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Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: September/October 2019

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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

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: July/August 2019

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Check out the Wall of Death at "AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 5-7, 2019

7/5 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days returns to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 5-7, 2019. Enjoy the AMA Vintage Road Racing Grand Championships along with motocross, hare scrambles, trials and flat track racing. The event includes America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, the Wall of Death, bike shows, stunt shows, demo rides, seminars and more.

8/9 Join the editors of Motorcycle Classics for the 4th Annual Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway, Aug. 9-11. We’ll enjoy a relaxed weekend of riding and sightseeing in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania and stay at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, meeting up Friday and riding through the weekend.

8/30 Back for its 14th year, join in the fun at the Bonneville Vintage GP, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah. The Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show will take place on Saturday, featuring the 60th anniversary of the Triumph Bonneville (1959-2019), plus trophies in six classes and a People’s Choice award. Sunday will feature the Tintic Motorcycle Works and Museum bike show. Both days will feature AHRMA racing, with CB160 races with LeMans starts both days.

8/31 Visit the Bull City Rumble Vintage Motorcycle Show, Aug. 31, at 1007 West Main St. in Durham, North Carolina. Admission is free to this vintage motorcycle and scooter rally, hosted by Ton Up NC annually on Labor Day Weekend in Durham. The event has evolved from its humble beginnings in 2005 to a multi-venue, multi-day rally drawing thousands of enthusiasts. 2019 marks the 15th edition of the Bull City Rumble. The historic Lucky Strike Tobacco Warehouses in Durham’s Brightleaf District serve as the backdrop for the annual bike show on Saturday, where judges are not necessarily looking for the prettiest and cleanest machines, but who are looking for well ridden bikes with personality and craftsmanship. On the web at bullcityrumble.com.

July 5-7 — British Motorcycle Owners Club of Canada 36th Annual Vintage MC Rally and Camp Out. Kootenay Lake, Riondel, British Columbia, Canada.

July 12-14 — 28th Annual MGNOC Iowa Rally. Elkader, IA.

July 12-14 — New York Moto Guzzi Rally. Mountain View, NY.

July 19-21 — 39th Annual British Biker Cooperative Rally and Show. Blue River, WI.

July 28 — Jeff Williams MC Swap Meet. Twin Drive-In, Kansas City, MO.

Aug. 2-4 —24th Annual Damn Yankees Rally. Heath Fairground, Heath, MA.

Aug. 2-4 — 35th Annual Wisconsin Moto Guzzi Riders Rally. Lake Joy Campground, Belmont, WI.

Aug. 3 — 7th Annual Kansas City VJMC Rally. New Century, KS.

Aug. 3-4 — Ohio Valley BSA Owners Club 38th Annual Rally. Toronto, OH.

Aug. 10 — 3rd Annual Kansas City All 2-Stroke Rally. Lee’s Summit, MO.

Aug. 15-18 — MGNOC 28th New Mexico State Rally. Datil, NM.

Aug. 18 — British Iron Association of Connecticut 34th Annual Brit Jam. Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, East Hampton, CT.

Aug. 23-25 — Ontario Guzzi Riders Rally. Lavigne, Ontario, Canada.

Aug. 24-29 —Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials AMA Land Speed Grand Championship. Wendover, UT.

Aug. 25 — Jeff Williams MC Swap Meet. Kansas City, MO.

Aug. 27-31 — GWRRA Wing Ding 41. Nashville, TN.


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

Prepping for Pennsylvania: 2019 Getaway Update

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Plans are coming together as we get ready for our biggest and most exciting event of the year, our 4th Annual Motorcycle Classics Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Aug. 9-11, 2019.

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Friday night we’ll kick the event off with a welcome reception and dinner. After breakfast together Saturday at the resort’s Slopeside restaurant, we’ll gear up and head out for the Saturday ride. Routes are still being planned through the highlands, but we aim to head south this year toward the quaint historic town of Oakland, Maryland, where we’ll take a break for lunch and a chance to check out the museums, shops and more. Then we’ll saddle back up for a nice afternoon ride back to the resort, where we’ll gather for a special banquet dinner and an interview with Dain Gingerelli, discussing his racing, riding and writing career. After another breakfast Sunday morning, we’ll head back out for another ride through the Laurel Highlands, returning to the resort sometime midday.

If you still need a bike, Ride sponsor RetroTours has a limited selection of classic 1970s motorcycles available for rent, including bikes from Ducati, Triumph, Norton, Yamaha, Honda, BMW and more. Check out the 25-strong stable at retrotours.com, but don’t wait too long, because rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Want to pile on even more miles? RetroTours will lead a 600-mile round-trip tour to Seven Springs from its headquarters in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, through the backcountry of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Contact the fine folks at RetroTours, or visit their website for more info on the round-trip ride.

