Vintage MotoFest and Rockerbox 2017

| 6/14/2017 1:19:00 PM

Russ Larabee

Russ Larabee took home top honors in two categories — Best Café and People’s Choice — for his 1978 Honda CB750 café crafted by Godffrey’s Garage.

Wisconsin was the place to be last weekend as thousands of vintage motorcycle fans gathered for the annual Vintage MotoFest and Rockerbox Motorcycle Show at Road America race track outside Elkhart Lake, June 9-11, 2017. Big winds on Saturday threatened to pull more than a few tents off their moorings — we almost lost ours! — but the sun shone brightly as AHRMA racers made their way around Road America’s epic 4-mile road course while attendees took in their fill of great custom and vintage motorcycles.

Always one of our favorite events, this year’s show didn’t disappoint. We don’t have a count, but it felt like there were more bikes than ever in the Rockerbox Motorcycle Show, with bikes parked check to jowl along the access road leading to the Road America Center, a scene reminiscent of Rockerbox’s roots as a street show in Milwaukee starting in 2003. Bands played on stage in front of the Center all day, and a mini brewfest inside the Center provided ample opportunity to sample some of Wisconsin’s finest craft beers.

Motorcycle Classics headed up the judging for the show, with Tony Prust from Analog Motorcycles, Peter Lund from Retrospeed, Kevin Frank from the Brewtown Rumble and Build Moto Mentor Program, Rockerbox co-founder Scott Johnson from Fuel Café, and Motorcycle Classics’ Richard Backus sharing judging duties.

We added two categories for 2017, Best Restored and Best Rider, plus Tony Prust awarded the Analog Motorcycles Best in Show along with a $250 gift certificate from Analog. Trophies were awarded in five other categories including Best Café, Best Rat Bike, Best Scooter, Best Chopper and Best Race Bike, plus we awarded our annual Editor’s Choice, which this year went to Gary King for his awesome 1984 Jamie James Yamaha RZ350, one of two made. And Gary owns the other one.

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