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Show Time: Motorcycle Classics 2019 Vintage Bike Shows

Ken Tripkos running his Norton at Road America Vintage Motofest 2018.

The 2019 show season is roaring up fast, so start making plans now to join us at our favorite annual events.

July 26-28, 2019, will see us return to the Road America racetrack in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for the annual Vintage Motofest, featuring AHRMA vintage racing and the Rockerbox Bike Show. The bike show happens Saturday, and we’ll be there heading up judging and awarding, handing out the Motorcycle Classics Editor’s Choice award along with trophies for the top bikes in five other categories. Laid out in 1955 and nicknamed “America’s National Park of Speed,” Road America is without question the coolest vintage venue in North America. The AHRMA racing on the historic 4-mile, 14-turn road circuit is spectacular, plus there’s live music, a Saturday microbrew tasting, and an opportunity to lap the track on your own scoot Saturday. If you’ve never been, go.

Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2019 – Labor Day weekend – will find us at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah, for the 14th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP. 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. We’re waiting for confirmation on the return of the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats, which should happen Aug. 24-29. Check their site for updates, and definitely go if you can; it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Oct. 4-6, 2019, marks the date for the 15th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, at the world-renowned Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama. The largest vintage motorcycle gathering in the U.S., the Barber Vintage Festival draws an estimated 70,000-plus motorcycle enthusiasts for a mind-blowing weekend of vintage racing, riding and showing. We’ll hold technical seminars Friday and Saturday, the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show on Saturday, and we’ll finish off the weekend with our Sunday Morning Ride sponsored by Hagerty Motorcycle Insurance, a laid-back run through the beautiful Alabama countryside. There’s great AHRMA racing on the incredible 2.4-mile Barber track, and the excellent and expanded Barber Swap Meet returns, as does the Ace Corner, the Century Parade for bikes 100 years old and older, the Globe of Death stunt show and much more. We’ll post more info as it becomes available. Don’t miss it!

The Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway Returns

Participants at last year’s Motorcycle Classics Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Getaway lineup before the Sunday morning ride.

The 4th Annual Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway returns to Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Aug. 9-11, 2019, and we’re looking forward to another great weekend of food, fun and comradery as we continue to explore the great roads that define Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands.

Southwestern Pennsylvania is a remarkably beautiful region of low mountains, deep valleys and lush forests. Punctuated by picture-perfect farms, it’s incredible motorcycling territory, with miles of two-lane blacktop wending through it all. Last year’s Saturday ride took us from Seven Springs north to historic Johnstown, Pennsylvania, site of an epic 1889 flood that threatened to wipe the once-dominate steel-producing city off the map. There, we took a ride on the historic Johnstown Incline. Built in 1891 to encourage the local population to build high above the river, it features counter-weighted cable cars riding on rails up an 896.5-foot, 70.9-percent grade. The threat of rain loomed large the day before our ride, but the weather broke just in time. 

Legendary motorcycle journalist and regular Motorcycle Classics contributor Alan Cathcart was our special guest, riding with us to Johnstown on a 1973 Yamaha TX750 supplied by Joel Samick at RetroTours, and regaling our group with great stories from his incredible career during the banquet dinner at the end of the day. Sunday morning saw our group back on the road for a great run deep into the Laurel Highlands, our route taking us down barely traveled roads running past covered bridges and through small towns seemingly lost in time, before returning to Seven Springs to pack up and head home.

We’re working on this year’s route through the highlands, and maybe including a repeat visit to Falling Water, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1937 architectural wonder, a spectacular home built over Bear Run Creek and just 20 miles from Seven Springs.

RetroTours will once again offer rental bikes from its stable of classic ’70s twins, and if you’re looking for even more adventure link up with them for a round-trip run from their headquarters in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, for the event. We’re looking forward to another special weekend filled with great people, great food and great riding – stay tuned for updates including this year’s special guest!

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: March/April 2019

Last year’s Exhibitors’ Choice award at the Modern Classics show went to this survivor 1905 Reading Standard, shown by Doug Strange.

3/2 Back for its ninth year, check out the Modern Classics Motorcycle Show. This year, in addition to a great collection of bikes from the 1960s through the 1990s, the show will also look back 50 years, featuring a selection of 1969-model motorcycles. Check out the Friday Night Modern Classics Kickstart Party from 7-10 p.m. at the show’s home, Martin Motorsports in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.

3/8 This year marks the 78th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, which runs March 8-17, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The racing kicks off on Saturday night, March 9, with the Daytona Supercross. The American Flat Track series Daytona TT runs on Thursday, March 14. The 2018 Daytona 200 takes place on Saturday, March 16, featuring American Sportbike Racing Association’s (ASRA) 600cc sport bikes racing on Daytona’s famed road course. For more info, schedules and specific locations of activities visit the Bike Week site.

3/16 Visit Rapid City, South Dakota, for the 31st Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Show, March 16-17, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. There are more than 20 judged classes, plus a People’s Choice award.

4/26 Head to Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California, for the Corsa Motoclassica, April 26-28. 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.

