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

1932 Henderson KJ
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.

Indian Four
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

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.”

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

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, and check back next issue for more shows we’ll be attending throughout the year.

Dain Gingerelli Joins Our Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Getaway

Dain GingerelliRacer, writer, editor and all-around motorcycle enthusiast Dain Gingerelli will join us as our special guest for the 4th Annual Motorcycle Classics Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Aug. 9-11, 2019. Regular readers will recognize Dain as a long-time contributor to Motorcycle Classics. Dain started riding young, his first bike a 1965 Honda S90, which he later traded for a 1967 Honda CB77 Superhawk. In 1968 he began road racing. Still too young to get a competition license, he competed under his brother’s name until the end of the year. Running his first full season in 1969, he ended the year as high points rider in the AFM’s 200cc production class. Fresh out of California State University, Fullerton, in 1970, Dain put his new communications degree to work as a stringer for Competition News. By 1971 he was working at Hot Bike, and over the years he was the editor of six different magazines. Dain’s most memorable years in the industry were spent as Sport Editor at Cycle Guide magazine from 1979-1987.

The racing and winning continued while he worked, and in 1975 Dain was the AFM and CMC 250cc Production-class champ. In 1986, he helped set four FIM endurance speed world records with American Honda (24 hour, 12 hour, 6 hour and 1,000 kilometer). Dain’s racing background also allowed him to test a variety of the top race bikes of his era, such as Kenny Roberts’ 1977 Yamaha TZ750 road racer, Freddie Spencer’s 1980 Honda CB750 Superbike and Eddie Lawson’s 1984 Yamaha YZR500 road racer. Over the years, Dain has also been the author or coauthor of about half a dozen motorcycle books and another 10 automotive books.

Dain Gingerelli on his RD250
Dain in ’69 (top) and racing to a win on his RD250 in ’75 at OCIR in California.

Ride ’Em schedule

Friday night we’ll kick the event off with a welcome reception and dinner. After a big 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’ll plan on a midday lunch stop, followed by the afternoon ride back to the resort. Saturday night we’ll gather for a special banquet dinner, with an interview with Dain Gingerelli, discussing his long racing, riding and writing career. After another breakfast Sunday morning, we’ll head back out for another ride through the Laurel Highlands, probably returning to the resort midday.

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, 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. See you there!

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 — go here to read more and click here to reserve your spot!

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

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