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2016 Barber Vintage Festival & Museum

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2016 was our second year attending the Barber Vintage Festival but believe or not it it was actually the first time we actually visited the museum. If this seems strange it’s because this event is so massive with so many different things going on it is impossible to see everything even if you show up early on opening day & stay until the Monday morning after. The Barber Vintage Festival is pure vintage motorcycle overload. The museum is two wheeled gear head heaven. Even if it were possible to show you everything in a blog post (it’s not) I’d be doing you a great disservice by even trying. Instead here a few pictures to whet your appetite.

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Above is a shot looking down toward the lowest level where the machine shop is. Motorcycles are the main focus but they have plenty of classic and exotic race & street cars that includes a seriously fantastic Lotus collection.

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The next picture is a pair Moto Guzzi singles near the wall overlooking the racetrack. One of the great features of the museum is that the wall on the track side is all window so we could watch the AHRMA race bikes circulating on the track.

Ace Corner at the Barber Vintage Festival
Ace Corner at the Barber Vintage Festival

Speaking of AHRMA road racing, the best view of the action could be found at the Ace Corner, This was also the location of the Dime City Cycles custom bike show. In addition to the road racing there are also AHRMA sanctioned cross country, vintage motocross, and trials. If the racing doesn’t appeal to you there are several bike shows, a freestyle motocross show, the Wall of Death and a huge number of vendors hawking all kinds of motorcycle wares.

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Mirror mirror on the wall, what’s the most beautiful Ferrari of them all? To me the answer will always be the Dino.

 

We all know that Vincent built some of the most innovative motorcycles in the world and the Barber museum has multiple examples including a Black Shadow & the fully enclosed Black Prince. But did you know they made a personal watercraft decades before Kawasaki? Granted the tiny air cooled single in the 1955 Vincent Amanda didn’t give the speed and power of the Jetski but it was first.

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Long before the Jetski, there was the Vincent Amanda

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Another Vincent product was this lawn mower. Funny how today aficionados of some other brands pick on us Honda fans about the motorcycles and cars being souped up lawn mowers. Now when somebody starts that line of malarkey, we can all remember that Vincent made a lawn mower.

Military motorcycles at the Barber Museum
Military motorcycles at the Barber Museum

The museum also has a sizable display of military motorcycles including the 1999 Harley Davidson MT500. Too bad they never sold a civilian version of it.

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This original 1913 Yale is a fantastic sight to see with it’s matching sidecar.

1913-Yale at Barber Museum
Unrestored 1913-Yale

The massive Bohmerland sidecar outfit has to be seen in real life to be appreciated.

Bohmerland
Bohmerland

Scattered through the collection are a few cutaway engines such as the Matchless and Triumph mills pictured here.

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Matchless-G50
Triumph-cutaway
Triumph Tiger 110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a special bike for Honda fans.

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Dick-Mann-CR750

It’s the CR750 that Dick Mann rode in the 1970 Daytona motorcycle race.

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Barber-Museum-new-addition

The museum has many more motorcycles and cars hidden away in storage, but thanks to this newly completed addition a lot of them will be able to come out of hibernation for our enjoyment. It will be wonderful to see it when I return to the Barber Vintage Festival again.

Barber Vintage Festival swap meet
Vintage sidecar motocross?

One of my favorite things about Barber is the swap meet. There is such a huge variety of good junk, unique motorcycles, and rusty gold that if you can’t find what you want, you’re probably not looking hard enough. This Bultaco motocrosser with a sidecar was among the coolest items offered for sale.

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I always enjoy checking out the Antique Motorcycle Club of America display, this is part of the small motorcycle collection. Directly across the road was the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club show. This year my freshly restored C70 Passport was displayed there.

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There’s so much more to show you and tell you so I strapped two cameras to my scooter and shot a video ride around of the event for you.

If you are crazy about old motorcycles the Barber Vintage Festival is an event that you really need to go and see.

Peace Y’all.

Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

Friday at the Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

There wasn’t really a lot going on yet when I rolled into the Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show early on Friday March 4th. So I went ahead and set up my base camp for the weekend. To stretch my budget this year, instead of staying in a hotel I decided to sleep on an air mattress in the back of the enclosed trailer. This actually made a decent camping arrangement as a simple tent heater kept it nice and cozy on the cool early spring nights.

Motopsyco's camp @ Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

Afterwards I went digging around the swap meet just to see what was there. I didn’t take as many pictures this year because I had an actual shopping list of parts that are needed for two very different bikes, one a 45 cubic inch Flathead Harley and the other a Honda CT70 Mini Trail. Didn’t find much for the mini but there were a couple of vendors that had some good deals on parts for the Flattie.

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One of the absolute coolest things there was this little Model T replica for sale. The seller drove it around all over the place, and I hope some happy person took it home.

Mini Model T at Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

Other than a little shopping I just hung around the main exhibition hall and offered my meager assistance to the really hard working folks in the VJMC who were getting everything ready for the show on Saturday. Once darkness had fallen and supper was over it was time to retire to my little campsite and knock back a brew before turning in.

