The 2017 Rails & Roads Motorcycle Show was held yesterday and here are the results.
Before I dive into the numbers and pictures let me say thanks to all that came out to support the show, and to Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group who provided the trophies for the show.
I’d also like to acknowledge those who provided swag & door prizes, especially Carolina Honda in Columbia S.C. for the helmet & gloves that they provided. Thank you so much.
We gave out awards in 5 classes. We had trophies for 7 but no one with Kawasaki or a Suzuki showed up ( I guess they were afraid of all the Hondas ). Even so we still had at least 25 or 30 bikes in the show itself. All voting was done strictly by people choice and here are the results;
Class 1 American
2nd place went to a gentleman named Tony (last name escapes me) and his beautiful ’96 Harley Davidson Road King.
1st place went to Mark Fisher who brought out his wonderful 1941 Indian Chief pictured above.
Class 2 European/British
3rd place went to Daniel Horn with his original unrestored ’72 BSA Victor 250
2nd place went to Doug Parker & the very nice 77 Moto Guzzi Convertible that he rode to the show.
1st place went to Mark Fisher and the absolutely stunning 1952 Vincent Black Shadow shown at the beginning of this section.
Class 3 Honda This was the largest class with machinery ranging from 1964 all the way up to 1989.
3rd place went to Bryan Bentley and his 1964 C102 Cub.
2nd place went to Todd Brown & his wicked looking ’80 CB750SS Cafe Racer.
1st place went to Donald Wiseman & the well restored ’73 CL350 shown above.
Class 6 Yamaha
3rd place went to Tony Berry and his 1979 XS1100
2nd place went to Bryan Bentley and his little 2 stroke 1969 Y5
1st place went to Donald Wiseman who brought his unrestored original 1973 TX500 in the image above.
Class 7 The Freak Show; while mainly intended as a custom class it was also used as a catch-all class for orphaned Japanese makes as well.
2nd place went home with Mark Krengel & his Kikker 5150 Bobber
1st place was claimed by Jerry Cole who brought the fantastic little bike in the above picture a 1972 Hodaka Wombat 125.
Best of the Rails & Roads Motorcycle Show
The voting for this trophy was a tight race between two black motorcycles. My gut instinct told me that just like in the ’50s the only thing that would beat a Vincent was another Vincent. But when all the votes were counted Best of Show went to the stunning 1980 Honda CB750SS of Todd Brown. Featuring an upside down fork & other serious upgrades, including custom wire wheels (Honda’s funky old Comstars are stock on these bikes) it was a truly tasty custom. The best part of all? He rode it to the show and it sounds as good as it looks.
We’re really happy to report that we were able to raise $175 dollars that was donated to the S.C. Railroad Museum to help with the upkeep of the museum and its rolling stock.
We made a few missteps, adapted on the fly, learned some lessons and we plan to return to Winnsboro S.C. next year with an even bigger better Rails & Roads Motorcycle Show presented by the VJMC of The Carolinas.