If you are into vintage motorcycling, and who isn’t to some degree these days, Vintage Rally 2012 at the National Motorcycle Museum really has got it all. A bike show, swap meet, vintage motorcycling panel discussions, all set at one of America’s greatest motorcycle museums. And it’s wrapped up with a Sunday morning ride in the hills of eastern Iowa and even a pro hillclimb competition! Anamosa, Iowa is the place, June 1, 2 & 3 are the dates.
The Bike Show is Saturday, June 2. Motorcycle Classics magazine is sponsoring awards to the owners of the best 1986 and earlier American, British, European and Japanese bikes in the show. ACE Cafe is sponsoring awards for the Cafe Racer class for bikes built through 2012. New this year is a special class for drag bikes built through 2012. Ray Price Harley-Davidson Racing will park their 83 foot state-of-the-art race rig along with the team’s two fresh top fuel bikes. At 3:45 on Saturday we’ll invite any drag bike owners to rattle the Museum’s windows. Got a bike you’d like to enter in the Bike Show? It’s quick and easy to sign up at the Vintage Rally 2012 website. www.nationalmcmuseum.org
While the show bikes are lining up, walk the Swap Meet and see if you can find some good collectibles or a few parts for a project bike. Or plan ahead and reserve your own vendor space. Each 20 x 20 space is only $50 for the three day Vintage Rally event. Plus, you get two free admissions to the National Motorcycle Museum and can check out the Vintage Rally Bike Show as well. Use this form to reserve your Swap Meet vendor space.
Sunday morning June 3, activities kick off with a great bike ride through the rolling hills of central eastern Iowa. The ride is free, roads are great and bikes 1986 and earlier are welcome! Bikes will meet at the National Motorcycle Museum at 9:00am, the riders’ meeting is at 9:45 and riders depart at 10 am. And for just $10 you can sign up for nice lunch in the Museum Banquet Hall just after the Sunday Ride.
Rounding out the weekend Sunday afternoon is the 63rd annual Anamosa Hillclimb and Swap Meet with a special competition class for antique and vintage hillclimbers. “Hillclimbing is just a great old sport. There’s really nothing else like it in motorsports, period,” Says National Motorcycle Museum President, John Parham. “I’m sure a little prize money will help get out some of the old iron and add to the show, offer a live, thrilling history lesson. Anyone out there with an old hillclimber I hope will bring it to the Vintage Rally and Anamosa Hillclimb, even just to show it.” Of course most of the bikes are thrilling, quick, high tech modern machines. But the National Motorcycle Museum and J&P Cycles are sponsoring the $500 purse for the Vintage Class at the Anamosa Hillclimb.
Inside the Museum, along with exhibits holding over 400 motorcycles and great memorabilia some great people will be on hand as well. Dick Klamfoth, Bobbie Hill, Bill Tuman. Famed Daytona Beach Racers. Meet them at Vintage Rally 2012, Anamosa, Iowa. There’s something special about the racers and their machines in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. Racing was different back then. The classic designs have held up, and the keen-eyed racers like to share their racing stories and show off their race bikes.
Tom Reiser and EJ Potter were a couple of speed freaks who stuffed Chevy V8s into Harley frames. The Michigan Madman’s first bike, Bloody Mary will be on display at the Museum. Tom Reiser will be on hand to talk about his V8 bike, be part of the drag racing panel discussion, even share some hillclimb stories. John Gregory, the double engined Norton, HOGSLAYER’s chief wrench will be there, too, and we’ll even screen the award winning motion picture HOGSLAYER, the story of TC Christenson and John Gregory’s valiant effort and success, beating the best Harleys at the drag strip.
Your 401K is just starting to shape up again, but if you’re still looking for alternatives, sit in on the Directions in Motorcycle Collecting Panel Discussion and listen to experts like Randy Baxter, Baxter Cycle and Jim Long, expert antique Harley restorer tell you what they know, and don’t know, about the really very interesting world of motorcycle collecting.
Want to touch the first drag slick to turn a 250MPH quarter mile? Well, sorry, but you can look at it and about 20 great drag bikes in the Museum’s brand new Allstate Motorcycle Insurance Quarter MileStones exhibit. S&S Cycles is loaning for display some of their rare historic induction equipment, and several bikes and we’ll have Parasite, Stage Fright, Barn Job, Mountain Magic, Funny Bike and other great drag bikes on display, plus leathers, even some engine parts that didn’t make it down the quarter mile in one piece!
Like to hang out with authors? John Stein, guest curator for Quarter MileStones and author of Motorcycle Drag Racing; a History, and also Bob Kopp, I Just Want to Ride will personalize a copy of their books for you.
It’s all here at Vintage Rally 2012! The staff at the Museum invite you to make plans for this really outstanding weekend of vintage motorcycles and people at the National Motorcycle Museum, 102 Chamber Drive, Anamosa, Iowa, June 1, 2 and 3, 2012.
Go to www.nationalmcmuseum.org for more information. Or call 319 462 3925
Cruise into the National Motorcycle Museum, located at 102 Chamber Drive in Anamosa, Iowa, and experience the extensive display of almost 400 motorcycles from around the world as well as thousands of photographs, posters, postcards and pieces of motorcycle memorabilia, plus a fabulous collection of antique bicycles and toys. The Museum is open 9 – 5 seven days a week, year around and Museum Members are admitted free except during special events. Becoming a member is easy and quick. Admission is $8.00 except during special events. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The National Motorcycle Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation. For more information, call 319-462-3925 or plan your visit to the Museum on the web at www.nationalmcmuseum.org.