With 101 bikes on display, the showroom of Martin Motorsports was transformed into a classic bike museum for a day.
Photo By Joeseph Luppino
Early March isn’t typically the most active time for motorcyclists in southeastern Pennsylvania. But the late winter chill didn’t stop Martin Motorsports in Boyertown, Pa., from heating up riders with their third annual Modern Classics show on March 2. Entitled “The Motorcycles That Made You a Motorcyclist,” the show is an invitational featuring historically significant bikes of all marques, primarily from the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. More than 1,200 attendees checked out the 101 entries that transformed Martin Motorsports’ showroom into a “Museum for a Day.” In addition to rides like a 1985 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica Mille, an all-original 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport and a near-perfect example of a 1990 Honda RC30, visitors also got to view a rare 1957 Islo 175 Carrera. The Mexican made (but Morini-powered) classic was Islo founder Isidoro Lopez’ dream bike, intended for competition in the classic Italian city-to-city races like the Motogiro. Sadly the races were discontinued, and Lopez passed away before the dream could be realized. Four of these bikes were built but just two survive, including the one shown at Modern Classics.
Guests also relished this year’s special class of competition bikes. An Indian 750cc Sport Scout that has been raced almost continuously since it left the Springfield, Mass., factory in 1936, a Suzuki RG500 Grand Prix bike, and a 1972 MV Agusta 350 Electronica Twin featuring Giacomo Agostini’s autograph on the tank were just a few of the special attractions among the 40-plus racing machines.
A unique element of the Modern Classics show is the professional photo studio that’s set up on site. Each bike in the show is professionally photographed and included in a collector-quality photo book to document the annual show. The books are popular coffee table items among both fans and bike owners, and the series are becoming collector items in their own right.
Next year’s 4th annual show is tentatively scheduled for early March. Mark your calendars. And start polishing.
1957 Islo 175 Carrera is one of two survivors of just four built.
Photo By Jack Broomall