Mark Mederski at the Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway

Reader Contribution by The Motorcycle Classics Staff
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Mark Mederski from the National Motorcycle Museum will be our special guest at this year’s Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Getaway.Photo courtesy Mark Mederski

The National Motorcycle Museum’s Mark Mederski joins us as our special guest for the 2nd Annual Motorcycle Classics Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaway at Seven Springs Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Aug. 4-6, 2017.

The former executive director of the American Motorcycle Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Mederski has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in motorcycling, including giants like Dick Mann, Jay Springsteen and Malcolm Smith, to name just a few.

A club road racer in the 1970s and an avid vintage motorcycle collector, Mederski joined the National Motorcycle Musuem in Anamosa, Iowa, as special projects director in 2009, and in 2014 he was appointed to the Antique Motorcycle Foundation board of directors.

Mederski will join us for our weekend get-together, which includes two days of riding centered in Southern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, with this year’s Saturday ride taking us through the region’s mostly unknown Amish territory, an area punctuated by stunning farms and miles of incredible back-country roads. We’ll take a shorter but no less beautiful ride around the Laurel Highlands area on Sunday morning, leaving everyone plenty of time to make their way home after what’s certain to be another fantastic weekend of riding. Last year’s inaugural ride drew nearly 100 riders, and when we asked participants what they thought of the event the feedback was unanimous: Do it again!

Mederski will ride his BMW R1150GS from his home in Columbus, Ohio, arriving in time for our Friday evening welcome reception and dinner. We’ll also have a post-ride banquet dinner on Saturday, with Mederski joining editor Richard Backus for a relaxed discussion about the museum and vintage motorcycle collecting, with Mederski sharing stories about the incredible people he’s met during his years working with the AMA, the NMM and other organizations.

Can’t bring your own bike? Not a problem, because RetroTours will once again have a limited selection of classic 1970s motorcycles available for rent, including models from Ducati, Triumph, Norton, Yamaha, BMW and more. Check out the 25-strong RetroTours stable at, but don’t wait too long because rentals are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

And if you’re looking for total vintage immersion, check out the RetroTours Seven Springs ride, a 500-mile round-trip romp to our event from RetroTours headquarters in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, riding RetroTours’ classic ’70s motorcycles.

August will be here before you know it, so reserve your spot now at, where you’ll also find event updates and interactive ride routes as we get them posted. Don’t miss it! MC

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