We’ll also be joined by our good friends at Bonhams Auctioneers, Pecard Leather Care and Spectro Performance Oils, passionate motorcycle enthusiasts and enthusiastic sponsors of our event. Click here to reserve your spot, you’ll also find updates and interactive ride routes as we get them posted. See you there!

"Queens of the Road" Rule the Motorcycle Class at Amelia Island 2019

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John Landstrom’s 1932 Henderson KJ was best in the motorcycle class.

This was the 24th Amelia Island Concours, where there has always been a spot for motorcycles. Often, Amelia’s classes have themes, such as “Nitro Burners” (drag cars) or “Cars of the Rock Stars” where celebrity vehicles such as Janis Joplin’s Porsche were on display. In the past the cycle class has featured such things as “Beach Racers” or scooters. This year it was “Queens of the Road,” the big bikes that past and present have run up and down the highways. Most nationalities represented would have been the largest displacement available in their country. A pre-war Brough Superior SS100 was about as big as it got in pre-war England. In the U.S. the massive Fours of Indian and Henderson had the final word on ruling the roads. Post-war England would have deferred to the Vincent V-twins. Post-war examples were a brace of Vincent Twins, a Shadow and a Touring Rapide. A Danish Nimbus rounded out the post-war “Big Girls.” Several Indian Fours and a Henderson Four showed American muscle and elegance.

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The Capricorn Collection’s Indian Four with “World’s Fair” paint scheme. It was the recipient of the “Wind in Your Face” award.

This year John Landstrom’s 1932 Henderson KJ Streamliner was best in class. There are no “seconds” just Amelia awards to other bikes of significance. The Venable family’s 1950 Vincent Black Shadow received an Amelia, as did Jack Well’s Brough Superior SS100. The Capricorn Collection’s 1939 Indian World’s Fair Four was the recipient of the “Wind in Your Face” award, which is a Jeff Decker sculpture. All finalists have to be able to put a little wind in their face too. You have to ride your bike up to receive your award, which is as it should be.

Next year’s Amelia Island Concours is scheduled for March 12-15, 2020.

Brough Superior
Jack Well’s Brough Superior took home an Amelia Award.

Vincent Touring Rapide
With factory “Cow Horn” bars, big tires and a sprung seat, you can see why Vincent called these “Touring Rapides.”

Riding Into History Celebrates 20 Years

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Ms. Gloria Struck

This year is the 20th anniversary of the yearly Riding Into History event in St. Augustine, Florida, May 10-11, 2019. More than 300 antique and vintage bikes will be displayed at the Concours on Saturday, along with a variety of special motorcycles, displays and vendors. The theme of the 20th annual event is “Celebrating the Great American Motorcycle.”

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Ms. Struck will be Grand Marshal at RIH this year.

Gloria Struck, known as the country’s most prominent female motorcyclist, will serve as the Grand Marshal. Ms. Struck, 94, was one of the first members of the Motor Maids and has crisscrossed America, as well as several foreign countries, for 78 years on a variety of Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles. She is both a Sturgis Hall of Fame and Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee. She will participate in the Grand Marshal’s Ride, speak at the Grand Marshal’s Dinner, and sign her autobiography at the Concours. Check out Riding into History's website for a full weekend schedule and more information.

2019 Motorcycle Classics Vintage Events Update

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2018 Rockerbox Best Scooter winner Celia Trosper and her 1957 Moto Guzzi Galletto

Our first event of the year will take place right in our backyard: For 2019, AHRMA has added a race weekend at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas, June 28-30, 2019. Rounds 11 and 12 of the Luke’s Racecraft National Historic Cup Roadrace Series will take place Saturday and Sunday, and the AHRMA Roadracing School will take place starting on Friday. We’ll be set up in the pits, so come out and say hello!

Then in July, we’ll head to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for the Vintage Motofest featuring AHRMA Vintage Racing and Rockerbox, July 26-28, 2019. We’ll head up judging and awards for the annual Rockerbox Bike Show, which takes place on Saturday and always features a strong mix of restored classics, choppers, bobbers and other customs, scooters and more. We’ll give away the Motorcycle Classics Editor’s Choice award, plus awards in five more categories. Historic Road America is an amazing track and event location, and in addition to the show there will be live music, vendors, plenty of food, a microbrew tasting and more. Get more info at roadamerica.com, and check back next issue for more shows we’ll be attending throughout the year.







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