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Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: November/December 2018

November December Vintage Motorcycle Events

Take in the sights at the annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show, Jan. 26, 2019.

10/27 Visit Norcross, Georgia, for the 28th Annual Blue Moon Cycle Euro Bike Swap Meet on Saturday, Oct. 27. 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. 28, 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. Call John Landstrom for more details at (770) 447-6945, ext. 20.

11/3 Head to Vicksburg, Mississippi, for the 2nd 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 farmers market grass lot at 1055 Washington St. For more info, contact Roger Harris or (601) 831-2079 or search Vicksburg Vintage Motorcycle Show on Facebook.

11/4 Join the Southern California Norton Owners Club for "the best ride by a dam site," the Hansen Dam Ride. Now in its 39th 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!

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 Baldwins Trappiste located at 1770 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California.

1/26 Mark your calendar early for the largest vintage motorcycle show in South Florida. Head to Dania Beach, just south of Ft. Lauderdale, for the 13th Annual Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. 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.

Nov. 1-4 — Lone Star Rally. Galveston Island, TX.

Nov. 8-11 — 18th Annual Rocky Point Rally. Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.

Nov. 16-18 — International Motorcycle Show. Long Beach, CA.

Nov. 25 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2 — International Motorcycle Show. New York, NY.

Dec. 4 — 41st Annual Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade. Chicago, IL.

Dec. 30 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Jan. 4-6 — International Motorcycle Show. Dallas, TX.

Jan. 25-27 — International Motorcycle Show. Cleveland, OH.

Jan. 27 — So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet. Long Beach, CA.

Feb. 1-3 — International Motorcycle Show. Minneapolis, MN.

Feb. 8-10 — International Motorcycle Show. Washington, DC.

Feb. 15-17 — International Motorcycle Show. Chicago, IL.

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

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Steve McQueen, Dennis Hopper and Paul Newman Bikes at Bonhams’ Barber Auction

Dennis Hopper's 1972 Husqvarna 250 Cross

Up for sale: Steve McQueen’s 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross, which he rode in the landmark motorcycle film On Any Sunday.

In addition to Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna from the film On Any Sunday, Bonhams auctioneers say it will also have bikes ridden or owned by Paul Newman, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and other celebrities in its upcoming auction at the Barber Motorsports Museum on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, during the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival.

As with McQueen’s Husky, these motorcycles represent early motocross models and the out-of-doors action sought by these leading men of the silver screen. Featured will be the Czech 1967 CZ 250 ridden by Paul Newman in the movie Sometimes a Great Notion. Peter Fonda rode a Spanish 1968 Bultaco Pursang 250 in the opening scene of Easy Rider that will also be offered at the sale, and Dennis Hopper’s 1970 Husqvarna 250 Cross is also starring.

Furthermore, two other motorcycles owned by Steve McQueen will be offered: a highly sought-after 1953 Vincent Comet Series C and an unusual 1939 Nimbus Model C Luxus with sidecar.

And it’s not just celebrity motorcycles that will be the stars at Barber. Other highlights include the oldest original Vincent Black Lighting — the second one built and the model that currently holds the world auction record; pedigree racing bikes such as the Ducati NCR AMA Pro winner; and wonderful classics from American, European and Japanese manufacturers.

The auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at the famous Barber Motorsports Museum near Birmingham, Alabama. Bonhams’ auction of collectors’ motorcycles will be hosted in concert with the annual Barber Vintage Festival. To register to bid and learn more, visit

Second-Ever Black Lightning Headlines Barber Auction

Vincent Black Lightning
The second-ever Vincent Black Lightning will be sold at Bonhams' Barber auction.

Rollie Free's capture of the "world's fastest production motorcycle" record in 1948 on a tuned Series B Black Shadow led directly to Vincent marketing a racer of similar specification to Free's machine: the Series C Black Lightning.

