year The Quail Motorsports Gathering had three Vincent Black Lightnings on display, including what some consider the most famous Vincent, the Rollie Free-John Edgar Black Lightning, aka “The Bathing Suit Bike.” Attendees were also treated to being able to hear it run! There was also an original paint Ducati 750SS, an electric motorcycle and an Ariel single to further round out the field.


BMW Birdcage at Motorworks Revival.

On Saturday, the Concorso Italiano is the go-to show for your Italian fix. They have always managed to have some tasty two-wheel entries. This year was no exception with a stunning MV 750S from Moto Talbott museum in Carmel Valley. The museum also brought a Laverda 750 SFC. An early Benelli 650 twin brought back memories. A 100CC Salt Flat bike was also on display as well as more contemporary Italian machines.

Several auction houses had some vintage bikes on offer. Gooding & Company had a 1912 Sears, as well as Steve McQueen’s 1936 Indian Chief.


The Rollie Free-John Edgar Black Lightning provided a visual and aural treat. It also won its class.


Another famous Vincent at The Quail Motorsports Gathering was the “Barn Job,” a famous Vincent HRD drag bike.

Meanwhile across town, Mecum had two small-tank Crockers on offer. One sold for $825,000 and the other for $715,000. Small tanks aren’t small change! They also featured some other interesting pieces such as Indians and some high-end board track racers. The early American bikes seemed to be the flavor of the day while British and European bikes slipped to the back burner in sales.

Monterey Car Week is a definite must do for gearheads. Whatever your passion, it is there.


This original paint Crocker small tank sold for $825,000 with buyer’s premium.


A restored one was runner-up at $715,000.


Steve McQueen’s 1936 Indian Chief at the Gooding Auction.


The Moto Talbott museum 750S was an award winner at Concorso Italiano.


Laverda SFC on the motorcycle hill at Concorso Italiano.

John Penton at the Barber Vintage Festival

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Donny Ables won the trophy for Best Japanese Rider with his 1978 Kawasaki KZ 650R at the 2018 Barber Vintage Festival

Join us for the 15th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, the largest vintage motorcycle event in North America, Oct. 4-6, 2019, at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama, with famed national champion enduro rider and entrepreneur John Penton as this year’s Grand Marshal. Inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998, Penton was influential in the growth of enduro and offroad motorcycling in the ’60s and ’70s, eventually founding Penton Motorcycles.

Penton will be the guest of honor at the Barber Museum’s Friday night Motorcycles by Moonlight fundraiser, and we’re anticipating his presence at the Motorcycle Classics tent during our Saturday Vintage Bike Show. This year we’re putting the spotlight on Honda Fours, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the debut of the CB750. We’ll award trophies in five categories (British, American, Japanese, European and Custom) plus special awards for Best Honda Four and Editor’s Choice.

Enjoy AHRMA National Historic Cup Roadracing on the track, with vintage motocross, observed trials and cross country races happening in the surrounding fields and woods. The American Motor Drome Company’s Wall of Death returns, and look for the Ace Corner at Turn 17, where you’ll find a show within the show featuring café racers and custom builds. Bonhams will also return with an auction at the Barber Motorsports Museum on Saturday, and it’s sure to be a highlight of the weekend.

For more information and event updates visit the website. MC

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: September/October 2019


Frank Lipinski took home the Editors’ Choice award for his 1982 Triumph T140ES Royal at the 2018 Barber Vintage Festival. Join us this year, Oct. 4-6.

8/30: Bonneville Vintage GP, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah. Look for great AHRMA racing, plus the ever-popular Battle of the CB160s LeMans Start at noon on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll host our annual Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show, with trophies in five classes including awards for Best Restored and Best Rider in each class.

8/31: Visit the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine, for the Vintage Motorcycle Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Entry fee is $18. The featured marque this year is Indian.

9/8: Visit the 37th Annual Battle of the Brits Motorcycle & Car Show and Swap Meet at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan. This event regularly draws more than 200 bikes and 300 cars. Classic British, European and pre-1984 American bikes are invited to be a part of the show. Food and beverages will be available, along with on-site camping.

9/14: Join all the good folks and classic bikes at The Modern Classics Ride-In on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. More than 100 vintage and custom bikes are expected. No judging, no classes and no awards, just a fun day of checking out vintage bikes with friends, food and more.

9/15: Visit the 36th Annual Italian Motorcycle Owners Club 2019 Rally in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, with Benelli as the featured marque. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Italian bikes and scooters are invited, and the show benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Judging is at noon for rally classes.

10/4: Join us for the 15th Annual Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama. The show runs through Oct. 6 and will feature AHRMA road racing, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, Ace Corner, the swap meet and more. Our Motorcycle Classics bike show on Saturday will feature more than a dozen awards, with Honda Fours as our featured models.

10/18: Attend the 17th Annual Harvest Classic European & Vintage Motorcycle Rally in Luckenbach, Texas, Oct. 18-19. Registration starts Friday, and you can camp at the location Friday and Saturday night. The swap meet runs both days. Friday afternoon the 100cc Fun Run will take place, and Friday evening enjoy live music. Saturday is the big day, with the bike show, vintage trials, a home-cooked barbecue, music, raffles, a live auction and an outdoor motorcycle movie that night.

11/2: Head to Vicksburg, Mississippi, for the 3rd Annual Vicksburg Vintage Motorcycle Show. Entry is free and open to pre-1990 motorcycles, The show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and more than 15 awards will be given away. The location is 1050 Washington St. For more info, contact Roger Harris at or (601) 831-2079, or search Vicksburg Vintage Motorcycle Show on Facebook.

Sept. 6-8 — 23rd Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance. Malvern, PA.

Sept. 6-8 — Southern California Norton Owners Club High Sierra Ride. New route this year. Leaves from Lee Vining, CA.

Sept. 6-8 — AHRMA Roadracing at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway. Munford, AL.

Sept. 7-8 — 30th Annual Classic British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Burlington, KY.

Sept. 8 — Rice-O-Rama Vintage & Custom Japanese Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet. Spencer, MA. rice-o-rama.com

Sept. 14 — 11th Annual Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Show. Paso Robles, CA.

Sept. 27-28 — White Rose Motorcycle Club Antique Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet. Spring Grove, PA.

Sept. 27-30 — 2019 Vintage Yamaha Rally. Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge, Robbinsville, NC.

Oct. 12 — El Camino Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet, Torrance, CA.

Nov. 3 — 40th Annual Hansen Dam All Brit Ride. Near Glendale, CA.


Motorcycle Classics wants to know about shows, swap meets, road runs and more for classic motorcycles. Send details of upcoming events at least three months in advance to lhall@motorcycleclassics.com







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