Saturday at the Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

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Fresh perked coffee early in the morning, sitting in a chair outside while cooking breakfast over a camp stove. The only way it could have gotten any better would be if my lovely partner had been there with me, but alas she had to work.

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After making myself reasonably presentable it was time to head over to the main hall again and watch as the neat old bikes filed in to register for the show. Rather than trying to post them individually I put a few of them in a slideshow for you.

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There were of course a few extra special bikes that really stood out and demonstrated that even though this may be one of the smaller “Bike Week” events it attracts some really high caliber machinery.

First up is an ultra rare Flying Merkel, who doesn’t enjoy seeing an old timer like this in good running order?

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There have been a lot of custom cafe racer or muscle-bike style custom Goldwings showing up on the internet and it was great to see this wild ‘Wing show up to take home 1st place in the custom class.

Custom Goldwing Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

No vintage motorcycle show is complete without at least one classic American racer, and the stunning Indian flat tracker fits the bill perfectly.

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The Best Of Show award went to my friend Mike, who brought this absolutely immaculate 1975 Kawasaki Z1B. He restored this bike himself from a rusty derelict. Look for more pictures of this one in the next week or two.

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One of the best things about going to a VJMC organized show is the fact that the judging is done by audience voting. This makes results almost completely unpredictable, and does away the bullshit & hurt feelings that result from selection by a panel of judges. I’d also like to acknowledge the hard work of the Vintage Motorcycle Alliance, they run the swap meet and set up the vendor areas and without them and the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, this event would not be what it is.

Click here to learn more about the Vintage Motorcycle Alliance

Click here to learn more about the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club

Until next time, Peace Y’all

 

 

Getting ready to go!

Hello everyone the van is all packed, motorcycle washed, the parts sorted and priced and I can’t wait get out of this cold place and get into some warm Florida sunshine.

Over the course of the weekend I will be experimenting with live blogging using the
Wordpress app on my phone. I will be posting random, reports, thoughts and
pictures as I spot interesting things. It may be messy and disoriented at
times, but there can be a great deal of fun in the unexpected. Since this will
be my first time attempting this be prepared for mistakes, bad grammar &
spelling, along with the possible WTF & SMH moments. Hopefully when it is
over we all will have had a great deal of fun. Be sure to check back frequently
this Friday – Sunday to catch all of the action.

The 2013 AMCA Southern National Meet!

Indian Chief
A fantastic motorcycle but just a little out of my price range.

This was the first time I have attended this event, the AMCA Southern National Meet. I went on Saturday & had to duck a few showers in the morning but other than that it was a great day! There were some truly outstanding motorcycles on the grounds along with a few neat old bicycles too. Here are a few of the pictures I took around the show grounds, enjoy!

Schwinn Cycle Truck
Kinda Rough & Crusty
Ross badge on Schwinn Cycle Truck
I have no idea why it had a Ross head badge on it.

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Triumph in a Bubble!
Triumph in a Bubble!
antique Harley with a saddle
Giddy Up!
Triumph Cubs
Triumph Cubs Hard to resist!
Vintage Vespa & old moped.
Vintage Vespa & old moped.
Carbide Bike Headlight
Who doesn’t love an old bicycle?
rusty Monark Super Twin
rusty Monark Super Twin
BSA Motorcycle
A nice ride able BSA!
antique Benelli 2 stroke
antique Benelli 2 stroke
another great vintage Triumph
I really enjoy seeing bikes like this Triumph Scrambler getting ridden. instead of merely displayed.
another nice old hog
old Harley with bare sheet metal
BSA B50MX
BSA B50MX
crusty project for sale
crusty project for sale

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The theme for this year was British Iron and the were some first class examples placed inside of one of the exhibition halls.

Ariel Square Four
Ariel Square Four
A Magnificent Triumph
A Magnificent Triumph
beautiful restored Vincent
beautiful restored Vincent
 cool custom Bonneville
cool custom Bonneville
AJS all decked out for touring
AJS all decked out for touring
Harley Davidson Sprint
I would like to have one of these
1960 Triumph Thunderbird
my dream machine
1960 Triumph Thunderbird
fantastic looking engine
Thunderball BSA
Thunderball BSA

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Cushman Eagle V2
Cushman Eagle with v twin engine
 coolest dog at the show
coolest dog at the show
Harley K model
Harley K model this would be a great restoration project

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kool tow trucks
kool tow trucks #1
kool tow trucks #2
kool tow trucks #2
field events pictures
field events pictures
Cushman in plank  race
Cushman in plank race
winner of the plank race
winner of the plank race
slow race
slow race
slow race
slow race
immaculate Moto Guzzi Eldorado
immaculate Moto Guzzi Eldorado
immaculate Moto Guzzi Eldorado
Moto Guzzi Eldorado another of my dream bikes
Briggs and Stratton motor wheel
Briggs and Stratton motor wheel

This was the first time I had ever seen a Briggs & Stratton  motor wheel. Neat old piece. The same gentleman also had the Smith motor wheel pictured below.

Smith motor wheel
Smith motor wheel

This event is held each year at Denton Farm Park in Denton, N.C. This is a fantastic venue for events of this type check their website for a schedule of different interesting events throughout the year.