Vintage Bike Events We Don’t Want To Miss This Summer!

As I write this, the weather-guessers are predicting 90+ degree temperatures for the next several days. Without a shadow of a doubt, summer has definitely arrived. While you may have (as we do) a long list of warm weather household/family projects on your to-do list here’s hoping that in between power washing the deck, trimming the hedge, and carting the kids to their T-Ball tournament you can peel away for a weekend or two and attend some of the great vintage and classic motorcycle events in our region. Spread out over the entire summer, here are a few events that we dare not miss in 2014.

 

Triumph National Rally   Oley, Pa   June 27-29

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This long-running event (formerly known as the Triumph Come Home Rally) celebrates its 21st year in 2014. A huge event that takes place over three days, The Triumph National Rally is friendly to all British Marques. This year the featured category is competition bikes. If you are a Brit Bike fan then you should plan on spending an entire weekend being entertained by the Swap Meet, Bike Shows, Poker Run and more. Need more info? Go to www.triumphnationalrally.com

 

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New Jersey Motorsports Park Vintage Motorcycle Festival   July 11-13   Millville, NJ.

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Sponsored by New Jersey Motorsports Park, AHRMA, Will Stoner Swapmeets, and Motorcycle Classics magazine, the second edition of the New Jersey Motorsports Park Vintage Motorcycle Festival goes down Friday July 11 through Sunday July 13.
The event takes place at New Jersey Motorsports Park, 8000 Dividing Creek Road in Millville. Gates open at 8:00 am each day.  The event includes racing, an all-brands swapmeet, and a bike show. AHRMA Vintage motorcycle racing serves as the anchore for the entire event, featuring competition in over 20 categories. There will also be a bike show for classics vintage motorcycles produced by Motorcycle Classics Magazine

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Vintage Motorcycle Daze   August 9   Blue Bell, Pa.

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Now in its fourth year, Vintage Motorcycle Daze is a one-day ride-in, show, and swap meet originally created by the two-stroke enthusiasts from the oily pipes motorcycle club.  Open to bikes from 1988 and earlier, the show has grown in both attendance and quality each of the first three years. We expect more of the same in 2014. The event runs one day only from 10am until 4 pm.  Need more info or have questions? Email the organizers at oilypipes@gmail.com  vmd 2012 153

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Modern Classics Ride-In   August 30   Boyertown, Pa.

 

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Our Modern Classics show here at Martin Moto has proven extremely popular and has developed a very positive reputation throughout the region. One year ago we decided to supplement our “cold weather” show with a warm weather vintage bike ride-in event just about six months out of phase with the March show. This year the Modern Classics ride-in will be held on Saturday, August 30th. We welcome vintage bikes of any brand, and any genre to this fun day long event. Stay tuned to our website www.modernclassicsbikeshow.com for more details as the event gets nearer.

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Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance   September 14   Malvern, Pa.

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For 2014 the very high profile Radnor Concours will again honor motorcycles along with a stunning collection of historically significant automobiles.

On the car side the show will feature the “Classic Chryslers,” a class including 1920s and 1930s era cars, especially custom bodied examples of that era. The “Formula One Grid” class will include samples of the highest level of motorsport from the past century and recent past. “Powered by Ford” will include any classic vehicle that has a Ford engine, so this class will include Sunbeam Tiger, DeTomaso Mangusta, Shelby Cobra and TVR Griffith.

This year the motorcycle division features HRD Vincent, a British manufacturer associated with models such as the Black Shadow which was the fastest production model available at that time. Also featured will be Brough Superior, often referred to as the “Rolls Royce of Motorcycles”, which was the favored ride of T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. The third featured class this year will be “Under 250CC Bikes Prior to 1974″ opening up this class to a wide variety of bikes with smaller displacement engines.

Lots more info about the Sunday Concours as well as other associated events throughout the weekend at http://radnorconcours.org/

 

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If these five events over the next 90 days aren’t sufficient to satisfy your need for a vintage bike  “fix” then you may have to venture further afield.  In the meantime how about finishing up with cleaning the windows so that you can escape for one or more of these great shows!

Enjoy the summer. And ride safe!

Modern Classics Ride-In This Saturday! Here Are Some Vintage Bike Pics To Get You Revved Up!

