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
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
New Jersey Motorsports Park Vintage Motorcycle Festival July 11-13 Millville, NJ.
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
Vintage Motorcycle Daze August 9 Blue Bell, Pa.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Modern Classics Ride-In August 30 Boyertown, Pa.
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.
Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance September 14 Malvern, Pa.
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/
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!