This Vincent Black Lightning — frame no. RC3548, engine no. F10AB/1C/1648 — was the second one built, completed in January 1949. It was ordered for Hans Stärkle, a rider for the NSU works team, during the Earls Court Motorcycle Show in October 1948, where the first Black Lightning was displayed on the Vincent Stand. Stärkle, who had already won three European Championships for NSU, raced RC3548 in the Unlimited Class with a sidecar attached. The Black Lightning was sold in May 1952 to a Mr. Amrein of Basel, Switzerland.

Amrein rode the Lightning to the works at Stevenage, England, to have it converted for road use, obtaining lights, silencer, pillion seat, footrests, etc. He sold the Vincent to its third owner, a Mr. Duffner of Weil am Rhein, Germany, in 1955. In 1961, the Black Lightning was sold to its fourth owner, a Mr. Kuttler, also from Weil am Rhein. After encountering engine trouble, Kuttler took the engine apart but never completed the repair, and in 1968 sold the machine to its present (fifth) owner, Ernst Hegeler.Ernst rebuilt the Vincent and had it road-registered in 1971. He covered approximately 30,000 accident-free miles on long-distance trips all across Europe.

By 2000, Ernst had decided to return the Black Lightning to its former glory and original racing specification. Ernst rode the Black Lightning exclusively on non-competitive presentation runs, with no accidents or technical failures whatsoever.

Now, after 50 years of enjoyable ownership, Ernst has decided to pass on this magnificent machine, which is still in pristine running condition, to the fortunate next owner. Bonhams is extraordinarily pleased to present RC3548 at their inaugural auction at the Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, on Oct. 6, 2018.

Vincent Black Lightning

Motorcycle Classics Sunday Morning Ride at the Barber Vintage Festival

Motorcycles on the Barber Ride

Heading out from the Motorcycle Classics tent for a Sunday Morning Ride.

Join Motorcycle Classics for our Sunday Morning Ride at the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival on — when else — Sunday morning, Oct. 7, 2018. Sponsored by our good friends at Hagerty Motorcycle Insurance, the Motorcycle Classics Sunday Morning Ride is a casual 35-mile romp through the Alabama countryside, taking in Alabama’s “Mini-Dragon,” a spectacular section of curves and climbs just minutes from the Barber Motorsports Complex.

Hagerty’s Kyle Bowen will join us for the ride, which leaves the Motorcycle Classics tent in the Fan Zone at 10 a.m. sharp. Check out this year’s ride route by clicking here. There’s lots going on leading up to Sunday, including the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show on Saturday, Oct. 6, this year featuring Triumph and BSA triples in celebration of 50 years since Triumph first introduced the legendary 750cc 3-cylinder Trident and Rocket 3. All triples are welcome, whether from Triumph or Suzuki, BSA or Kawasaki, as are all Triumphs and BSAs.

And there’s more, because after announcing British frame builder Colin Seeley as Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, the Barber Museum asked Motorcycle Classics to host a special gathering of Seeley motorcycles at our booth in the Fan Zone. If you own a Seeley and you’re planning on taking it to Barber, we’d like to hear from you and hopefully show your bike along with the other Seeleys that will be there.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., judging at 1:30 p.m., and we’ll hold our awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Guest judges will include Barber Museum’s Brian Slark, motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart, and Mark Mederski from the National Motorcycle Museum, with a special appearance by festival Grand Marshal Colin Seeley! We’ll award trophies in five categories, with special awards for Best Triple and Editors’ Choice.

We’re also hosting special tech seminars Friday and Saturday. Starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, vintage Japanese motorcycle specialist Rick Shaw of Rick’s Motorsport Electrics will share his extensive knowledge working with charging systems, explaining what you need to know about vintage Japanese charging systems and how to improve them. Starting at noon on Saturday, Race Tech Suspension’s vintage suspension specialist Matt Wiley will discuss the ins and outs of vintage motorcycle suspensions, and how to improve them.

A special thanks to our sponsors at Spectro Oils, Hagerty Motorcycle Insurance, Pecard Leather Care and S100 Cycle Care for helping to make it all happen! These are great companies run by passionate motorcyclists, and we encourage you to learn more about them and their excellent products.

