2nd Annual AHRMA Vintage Festival at New Jersey Motorsports Park


Great vintage bikes on track and off, great weather and great people make for a perfect weekend.

David Harris with his 1976 BMW R90S.
One to own: David Harris took our Editors’ Choice award for his stunning 1976 BMW R90S.

Count us among the concerned when torrential rains ripped through Millville, New Jersey, last Friday afternoon just as the 2nd Annual AHRMA Vintage Festival at New Jersey Motorsports Park was getting underway. The water seemed to collect in near biblical proportions, and the next thing we knew we were pushing our way through small lakes covering the surrounding roads.

Fortunately, the rain left as quickly as it came, and as the sun fought its way through Saturday morning’s thick fog it became apparent it was going to be a perfect day for vintage racing and vintage motorcycles. We don’t have numbers yet from NJMP, but we’d guess the weekend crowds at upwards of 3,000 people, a more than respectable showing for an event that just launched last year and was held on the same weekend as the granddaddy of vintage bike shows, Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio.

A late change to the VMD schedule put the two events on the same weekend, yet you wouldn’t have known there was a schedule conflict talking to NJMP AHRMA Vintage Festival attendees, who were thrilled to have the option of a local event. And judging by license plates on cars and bikes, there were also plenty of attendees who made the trek from surrounding states like Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania.

7/17/2014 7:23:23 PM

Thanks for posting the picture of my R90S. The event was great. Can't wait till next year. Keep up the good work, love that magazine !! Dave

7/17/2014 2:43:54 PM

David Harris' R90S is a dead ringer for mine, except mine was a '74 with un-drilled front discs. The R90S is the ideal high speed long distance tourer. Hard to tolerate under 70mph; nice between 70 and 90mph and divine between 90 and 110mph. Everything comes together at 100mph - handling, ride, and engine/exhaust noise. 42mpg at a steady 90mph. For best handling needs a fork brace and stickier tires on the front than the rear. Reg Pridmore used to race with a soft compound but stiff low profile Metzler on the front and the stock size Continental on the rear, to encourage the tail to hang out a little when leaned over. Worked for me, too.

7/17/2014 12:26:58 PM

Reminds me of my 1974 BMW R90S, Silver Smoke - identical to David Harris', except for the drilled front discs (that started in 1975; mine were undrilled). A great long distance tourer; not so good around town - happier over 70mph; happiest between 90 and 110 mph. 100mph was the sweet spot.

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