As if we needed any further reason to get revved up for Saturday’s Modern Classics Ride-In event at Martin Motorsports! As if indeed. OK, maybe a quick “bump start” is necessary to get your vintage bike juices flowing. If that’s the case, then here you go! Last weekend we attended the Radnor Concours in the rolling horse country of nearby Chester County, Pa. Norton was the featured marque this year and we delighted in a tasty visual feast of featherbeds, racing Manxes, and more. But just two weeks ago we also had the opportunity to attend the Vintage Bike show at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Put on by our friends at “Motorcycle Classics” Magazine, the Utah show was held in conjunction with the 10th Annual Bonneville Grand Prix AHRMA Vintage racing event. Old bikes and, especially, old race bikes. Does it get any better?

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Not to tip our hand too soon, but we can only hope some examples of bikes this nice show up at the Modern Classics Events, both next weekend and on March 1st at the 4th Annual Modern Classics Show.

Moto Guzzi was the featured marque at the Motorcycle Classics Utah show. Here’s a few that attracted our attention.

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DSCN7410Proving, once again, that it’s a pretty small world, we were delighted to discover one of the Utah Guzzis on display with a license plate frame from the well known Albert Sigman’s dealership just up the road from Martin Motorsports in Pleasant Valley, PA. We’ve had numerous Modern Classics entries that came out of Sigmans. Kind of legendary in this area.

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British bikes were, of course , well represented. Here a very popular Triumph 500 custom.

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And a tasty AJS. We haven’t had much in the way of AJS entries at our Modern Classics show. Maybe we need to look harder!

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Another bike we’ve never had at Modern Classics is a “first year’ 1984 Kawasaki Ninja 900. The first Ninja, and arguably the original Hypersport. Please, won’t somebody nominate one for our show!

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The special class at the 2014 Modern Classics show will be “Two Strokes.” Here’s an example of one we’d like to see. a nice, all original, 1966 Suzuki X6 Hustler. A boring color but anything but a boring bike!

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Yamahas’ RD350, and it’s later evolution, the RZ350 make a lovely couple. More cool two strokes from the 70s and 80s.

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You need only travel a bit further back in history to discover interesting older two strokes like this BSA Bantam.

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Then there is that “mother of all two strokes” the Kawasaki H2 750. Widow Maker. Say no more.

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Of course, since this show was paired with an AHRMA vintage race event, you didn’t have to walk far to check out all manner of vintage race bikes. And some relatively newer ones too.

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How about this hand-shift Indian? Wanna race something like this?

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We could easily fill your computer screen with dozens of additional photographs. A better idea might be this. Why not come on out to Martin Motorsports in Boyertown, Pa this Saturday, September 14th and check out a collection of vintage bikes like this in person. It’s our first Modern Classics Ride-In event and even we are excited to see what shows up. Want more info? Check out our web site at www.martinmoto.com

See ya there!

A Few Bullet Points for January 3, 2013

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Just a few Bullet Points…….

  • January Depression got you in it’s grips already? Don’t despair, positive signs abound. The days are getting longer (we added an entire minute of daylight today. Woot!) There are only 76 days until Spring. Most importantly, there are motorcycle shows to get you up off the couch and out of the house. This weekend the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows visit the Washington DC Convention Center for three days, January 4 -6. Then in two weeks (Jan. 18-20) the show makes its way  up I-95 to New York City and the massive Jacob Javits Center. If a day with hundreds of bikes, bike related “stuff” and a 100% motorcycle enthusiast crowd can’t chase away the blues then, well, there may well be no hope. Get all the details at www.motorcycleshows.com 65383_10151279861716995_982863121_a
  • Like old bikes? Check this out. Some pretty talented friends from our neck of the woods have been working for a long time putting together a professionally produced TV show called Retro Moto. These guys have cooked up a great show about classic bikes and the people who love to ride them. With interviews from around the world, unseen vintage race footage, custom motorcycle builds and plenty of on road footage this one is definitely “can’t miss TV” for old bike aficianados. After chasing up lots of dead ends they have finally found an outlet and are going to get some national air time. The first episode of Retro Moto drops this weekend as a segment on the PBS show Motorweek on January 5th and 6th. It’ll then pop on Velocity on January 22. Check your local listings. Way to go John, Matt, and friends!
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  • With all the excitement of the holidays maybe you missed the fact that New Jersey Motorsports Park has added an American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) date for 2013. The NJMP Vintage Motorcycle Festival, featuring AHRMA Racing is scheduled for August 2-4. A mega cool new event right in our backyard, and a nice adjunct to the return of the Geico AMA Pro road racing at NJMP on the weekend of September 13-15.AHRMA at NJMP

And those are your bullet points for today! Got something that we need to know about? Leave a comment here and we’ll check it out.