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2018 Motorcycle Classics Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Getaway

Group photo at the Getaway

Participants in the 3rd Annual Motorcycle Classics Ride Em, Don’t Hide Em Getaway line up for a group photo at the top of the Johnstown Incline in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

The 3rd Annual Motorcycle Classics Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway happened Aug. 10-12, 2018. Sixty-four riders on 58 classic bikes joined the editors of Motorcycle Classics and special guest Alan Cathcart for a 130-mile ride to the Johnstown Incline in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a fascinating and obscure bit of Americana reached via miles of beautiful backcountry roads.

Truth be told, just a few days before our ride, we were wondering if would even happen. Although rain is always in the offing in Southwestern Pennsylvania — and particularly in the Laurel Highlands area where our ride headquartered — this year has seen more wet days than normal. On Thursday, just two days before our ride to Johnstown, the local forecast called for a 90 percent chance for rain on Saturday and an 80 percent chance on Sunday. It’s one thing to get caught in the rain, but another to start out in it, and we really didn’t like what we were seeing.

Miraculously, Saturday dawned not exactly bright owing to the fog that had settled in the surrounding valleys, but decidedly clear of rain, and our group made the trip to Johnstown and back without issue and dry as a bone. In fact, the sun actually broke through while we were having lunch at Asiago’s Tuscan Grill at the top of the incline, a beautiful location overlooking historic Johnstown, once the steel manufacturing capital of the world, the old mill buildings still dominating the cityscape.

We ended the day back at ride headquarters Seven Springs Resort, where we gathered for a banquet dinner and listened as international motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart filled us in on some of the more interesting experiences in his 40-year career. The next day we hit the road again, and the weather was even better, with rapidly clearing skies as we headed south and looped through the Laurel Highlands, swinging back north past architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Falling Waters and back to Seven Springs.

A special shout out to Spectro Performance Oils, Pecard Motorcycle Leather Care, Bonhams, RetroTours, Hagerty Motorycle Insurance and Federal Motorcycle Transport for helping make it happen. These folks are all serious motorcycle enthusiasts, and their support makes a good time even better.

It was an amazing weekend, with miles of great roads and a great time spent in the company of fellow enthusiasts. Food, fellowship and fun; it really doesn’t get any better than that. We’ll have a full report in the November/December 2018 issue, and we’re already busy making plans for the 4th Annual Getaway in 2019! Stay tuned!

Colin Seeley at the Barber Vintage Festival

Barry Schanberger

Barry Schanberger took top honors for his 1968 Norton Fastback at last year’s Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show at Barber.

The 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, the largest vintage motorcycle event in North America and attended by 70,000-plus enthusiasts in 2017, happens Oct. 5-7, 2018, at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama, with famed British builder Colin Seeley this year’s Grand Marshal. A successful AJS dealer, Seeley raced sidecars in the late ’50s and early ’60s before moving into frame building. A huge fan of then-popular British singles, he bought all the tooling and spares for the overhead cam Matchless 350cc and 500cc singles (and the Norton Manx; he later sold those rights) after AMC closed its race shops in 1963. He started producing complete bikes in 1966, and his Seeley specials represented the very best in handling and were raced at tracks across the U.K., Europe and the U.S. He later produced frames to house Honda’s CB750 Four.

Seeley will also be 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, which this year puts the spotlight on Triumph and BSA triples, with triples of all makes encouraged to join us. We’ll award trophies in five categories, plus special awards for Best Triple and Editors’ Choice. Barber restoration expert and former Norton employee Brian Slark will join us for judging.

This year’s Motorcycle Classics technical seminars will be led by vintage Japanese motorcycle electrical specialist Rick Shaw from Rick’s Motorsports Electrics, explaining what you need to know about vintage Japanese charging systems and how to improve them, and Race Tech Suspension’s vintage suspension guru Matt Wiley, who will discuss the ins and outs of vintage motorcycle suspensions and how to improve them.

