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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.

Bonhams and Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Inspections

Excelsior motorcycle on auction
Brady Ingelse will be on-site from Jan. 23-26 for bike evaluations.

If you've always wanted to buy a bike at auction, but were not able to attend to inspect your future prize, this is your time to utilize Brady Ingelse’s expertise.

There will be over 2,000 motorcycles crossing the auction block in five days. Bonhams auction catalog will be publishing soon, click here to view the Mecum lineup.

Vincent motorcycle on auction

For more information on Retrospeed’s auction inspections, contact Brady at

10th Annual Santa Fe Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet

Flyer for the Santa Fe show

The Santa Fe chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America will hold its 10th Annual Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas, on Feb. 3, 2019. Yup, that’s Super Bowl Sunday, and the show is in full swing at 9 a.m., wrapping up by 3 p.m. so everyone can scoot on home to watch the game!

The annual Santa Fe show gets bigger every year, drawing an impressive selection of vintage American, European and Japanese motorcycles. It may be cold out, but that doesn’t stop — and maybe even encourages — enthusiasts from loading up their bikes to show them off. Last year’s event featured the surprise running of Dennis Franz’s homemade 392cc V8 motorcycle. Built in the style of a pre-30s American machine, it features an air-cooled 392cc, pushrod V8 made by Franz, who has decades of experience building scale engines. The transmission and shaft drive came from a /5 BMW, but outside of that, Franz built every piece of the bike, and it’s exceptional.

BSA Gold Star
A custom BSA Gold Star fronts a race-prepped Norton 750 Combat Commando at the 2018 Santa Fe show.

It only costs $5 to attend, and kids under 12 are free. The bike entry fee is $10 for the first two bikes, with any additional bikes free. All bike must at least look runnable and be at least 35 years old. Vendor space is $25. For more information, go to the Santa Fe Trail website or call (816) 838-7581. Email


AHRMA Announces the First AHRMA Vintage Cup

Two Aermacchis racing
Photo courtesy ETechPhotos.

For the 2019 season, AHRMA's 350GP class will be a featured series of events around the USA. Vintage 350GP bikes will compete at all AHRMA National road races. In addition to the normal trophies and awards, there will be added enhancements for the 2019 season, including:

• Enhanced trophies throughout the season
• Special awards for series champion
• Articles and photos on to spotlight the class
Roadracing World print magazine enhanced exposure for AHRMA and 350GP
• Early access to paddock for pre-entered racers
• Racer spotlight features in Vintage Views
• Class champion on cover of Vintage Views magazine
• Aermacchis, Bultacos, Hondas, Ducatis, Suzukis, and many more qualify. See Page 41 of the 2018 AHRMA Handbook.

350 GRAND PRIX: Any of the following types of fully GP-kitted motorcycles built before Dec. 31, 1968, and like design: 350cc OHV/OHC four-stroke; 350cc air-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke; 250cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder two-stroke; 250cc air-cooled twin-cylinder two-stroke. Among the eligible machines are:

• Aermacchi 350 four-stroke single roadracer
• AJS 7R
• Bianchi “works”
• Benelli twin “works” road racer and fours
• BSA 350 OHV single
• Bultaco 250 liquid-cooled single, round cylinder type only. Note: Bultaco AJR replicas are not allowed.
• Ducati 350 narrow- and wide-case Gilera
• Harley-Davidson ER/CRTT four-stroke road racer
• Honda CR77 “works” or replica, CB77 fully race-kitted. Note: The CB350F is not eligible for this class.
• Jawa “works” twin road racer
• Kawasaki A1R (not A7RA) twin, maximum 250cc
• McIntyre Special and replica, 7R powered
• Moto Guzzi single
• Moto Rumi “works” or replica
• MV triple
• MV four, early wide-angle head (pre-1973 era)
• MZ “works” 250 twin
• Paton twin
• Rickman GP road racing frame, powered by H-D ER/CRTT or AJS 7R
• Seeley 7R or other period engine
• Suzuki X6 with racing exhaust
• Triumph Tiger 80, 90 350cc twin
• Yamaha; no updating beyond TD1-C. Original carburetors may be replaced with 26mm Mikuni VM-type round-slide; power jets may not be in operation.
Note: Honda CB/CL/SL 350 twins are not eligible for this class. See 350 Sportsman or Formula 250

