Field Trip: 2013 AMCA Vintage Show

harley davidson motorcycle

The Santa Fe chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America had their annual bike show and swap meet this weekend in Lawrence, Kansas.

harley-davidson street tracker

There were lots of nice bikes on hand. This XR1200R turned street-tracker wasn’t even in the show; it was parked outside!

Every year the show brings in bikes of age from all over Kansas and western Missouri, but this year, the featured makes were British.  From Vincents to BSAs, Nortons to Velocettes, there were plenty of featured bikes on hand.  Of course, there was quite a presence from Japanese and American marques with some rare birds on hand, including an in-line four Indian!

The AMCA Santa Fe chapter organizers also paid tribute to Ralph Wayne who, for the last  decade, put on the Backyard Nationals, a festival of motorcycles… In his backyard!  Last year was the the final Ralph Wayne’s so they had an entire wall thrown up of memorabilia to celebrate.

Picture of an BSA motorcycle.

The last time you saw a BSA this clean was….?

The mission of the AMCA has always been “Preservation, Restoration, and Operation of Old-Time Motorcycles.” The club’s roots were planted in New England back in the 1950s by fans of antique motorcycles.  It has grown from a handful of enthusiasts to over 11,000 members, becoming one of the largest antique motorcycle clubs on the planet.

If you have a machine(or two, or three, or thirty) that is at least 35 years old, enjoy classic motorcycling and are interested in meeting like-minded individuals, definitely give the AMCA a look.  There are over 50 chapters in North America and the main site has forums with plenty of information about all sorts of makes and models.

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