Colin Seeley

Racer and builder Colin Seeley is this year’s Grand Marshal.

The Motorcycle Classics Sunday Morning Ride, sponsored by our good friends at Hagerty Motorcycle Insurance, also returns. The ride leaves our tent at 10 a.m., Sunday, and will take us on a fun, 35-mile run through the surrounding backcountry, including Alabama’s “Mini-Dragon,” a reference to North Carolina’s famous Tail of the Dragon.

Racers will take to Barber’s 2.3-mile track in AHRMA’s National Historic Cup Roadrace Series, with vintage motocross, observed and cross country races happening in the surrounding fields and woods. The American Motor Drome Company’s Wall of Death returns, as does the Globe of Death, and look for the Ace Corner at Turn 17, where you’ll find a show within the show featuring café racers and custom builds. There will also be a Monster Energy Stunt Show, and KTM and BMW will host demo rides in Lot D.

Finally, Bonhams will host its first-ever auction at the Barber Motorsports Museum on Saturday. The featured lot for the auction is the second-ever Vincent Black Lightning, engine No. F10AB/1C/1648. Built in 1949 for NSU factory racer Hans Stärkle, the Vincent was converted to road trim in 1952, but is now in its original factory racing form. No word yet on how many bikes will be offered, but given Bonhams’ reputation for rare and significant motorcycles you can bet it will be an interesting sale.

We say this every year, and we mean it: If you can make only one event in 2018, this is the one. For more scheduling information and event updates visit and

Upcoming Vintage Motorcycle Events: September/October 2018

upcoming events September October

8/31 Back for its 13th year, join us for the fun at the Bonneville Vintage GP, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah. Triumph and BSA Triples will be the featured marque of the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show on Saturday, plus trophies in six classes and a People's Choice award. Sunday will feature a custom bike show. Both days will feature AHRMA racing, along with the CB160 races with Le Mans starts both days.

9/1 Visit the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine, for the Vintage Motorcycle Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show, Sept. 1-2. Owners of pre-1998 motorcycles are encouraged to exhibit and will be admitted free of charge. In 2017 the show attracted more than 400 exhibitors throughout the weekend, along with antique planes and more.

9/9 Visit the 36th annual Battle of the Brits 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.

9/15 Join all the good folks and classic bikes at the Modern Classics Ride-In on Saturday, Sept. 15, 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.

9/16 Visit the 35th Annual Italian Motorcycle Owners Club 2018 Rally in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, with Laverda 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.

9/30 Join the Old Capitol Lions Club for their 3rd annual Monterey Peninsula Vintage Motorcycle Show on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Del Rey Oaks, California. Bring your vintage bike to display. All proceeds benefit the Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County.

10/5 Join us for the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama. The show runs through Oct. 7 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 the Triumph and BSA Triples as our featured models.

10/19 Attend the 16th Annual Harvest Classic European & Vintage Motorcycle Rally in Luckenbach, Texas. Registration starts Friday afternoon, 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. The Globe of Death will also be running shows both afternoons.

Sept. 7-9 — 22nd Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance. Malvern, PA.

Sept. 7-9 — Southern California Norton Owners Club High Sierras Ride. Leaves from Mariposa, CA.

Sept. 7-9 — Thunder in the Smokies Fall Rally. Maggie Valley, NC.

Sept. 7-9 — AHRMA Roadracing at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway. Munford, AL.

Sept. 8-9 — 29th Annual Classic British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati Vintage Motorcycle Rally. Burlington, KY.

Sept. 9 — Rice-O-Rama Vintage and Custom Japanese Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet. Spencer, MA.

Sept. 15 — 10th Annual Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Show. Paso Robles, CA.

Sept. 23 — 7th Annual Motorado Classic Motorcycle Show. Santa Fe, NM.

Sept. 28-29 — White Rose Motorcycle Club Antique Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet. Spring Grove, PA.

Oct. 13 — El Camino Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet, Torrance, CA.

Nov. 4 — 39th Annual Hansen Dam All Brit Ride. Near Glendale, CA.

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