4/27 The Washington Vintage Motorcyclists are putting on the first Northwest Motorcycle Classic, a classic and vintage motorcycle expo on Saturday, April 27, 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. 2-3 – 29th Annual Super Show and Swap Meet. Colorado Springs, CO.

Mar. 3 – Walneck’s Swap Meet and Show. Princeton, IL.

Mar. 8-9 – AMCA 2019 Sunshine Chapter National Meet. New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Mar. 8-9 – Vintage Motorcycle Alliance 8th Annual International Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and Bike Show. Eustis, FL.

Mar. 8-10 – AHRMA Road Racing at NOLA Motorsports Park, New Orleans, LA.

Mar. 15-17 – 16th Annual Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show and Sale. Spokane, WA.

Mar. 17 – 47th Annual Kalamazoo Motorcycle Swap Meet. Kalamazoo, MI.

Mar. 23-24 – Idaho Vintage Motorcycle Club 43rd Annual Vintage Motorcycle and Bicycle Rally & Show. Caldwell, ID.

Mar. 24 – So-Cal Cycle Show and Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Mar. 29-31 – AHRMA Road Racing at Carolina Motorsports Park. Kershaw, SC.

Mar. 29-31 – Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show. New Braunfels, TX.

Apr. 7 – Eurobike 2019. Raleigh, NC.

Apr. 12-14 – The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2019. Austin, TX.

Apr. 20 – 16th Annual Cadillac Swap Meet. Cadillac, MI.

Apr. 24-28 – 37th Annual Laughlin River Run. Laughlin, NV.

Apr. 26-27 – AMCA National Meet Perkiomen Chapter. Oley, PA.

Apr. 28 – So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Apr. 28 – Jeff Williams Motorcycle Swap Meet. Kansas City, MO.

Apr. 28 – Walneck’s Swap Meet and Show. Woodstock, IL.

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

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Announces 2019 Featured Classes

11th Annual

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

presented by

Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hosted at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California


In keeping with our celebration of the Evolution of the Motorcycle,
we are pleased to announce The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2019 featured classes:

50th Anniversary of the Honda CB750
100th Anniversary of the Brough Superior
Off-Road Wonders Through the '90s

In addition to these featured categories, the traditional classes will include:
Antique, American, British, Other European, Japanese, Competition On-Road, Custom/Modified, and Extraordinary Bicycles and Scooters.

To enter a motorcycle or private collection to be on display please click here to complete the 2019 entrant application!

The Quail Motorcycle VIP (Ages 21+): $155 SOLD OUT!
Adult (Ages 18+): $85
Military/College/Teen: $75*
Children (Ages 3-12): $15
*Must show proof of ID with ticket at check-in.

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering offers access to over 300 of the world's finest and rarest vintage and modern motorcycles, bicycles and scooters on display complemented by a mouth-watering gourmet lunch, beverages from local wineries and breweries, a dedicated kids area provided by the Monterey Youth Museum and access to top manufacturer, lifestyle and retail exhibitors. All tickets are inclusive of lunch, a 2019 event program, parking and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event.



The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is taking steps towards going green with this one-of-a-kind stainless-steel cup. Be sure to add this to your cart when purchasing your tickets and pick it up at the merchandise tent to receive $2 off all draft beers and signature cocktails at the beverage tent on May 4, 2019.


Spanning the distance from the lemon groves of Ventura, all the way to the enchanting beach town of Carmel, the 5th Invitational WHY WE RIDE TO THE QUAIL is an unmissable gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts. The scenic beauty of this three-day charity ride will serve as a backdrop to an important mission; to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The passion and compassion of riders has seen donations increase every year, providing relief to countless children and families facing difficult challenges. Why We Ride invites you to join them and keep the hope in motion.

For more information or to register visit:


We are also pleased to offer guests the opportunity to stay at Quail Lodge & Golf Club for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering weekend. Remaining room rates currently start at $297+tax* per night inclusive of overnight guest parking, Wi-Fi, access to the Lodge’s heated outdoor swimming pool, 9-hole all-grass putting course, sand bocce ball pits and dedicated fitness areas with no added resort fees! Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis while inventory lasts. To book your room online, visit and book using the group code: 69499 or CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the online booking engine.

*Rates are based on availability at the time of booking while inventories last. A three-night minimum length of stay is required for reservations made for Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, May 5, 2019. A 14-day cancellation policy applies.


Quail Lodge has made your trip to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2019 easier than ever with a specially curated package for you and up to three guests. Checking in Thursday, May 2 and departing on Sunday, May 5, enjoy the following VIP Motorcycle Weekend experience for the all-inclusive price of just $4,500*: 

  • A three-night stay in Quail's naturally luxurious Two Bedroom Quail Villa Suite. The Fairway Villa boasts over 2,000 square feet of comfort with its 600-square-foot King Guestroom and 700-square-foot Double Queen Guestroom connected by a 700-square-foot Parlor. Both Guestrooms feature a cozy, in-room fireplace, pullout sofabed, a secluded outdoor patio and an en suite with enhanced bath amenities, separate sink, toilet and bath area. The Parlor offers a fireplace seating area, dining table, living room and a separate powder room.
  • Four (4) VIP Tickets to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering with Early Access to the event field on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
  • Attendance on The Quail Ride on Friday, May 3, 2019, for four (4) riders.
    * Four (4) reservations to The Quail Ride lunch.
    * Four (4) reservations to The Quail Ride dinner.
  • Entrant Registration inclusive of one additional motorcycle on display.
  • $50 gift card for food and beverage or retail purchases at Quail Lodge & Golf Club.
  • Shuttle Service to and from the Quail Lodge to the Clubhouse/Event Field.

