Meet at the Ace: Great bikes and a great ride

Reader Contribution by Richard Backus
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A stunning 1939 Matchless at the 2012 Meet at the Ace at the LeMay in Tacoma, Wash.

Picture-perfect weather and 200-plus vintage bikes greeted attendees to the inaugural Meet at the Ace Vintage Motorcycle Festival at the LeMay vintage car museum in Tacoma, Wash., Saturday, Aug. 25. Hosted by the LeMay museum in partnership with Mark and Linda Wilsmore and Ace Café London, the event was the museum’s first to celebrate vintage motorcycles.

You couldn’t have asked for better weather, with temperatures in the mid-70s all day and barely a cloud in the sky as participants strolled around the museum’s 3.5 acre show field taking in an impressive selection of machines. Bikes on hand ranged from an immaculately restored 1954 Vincent Black Lightning to Roy Ivalters’ lovely and very original 1965 Honda 305 Dream, which, incidently, took 1st Place in the Japanese category. Best of Show went to Ron Rumbolz’s fantastic 1963 Norton Atlas.

1963 Norton Atlas with period fairing took Best in Show.

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