Antique Motorcycle Club of America
The Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AntiqueMotorcycle.org) was founded in 1954 by a group of antique-bike fans in the New England area. From the beginning, the purpose of the club has been the “preservation, restoration and operation of old-time motorcycles.” Members of the AMCA own, restore, preserve, study or just admire motorcycles that fall into the “Antique” category – what they define as a bike at least 35 years old.
At the national and international level, AMCA maintains a calendar of National meets and road rides that include some of the premier antique-motorcycle gatherings in the world. National meets typically include a full schedule of other activities, including a large vendor area, seminars, bike shows and antique racing.
Locally, Chapters typically host regular meetings, plus activities like bike shows, swap meets and road runs.
Today, AMCA hosts nearly 11,000 members within 59 affiliated Chapters in the U.S. and abroad. The Viking Chapter serves us here in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. While the 200-member Viking Chapter has multiple events every month, the club’s largest get-together – the Viking AMCA Antique Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet – occurs every June at the State Fairgrounds.
In addition to events, AMCA members also get access to a high quality magazine six times per year, online forums and the AMCA Virtual Motorcycle Library that features downloadable copies of hundreds of old and rare sales brochures, parts lists and repair manuals.
Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club
Founded in 1977, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC.org) has thousands of members worldwide that are dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of vintage Japanese motorcycles that are 20 years old or older.
The VJMC’s annual membership fee costs $30. Becoming a member garners you a bi-monthly magazine and access to members-only content on the website. The full-color magazine includes stories related to vintage bikes and the people who ride them, technical and restoration tips, coverage of bike shows, rallies, and local events, and classified ads. The website offers classifieds, tech tips and articles, free digital back-issues of the magazine, an extensive members’ bike photo archive, video clips and slide shows, a VJMC regalia store, and registration information for various VJMC events.
The VJMC is governed by a national Board of Directors with representation from 10 regions throughout the United States and Canada. The Board of Directors has appointed field representatives in many states and provinces who implement national policy and standards, conduct state or regional events, and assist in organizing a VJMC presence at other vintage motorcycle events.
In some cases, VJMC chapters have been created to promote enhanced member involvement. Locally, the VJMC’s Minnesota Chapter (VJMC-MN.com) meets the second Monday of every month at Diamonds Coffee Shoppe in Northeast Minneapolis (1618 Central Ave.). You don’t have to be a member to show up, but you may want to join after conversing with fellow vintage enthusiasts.
Rockin’ With Ton-Up Minneapolis
Whether you’re a Rocker, a Mod or even a Mocker, riders who dig café racer culture may want to check out Ton-Up Minneapolis.
The Ton-Up Club originated in London in the 1950s. Based out of the now-famed Ace Café, they developed part of motorcycle culture that endures today. Ton-Up Minneapolis, a registered 517 non- profit with the state of Minnesota, is a nationally recognized chapter of Ton-Up Club North America. T-U Mpls members say the club is comprised of persons with varying backgrounds and ideologies that are united for their love of motorbikes and the further development of the motorbike culture.
Most recently, Ton-Up Mpls has started to partner with various business and individual donors in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area on a scholarship program meant to encourage and promote the design, craftsmanship, development and furthering of passion for motorcycles and mechanics in the Twin Cities.
Dubbed the Dan Cunningham Memorial, the program is to award applicants a scholarship to a school of their choice based on a three-party review board on an annual basis beginning Fall 2015. Applicants must demonstrate or show evidence of: 1) beginning or furthering a career in motorcycle development, design or maintenance, 2) passion for motorcycles and culture, and 3) commitment to higher education at a MN Registered school/institute for the following year.
The Award amount is to be determined on available funds raised by Ton-Up MC. The Award will be paid directly to the school that applicant is registered to for the year and cannot be used to fund housing, meals or other aspects of higher education and living expenses.
Applicants should submit a request via Ton-Up’s website or in writing to Ton Up Club Minneapolis. Check out TonUpMpls.com to learn more about the club and scholarship opportunity.
American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association
With about 4000 members, the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Ltd. (AHRMA.org) is the leading vintage racing group in North America and one of the largest in the world.
AHRMA traces its roots to efforts to organize vintage road racing during the late 1970s in the northeast, but didn’t really take shape until it was formed as a privately held business in 1986. Other groups were quickly brought together under the AHRMA banner and one set of rules, and in 1989 AHRMA was reorganized into a member-owned not-for-profit association.
Today, AHRMA offers vintage national and regional road racing, motocross, dirt track, observed trials and cross country competition. The classic machines active in AHRMA events span a full 70 years, from the 1920s to the early 1990s. The national-championship schedule typically includes at least 15 rounds in each competition discipline. Events take place at some of the finest and most historic venues in the United States: Daytona International Speedway, Road America, Willow Springs, Miller Motorsports Park, Barber Motorsports Park, etc.
