One of the most rewarding parts of working for this magazine all these years has been meeting and interacting with all the wonderful people that make up the old motorcycle hobby. Meeting readers and enthusiasts at motorcycle shows and events throughout the years has allowed me to put faces with a lot of your names, your bikes and your stories. And as much as we love travelling to the big shows like the Barber Vintage Festival in Alabama, for the past four years we've also looked forward to our own Big Gig: The Motorcycle Classics Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Getaway, held each summer at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.
When we started this event, we crossed our fingers and hoped we'd have 20-or-so readers show up and ride with us for the weekend. The first year 80 of you showed up, and we've shared each event since with nearly that many riders, enjoying great roads, tasty meals and a bit of bike-wrenching to boot.
We've also enjoyed hanging out with and getting to know our special guests, Brian Slark, Mark Mederski, Alan Cathcart and Dain Gingerelli. These kind gentlemen have shared their time and their stories with us, and we're very grateful for their presence at our event.
But enough looking back. Let's look forward.
This year, we grow. Produced in conjunction with our successful Getaway, for 2020 our Events team will morph the Getaway into something bigger: The Gearhead Gathering, still taking place at Seven Springs, but this year it moves to Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-6, 2020.
In addition to the guided rides on some of the area's best roads, there will be a lot more going on throughout the weekend. We'll offer self-guided ride recommendations and routes for those of you who want to ride alone or in smaller groups, setting your own pace. Plans are also in the works for a hill climb, a woods race, a bike show, a swap meet, workshops and even displays and demonstrations of vintage farm equipment presented by sister titles Farm Collector and Gas Engine Magazine.
For continued info, head to GearheadGathering.com, where you'll have the ability to buy tickets and lodging packages, and where we'll publish all the updates as plans progress.