Classic Scene: The 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

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Classic motorcycles at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival.
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Ducati legends past and present headlined this year’s Motorcycles By Moonlight Benefit Dinner. From left: Emcee Alan Cathcart, Paul Smart, Jason DiSalvo and Cook Neilson.
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Editor’s Choice: Antonio Ricciardi’s ultra-rare 1951 Moto Guzzi Gambalunga.
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People’s Choice: Bill Jones’ very lovely, freshly restored 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.
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The AeroShell Aerobatic Team wowed the crowd both Saturday and Sunday.
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Best Custom: Jacquie Ritchie’s superb 1979 Moto Guzzi V1000 Café.
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Best Moto Guzzi: Gary Hubbard’s exotic 2001 Ghezzi-Brian.
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Matt Wiley of Race Tech Suspension gave a seminar at the MC tent.
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American Rider: Gary Surgeon and his 1981 Harley-Davidson FLH, which he bought new.
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European Restored: George Brown and his immaculate 1973 Laverda SF1.
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Japanese Original: Frank Templeton with his perfect 1976 Yamaha RD400.
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European Rider: Scott Reichert and his well-used 1972 Jawa Californian.
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Ace Cafe owner Mark Wilsmore was there ...
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... as was three-time AMA Champ Jay Springsteen.
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A great assortment of Moto Guzzis along with many British, Japanese and European bikes filled the MC show.
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British Restored: David Hurst and his ultra-sanitary 1966 Triumph Bonneville TT.
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British Rider: Robert Watson’s lovely 1939 Vincent Series A Rapide.
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Japanese Rider: Tom Sinclair’s extremely clean 1981 Honda CB750F.

We’ve been going to the Barber Vintage Festival since its 2005 inception, and each year we’re blown away by how much bigger and better it gets. And 2011 was no exception. Perfect weather drew thousands of attendees Friday to the Expo area, where the Motorcycle Classics tent was set up along with the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, vendors and more.

Sponsored by Moto Guzzi, Saturday’s Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show was a huge success, featuring 61 classic bikes, including 42 Moto Guzzis. Yet more Guzzis took advantage of our MG Parking Corral, which was filled with more than 100 cool rides. Guest judges for our show were motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart, Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Technical Director Brian Slark, the National Motorcycle Museum’s Mark Mederski and Moto Guzzi brand manager Rick Panattieri. If you keep missing this one, don’t; it’s the best show going. MC

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