2010 Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally

Pumping Iron at Muscle Beach

| October 2010

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    Best of Show went to Chris Carlson’s 1934 Husqvarna TT racer replica, which is beautiful at any speed.
    Photo by Paul Garson
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    Now that is a chopper!
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    Wishful thinking?
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    It’s never a blue day on a sweet blue Harley.
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    Mike Alexander and his Vincent.
    Photo by Paul Garson
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    Tim Naylor’s 1915 Excelsior won Best Antique.
    Photo by Paul Garson
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    The 1910 H-D was rescued from a dumpster.
    Photo by Paul Garson
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    The rally poster, with a nod to the recently-deceased Dennis Hopper.
    Photo by Paul Garson
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    A very cool 1930’s Morgan three-wheeler was one of the more unusual entries.
    Photo by Paul Garson
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    The British bike show drew crowds all day.
    Photo by Paul Garson

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There’s a new day dawning at L.A.’s Muscle Beach, and just a couple blocks away from Gold’s Gym, the heavy metal here is the two-wheeled kind.

Four local Venice Beach bike nuts (bike builder Shannon Sweeney of SS Classics, Hunter Knight, Jeff Verges and Patrick Dunn-Baker) were looking for a gathering point for vintage bike fans. In 2007 they came up with the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club and began sponsoring events. The general rule for club membership is a passion for bikes that came with kickstarters, specifically pre-1978 machines. However all bikes and riders were welcome this past July 11, 2010, for the most recent VVMC event held at a large warehouse complex known as The Yard, a couple blocks from Muscle Beach. Cosponsored by Royal Enfield, the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally included a bike show and, drew over 3,000 fans and 700 bikes of all flavors. There was something for everybody, from a 1915 Excelsior to a futuristic trike powered by a blown 426 Hemi. The 3 B’s (barbecue, beer, and bands) added to the festivities, and an auction included a membership at Gold’s Gym as well as a purported “original gas tank” from the classic biker movie Easy Rider, with all proceeds benefiting AHRMA vintage motorcycle racing programs. Best of all, the event was totally free to the public.

Summing up their events, cofounder Jeff Verges says, “We put them on for the love of motorcycles and to put Venice on the vintage bike map. The local businesses have embraced it, the show days are always sunny, the fun nonstop, and each event gets bigger and better.” MC


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Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club (VVMC)
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