a) All GP-class motorcycles must be fully GP-kitted, with no lights, no starting mechanisms, no street equipment or associated brackets (factory-welded brackets may be retained if desired), low narrow handlebars (maximum width 32 inches). Fairings are encouraged.
b) Frame may be changed to racing type, though must be period type and style (See rule 9.7.3).
c) Front forks may be changed, though must be period type and style. “Ceriani-type” may be no larger in diameter than 35mm, unless supplied as OEM on that motorcycle.
d) Period retrofit gearboxes are permitted (e.g., Quaife, Schafleitner). Maximum six speeds unless otherwise stated.
e) Front disc brakes are prohibited. Rear disc brakes are permitted, but must be period equipment.
f) Magnesium engine cases are allowed in 500 Premier.
g) The number of valves in the cylinder head may not be increased or decreased from stock.
h) No more than one carburetor per cylinder. Gardner carburetors are permitted.
i) All modifications must be consistent with the spirit of the class and period.
j) Appearance and workmanship of a reasonable standard shall be enforced.
k) Two-strokes must use silencers.
l) Maximum rim width is WM3 (2.15 inches) in all GP classes N.

Get those bikes out and ready to race in 2019!

Monterey Motorweek 2018

1915 Harley-Davidson board tracker
This 1915 Harley-Davidson board tracker sold for $99,000 at Mecum’s Monterey auction.

Once a year in mid-August, the adjoining coastal towns of Monterey and Carmel, California, become ground zero for gearheads. Most people refer to it as Pebble Beach or the Pebble Beach Concours, which is a one-day event on Sunday. In reality, Monterey Car Week lasts 10 days. Primarily a car event, it is common to see motorcycles at numerous shows and around town. The Monterey Historics feature vintage racing cars, and quite often you will see a Brough Superior, a Honda CB92 or even a Crocker in the pits.

On Wednesday night a traditional kickoff party is held at the Monterey Jet Center. Gordon McCall and his wife, Molly, have been hosting The Motorworks Revival for 27 years. Gordon is an avid motorcyclist, and you can always count on some custom and/or famous motorcycles being mixed in the fold and featured at the party.

Wayne Rainey GP Yamaha
Wayne Rainey’s GP Yamaha was on display during the Wednesday night Motorworks Revival kickoff party.

There are no shows on Thursday, but plenty to see at the auction previews. A 1952 Vincent Black Shadow was sold at the Mecum sale for $101,750 including buyer’s premium, while a 1915 Harley-Davidson board tracker brought just shy of $100,000, selling for $99,000. Other interesting offerings include a 1983 Benelli Sei that was the property of the late Bluesman and Rocker J. Geils, although it failed to sell at $17,000, and the high bid for a 1908 Harley-Davidson “strap tank” replica was $85,000. Over at the Gooding sale, Steve McQueen’s old 1931 Brough Superior SS80 sold for $88,000, and a 1957 Ducati double overhead cam 125 GP sold for $93,500.

In May, the Quail Lodge hosts The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, and in August they host the equally entertaining Quail Motorsports Gathering, which has a motorcycle class along with many cars of distinction. The Concorso Italiano at the Black Horse Gold Course celebrates Italian Vehicles, and it’s considered a cardinal sin not to have motorcycles when you celebrate Italian machines. Most Italians began on motorcycles, hence their healthy respect for them. For years, Concorso had a special spot for motorcyclists to stow their gear.

There are other shows featuring motorcycles along with cars, so many that you can’t get to them all. What a dilemma to have! Next year’s events are Aug. 18-26, 2019.

ZEUS motorcycles
A pair of ZEUS motorcycles at the Motorworks Revival — the wave of the future?

1949 Harley-Davidson WR
A 1949 Harley-Davidson WR was presented at the Motorworks Revival as a Joe Leonard tribute.

Modified Moto Guzzi
This highly modified Moto Guzzi on display at the Motorworks Revival ticked all of the boxes.

1947 Indian Chief
1947 Indian Chief came from Delhi, India. It won first place in the motorcycle class at the Quail Motorsports Gathering.

1955 MV Agusta
The owner of this 1955 MV Agusta was admonished by judges at the Concorso Italiano to “never restore it!”

1952 Vincent Black Shadow
1952 Vincent Black Shadow sold at Mecum’s Monterey auction for $101,750.

Ex-Steve McQueen 1931 Brough Superior SS80
Ex-Steve McQueen 1931 Brough Superior SS80 sold for $88,000 at the Gooding auction.