The organization occasionally sponsors a concours d’elegance, swap meets and banquets featuring world-renowned speakers, and AHRMA members receive a professionally-edited journal – Vintage Views – 10 times each year, an annual racing Handbook/rulebook, and access to the organization’s website.
The annual AHRMA due is $75 for U.S.-based Competition Members and $40 for Associate Members. Or, if you just want to try an event to see if you like it, a One Event (weekend) Membership is available at many events for $30 and may be converted to a Full Membership within 30 days. However, a rider may purchase a One Event Membership just once in any 13-month period.
The American Motorcyclist Association each year inducts new members into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. This year, on Oct. 17, six inductees will join the ranks of motorcycling’s greatest advocates and champions during a gala to be held at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando.
The Class of 2015 includes entrepreneur and industry patron John Parham, road racing champion John Kocinski, former Harley-Davidson CEO Richard Teerlink, off-road racing champion Rodney Smith, dirt tracker Alex Jorgensen and Yamaha race team manager Keith McCarty. Additionally, existing Hall of Famer and multi-time road racing champion Wayne Rainey will be honored as the 2015 Hall of Fame Legend.
The public is encouraged to attend the event. General admission tickets are $25 per person; reserved seating tickets that include an exclusive pre-ceremony reception and entry to the AIMExpo (AIMEXPOUSA.com) are $90.
Barber Expands, Hosts Vintage Events
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum – already named by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest collection of vintage and contemporary motorcycles, with 1,398 unique exhibits – has launched a major expansion that will grow the 144,000-sq.ft. facility by an additional 85,000 sq. ft.
“People visit from all over the world to see this museum and its collection, and we want to continue to wow them with what they see,” said George Barber, a Birmingham, Ala., businessman and longtime motorcycle collector who built the museum and 830-acre Barber Motorsports Park racing venue.
Annually, the park and the museum attract more than 250,000 visitors.
The 11th annual Barber Vintage Festival is set to take place Oct. 9-11, 2015, at Barber Motorsports Park. There’ll be road-racing, trials, cross country riding, motocross, a swap meet and more.
Next year, the inaugural AMCA Lucas Oil Vintage Motorcycle Classic – for bikes that are at least 35 years old – takes place May 27-29, 2016, at Barber. The event is scheduled to include bike shows & judging, over 500 vendors, a swap area, tech seminars, daily rides and more. Learn more at AntiqueMotorcycle.org.
The National Motorcycle Museum’s in Iowa
The National Motorcycle Museum is located just off U.S. 151 in Anamosa, Iowa, approx. 275 miles from the Twin Cities.
Founded in 1989, the not-for-profit has amassed more than 400 vintage bikes, as well as photographs, apparel, advertising art, toys and other memorabilia.
Many motorcycles are on loan from private collectors from around the world, and the museum says it is always looking for additions. So, if you’re a collector, there may be room for your motorcycle in the galleries.
Fans of classic bikes may be particularly interested in visiting the museum this coming June for the 6th annual Vintage Rally. Visit NationalMCMuseum.org for more information.
Once each year in August about 200 of the most prized collector motorcycles and cars in the world roll into the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on California’s Monterey Peninsula.
Representing the best of the best, vehicles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition. The selection committee accepts applications and makes sure that only the best—the most original, most authentic and elegant—appear at Pebble Beach. Entry applications go out in November and are due in January. Applications are then vetted before the Concours Selection Committee meets in late March to review them. In April, the best vehicles receive a formal invitation to participate in the Concours.
The Pebble Beach Concours included classic motorcycles for the first time in 2009. The motorcycles must run when the judges show up, and there are three winners in each of the classes.
Learn more at PebbleBeachConcours.net
The 8th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering, to be held May 14, 2016, at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, Calif., celebrates both pre- and post-war eras of the world’s finest sports and racing bikes, as well as some of the finer things in life.
One of the Club’s signature events that also include The Quail Motorsports Gathering and The Quail Rally, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering’s concours d’elegance includes Antique, Japanese, British, German, Italian, Other European, Competition On/Off-Road, American, Custom/Modified, Scooter, and additional classes to be announced. The Quail Ride, a 100-mile journey through the Monterey Peninsula, kicks off the weekend adventure.
In addition to motorcycles, the event features a gourmet barbeque lunch with offerings from local wineries and breweries, live entertainment, displays by leading motorcycle manufacturers, lifestyle vendors and more.
Visit SignatureEvents.Peninsula.com for more information.
The AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days event is held annually for three days in July at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Every year tens of thousands of enthusiasts of vintage motorcycles attend to take part in vintage motocross, hare scrambles, trials, dirt track and road racing, peruse nearly 1,000 vendors, attend seminars and bike shows, meet stars from motorcycling’s past and present, and look for treasures in what organizers say has become the largest motorcycle swap meet in North America.
And it’s all for a good cause, as AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days also serves as a significant fundraising event, with proceeds supporting the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, about an hour south of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.