The Meet at ACM

The LeMay — America’s Car Museum, celebrates 90 years of BMW motorcycles with its The Meet at ACM.

| November/December 2013

  • Visitors at The Meet at The Lemay
    If there’s one thing the LeMay museum appreciates it’s the value of variety, a fact amply proven by the museum’s eclectic, 350-strong collection of special interest automobiles.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • A look at the rare 1953 Ceccato at the Lemay
    Lovely and rare 1953 Ceccato 125cc took Best of Show.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Classic 1957 S3 Meguro at The Meet
    Strong Japanese class included this very nice 1957 S3 Meguro.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Line of vintage BMWs at The Meet
    Nice lineup of vintage BMWs faces an equally nice selection of vintage Italians.
    Photo By MC staff
  • 1913 Jefferson on display at The Meet
    Original 1913 Jefferson
    Photo By MC Staff
  • 1925 BMW on display at The Meet
    1925 BMW R37
    Photo By MC Staff
  • 1930 Dresch on display at The Lemay Museum
    Outrageous 1930 Dresch
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Visitors appreciate a classic Henderson Four at The Meet.
    This Henderson Four was a rider.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Owner Pete Mafteiu and his Knucklehead are visitors at the show
    Pete Mafteiu rode his Knucklehead to the show.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Benelli 650S tornado on display at The Meet
    Fantastic Benelli 650S Tornado.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Cossacks entertain the crowd
    The Seattle Cossacks wow the crowd.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Kevin Brooks speaking for The Meet
    Kevin Brooks shares Bonneville BMW experiences.
    Photo By MC Staff
  • Morgan three wheeler on display at The Meet
    Cool new S&S-powered Morgan three-wheeler.
    Photo By MC Staff

  • Visitors at The Meet at The Lemay
  • A look at the rare 1953 Ceccato at the Lemay
  • Classic 1957 S3 Meguro at The Meet
  • Line of vintage BMWs at The Meet
  • 1913 Jefferson on display at The Meet
  • 1925 BMW on display at The Meet
  • 1930 Dresch on display at The Lemay Museum
  • Visitors appreciate a classic Henderson Four at The Meet.
  • Owner Pete Mafteiu and his Knucklehead are visitors at the show
  • Benelli 650S tornado on display at The Meet
  • Cossacks entertain the crowd
  • Kevin Brooks speaking for The Meet
  • Morgan three wheeler on display at The Meet

Mix it up. If there’s one thing the The LeMay: America's Car Museum appreciates it’s the value of variety, a fact amply proven by the museum’s eclectic, 350-strong collection of special interest automobiles.

The cars at the Tacoma, Wash., museum span the gamut of the automotive universe, ranging from a 1919 Stanley Steamer to a 1983 DeLorean DMC 12. In between you’ll find Ferraris, a Tucker, Lincolns and Triumphs. But for two days this past August, the car-centric LeMay’s embrace of variety stretched to encompass vintage machines of the two-wheeled kind.

Although first and foremost a vintage car museum, just two months after its June 2012 opening the museum hosted the Meet at the Ace Vintage Motorcycle Festival, drawing 200 classic motorcycles and 10 times as many vintage motorcycle enthusiasts. The dust had hardly settled from that event before the museum started making plans for 2013. Held August 24-25, 2013, The Meet at the LeMay was an even bigger success than 2012, with 300-plus vintage bikes spread out across Haub Family Field and an estimated 5,000 vintage bike enthusiasts taking it all in.

Hats off to BMW

This year’s meet celebrated 90 years since BMW turned out its first production motorcycle, the 1923 R32, whose horizontally opposed twin cylinders and shaft drive set a pattern BMW still follows today. The event inspired a strong showing of vintage airheads, with Gary Lewis’ fantastic 1925 R37, one of just 152 made in 1925-1926, nabbing top honors in the European Prewar class. Much to the delight of attendees, Lewis fired up the raucous-sounding R37 and rode it on the drive ringing Haub Family Field.



As part of the BMW celebration, Kevin and Barb Brooks of Seattle-based Brooks Motor Works joined the Motorcycle Classics tent with a couple of their record-breaking Bonneville BMW racers, on hand for Kevin’s morning seminar on the challenges of racing on the salt. Kevin and the Flying Fox Racing Team have set numerous Land Speed Records on vintage BMWs. Other notable Beemers included Jim Knauft’s beautiful 1956 R26 and Steve Prokop’s immaculate 1973 R75/5.

It wasn’t all BMW of course, with an impressive selection of pre- and postwar American iron, including the spectacular 1913 Jefferson board track racer brought by Antique Cycle NW of Mercer Island, Wash. With a patina that only comes with age and originality, the Jefferson rightly won the show’s Best Unrestored award. Joe Palkovich’s fastidiously restored 1954 Harley Hydra Glide took top honors in American Postwar. Pete Mafteiu’s fantastic 1936/1941 Harley Knucklehead took third in American Prewar. Never restored, it was bought by his father in 1960 for $50 and features a 1936 engine in a 1941 frame.



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