To book the VIP Motorcycle Weekend Fairway Villa package, please contact The Peninsula Signature Events by phone at 831.620.8879 or by email at


To sponsor The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2019, or to advertise in The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Program 2019, please contact April Morris, Sponsorship & Communications Manager, by phone at 831.620.8835 or by e-mail at

Photos by Steve Burton Photography, Jeff Bushnell Photography and Paulo Rosas Photography. All rights reserved.

AHRMA Announces Roebling Road Open Trackday

Racers on Roebling Road
Photo by eTech Photo.

Feb. 21, 2019, AHRMA is sponsoring an open trackday at Roebling Road Raceway, near Savannah, Georgia.

Racers from any racing organization, trackday riders and AHRMA racers are invited to enjoy the friendly AHRMA paddock and this fast and sweeping road course on Thursday, with sessions tailored for everyone.

This event kicks off AHRMA’s first national road race of the season with the customary AHRMA members practice following on Friday, then two full rounds of road racing Saturday and Sunday.

AHRMA will also offer its Fast and Safe Roadracing School at this event. Pass the school on Friday and race the weekend!

To register for the school contact Andrew Cowell at 910-431-2956 or email our membership office:

Come on out and have some fun with us!

For further information, please visit

20th Annual Riding into History Registration Now Open

Entrance to Riding Into History
Photo courtesy Riding into History staff.

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Friday evening Grand Marshal Dinner and the Riding into History Concours d’Elegance and has been opened. Online forms to register for both events, held at St. Augustine’s World Golf Village, May 10-11, can be found at our website, All entries must meet the standards listed on the entry page and are subject to review by concours officials before being accepted into the show. Please keep in mind there are class and event size limits. These steps are necessary to maintain the high quality event and present your motorcycle at its best among its peers.

Those planning to stay at the WGV can book a condo through or take advantage of our discounted rate at the onsite Renaissance Hotel. You will find the code on our website under accommodations on the event and schedule page. There is also a less expensive hotel across the road from WGV. We recommend booking your room early while rooms are still available. There is also plenty of trailer parking at all of these venues.

We are excited to have Gloria Struck as our Grand Marshal, and will be announcing special exhibits as they are finalized.

We look forward to your participation in yet another spectacular show and once again raising tens of thousands of dollars for K9s for Warriors.

2019 Las Vegas Motorcycle Auctions

Auction houses Mecum and Bonhams are busy getting ready for the 2019 Las Vegas motorcycle auctions. Bonhams’ one-day auction takes place on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, and Mecum will return with another massive portfolio of bikes, with 1,750 machines scheduled to go under the hammer during Mecum’s six-day mega-auction, Jan. 22-27, at South Point Hotel & Casino.


Headlining the Mecum auction will be 238 motorcycles from the MC Collection in Stockholm, Sweden. Established in 1999 by Swedish vintage motorcycle enthusiasts Christer Christensson and Ove Johansson, the MC Collection is staggering in its breadth, and bikes on offer range from the world’s first production motorcycle, an 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller, to a 1989 BMW K1. Also to be sold in the no-reserve auction are a replica 1934 Husqvarna 500 GP racer, two Brough Superiors (a 1925 SS100 Grand Sport and a 1936 SS80) and a 1913 Brough WE 6 horsepower V-twin manufactured by Brough Superior founder George Brough’s father, William, who built motorcycles from 1902 to 1918. Mecum will also auction off the Kennedy Collection, with 38 bikes offered at no reserve. Japanese bikes make up the bulk of the Kennedy collection and range from a 1966 Suzuki X6 Hustler to a 2009 Kawasaki ZX-14R still in its crate, but the collection also includes a rare 200cc 1959 Parilla Grand Sport.


Highlighting Bonhams’ Thursday auction is the second-ever Vincent Black Lightning. Ordered by NSU works rider Hans Stärkle at the 1948 Earls Court Motorcycle Show in London, it was delivered to Stärkle in January of 1949. He campaigned it in sidecar racing until 1952, and then sold it to a Swiss enthusiast who converted it to road use, adding lights, a passenger seat, footrests and a muffler. It sold two more times, the fourth owner retiring it after engine troubles, before eventually ending up with Vincent enthusiast Ernst Hegeler. Hegeler rebuilt the Lightning and set it up for touring duty in 1971, after which he put some 30,000 miles on it before deciding to restore it to its original specification in 2000. One of the most important Vincents ever offered for sale, it’s expected to hammer for as much as $500,000.

Other features of the expected 250-300 bike Bonhams auction include the ex-Steve McQueen Nimbus with sidecar, along with vintage motorcycle memorabilia.

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