Pinch Me: 2018 Barber Vintage Festival

Colin Seeley
Master frame builder and former Isle of Man racer Colin Seeley with Randy Baxter’s circa-1973 Seeley-framed Triumph Trident.

The Barber Vintage Festival is always something of a pinch-me event. Did all that really happen? Did I really meet and talk to famed frame builder Colin Seeley? Did I really ride an absolutely perfect 1982 Triumph Bonneville Royal? Did I really hang out with former Ducati-riding 1977 Daytona Superbike winner Cook Neilson? Yeah, I did, and you might have too if you were at the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival.

We haven’t seen any official attendance numbers, but we’d expect 2018 attendance to be about even with the past few years, meaning roughly 60,000-plus vintage bike fans on hand. That number is actually even more impressive when you consider this year’s weather; insufferably hot and humid on Friday and Saturday, and with absolutely zero air movement. The only reason we survived was thanks to Alabama resident and friend of the magazine Howard Boone, who after Friday’s intense heat returned on Saturday morning with a generator, a huge shop fan and two stand up fans to push air through our tent. Wow. Talk about going above and beyond — you saved us, Howard!

Ex-Dick Mann BSA Rocket 3
The Rob Iannucchi/Team Obsolete ex-Dick Mann BSA Rocket 3.

The featured marque at Saturday’s Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show was BSA/Triumph triples, and we were treated to a nice selection of bikes, including a pair of 1969 BSA Rocket 3s and a half-dozen Triumph Tridents, plus two very special machines: the Rob Iannucchi/Team Obsolete ex-Dick Mann BSA Rocket 3, a historically important machine recently restored to running condition by Iannucchi, and a Seeley-framed Triumph Trident owned by Randy Baxter of Baxter Cycle. Brian Slark of the Barber Museum and Mark Mederski of the National Motorcycle Museum helped judge the bikes, and Colin Seeley personally handed out our top award for Best Triumph/BSA Triple, which went to Baxter for his circa-1973 Seeley. One of no more than four built by Seeley himself, it’s possibly the only running survivor. And run it did, as Randy Baxter proved, firing it up with a push-start to the thrill of everyone there. The sound it makes is glorious, a sound I’d planned on sharing here — and would have if I’d actually hit “record” when I set my phone to video mode.

Randy Baxter on his Seeley-Triumph
Volunteers giving Randy Baxter a push to fire up his Seeley-Triumph; what a glorious noise.

Frank Lipinski took our Editors’ Choice award for his immaculate and completely original 1982 Triumph T140LE Royal. Showing 8,000-plus miles on the clock, Frank’s Royal looked new, but like every bike in our show it was a perfect runner. That brings up an interesting point, namely that of the 52 bikes that graced our lawn, every single one — save the Dick Mann bike, which was understandably trailered in, and Rick Booth’s unpowered art bike Aqua Naught — rode in under its own power. That includes the three Zündapps — three! — that were on hand.

Editor's choice
Frank Lipinski took our Editors’ Choice award for his perfect 1982 Triumph T140LE Royal.

Better still, around 30 of those bikes joined us the next day for our Sunday Morning Ride. Sponsored by our good friends at Hagerty Motorcycle Insurance, the ride was a casual 35-mile run through the surrounding hills, taking in a section of SR 25 known locally as the mini Tail of the Dragon. OK, so it has only a fraction of the real Tail of the Dragon’s turns, but it’s still a fantastic bit of black top, snaking up and over several ridges through the Alabama wood and just ripe for riding. Check out this short video from Hagerty showing our group saddling up and heading out for the ride.

1940 Zündapp KS600
Richard Campbell’s immaculate 1940 Zündapp KS600, one of three Zündapps on hand.

Great bikes, an amazing location, and of course great people. If you weren’t there, you missed it again — so don’t miss it in 2019! Look for more photos of the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival in the January/February 2019 issue of Motorcycle Classics. — Richard Backus

Hagerty Ride at the Barber Festival
Heading out for the 2018 Sunday Morning Ride.

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.

Motorcycle Classics wants to know about classic motorcycle shows, swap meets, road runs and more. Send details of upcoming events at least three months in advance to

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