Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

6th Annual Mid-Winter Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet-Lawrence, Kansas

Written by  February 24, 2015

If It’s Super Bowl Sunday it must be time for the annual vintage motorcycle show hosted by the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. February 1 was the date, and the place was Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas. The theme for this year’s show was “The Pre-20’s Motorcycles,” and the field of entries featured many fine examples fitting that description.

The first row of motorcycles that came into view when entering the exhibition hall included a 1907 Indian, a 1913 Flying Merkel, a 1912 Indian, a 1913 Yale, a 1918 Harley-Davidson JD, and Sears and Excelsior motorcycles from the same era. On a lift above the Santa Fe Trail Chapter banner sat Mike Bahnmaier’s spectacular 1912 Flanders that would later be awarded Best in Show. On a table to the left were several rows of really nice plaques that would be presented to the award winners in various classes. Admission was only $5 for adults, kids 12 and under got in free, as did AMCA members and military in uniform. Drawings for door prizes went on throughout the show.

In spite of bitterly cold weather and a biting north wind, the hall was crowded with motorcycle fans who were treated to a very fine show of vintage motorcycles. Since the doors opened at 9:00 a.m. there was plenty of time to enjoy the bike show without missing any of the Super Bowl game. An interesting bike featured at the show was the one-of-a-kind “O.J. Plummer” which may be the first motorcycle in Kansas City. There were street bikes, trail bikes, and racers manufactured in America, the Orient, and Europe, all at least 35 years old. Some were original, some restored, and some customized. Many of the proud owners of the bikes stayed near their displays and were happy to have the opportunity to talk motorcycles with anyone who was interested. I particularly enjoyed a visit with James Smith, the original owner of a 1973-1/2 Honda CB500-K2 four-cylinder. His bike is all original with the exception of the exhaust pipes and tires. It reminded me of the 1974 CB 550 I owned from 1974 until 1993. Mr. Smith still has the original sales slips for the 500 and for the 350 that he traded in on it.   As we wandered through the lines of display bikes, Editor Mike and I encountered several friends that we seldom get to see during outside the motorcycling season.

Around the perimeter of the hall were vendors and swap meet participants. Motorcycle parts, helmets, publications, and other merchandise were abundantly available, and event T-shirts were also offered for sale.

Mike and I agreed that the show was certainly worth the drive from the Kansas City area. We congratulate all of the award winners listed below and commend the Santa Fe Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America for putting on a great show. Thanks to our friend Elizabeth Castillo for providing the awards list.

American Street

1st-1952 Harley-Davidson K Model-Harry Enyart

2nd-1957 Harley-Davidson Sportster-Kenny Howard

3rd-1936 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead-Nathan Garrett

American Competition

1st-1940 Harley-Davidson EL racer-Jack Larson

2nd-1971 Harley-Davidson 900 CC flat track Sportster-Rodney Noel

British Street

1st-1970 Triumph Daytona 500-Karlen Peterson

2nd-1951 Ariel 500 c.c. Red Hunter-Mike McCaffrey

3rd-1975 Norton Commando 850-Jeff Unger

British Competition

1st-1971 Norton flat track racer-Kirk Anderson

European Street

1st-1974 Ducati 350 Mark 3-Bob Peters

2nd-1973 Ducati 750 GT-Jim Van Eman

3rd-1980 Ducati SD 900-Larry Bergman

European Competition

1st-1969 CZ Sidepiper 360-Dave Wiebler

2nd-1973 CZ MX 380-Dave Wiebler

Asian Stret

1st-1970 Honda CB750-Jerry Juenemann

2nd-1965 Honda CA77-Frank Sereno

3rd-1976 Yamaha DT125-Matthew Reid

Asian Competition

1st-1974 Yamaha YZ250A-Russ Morgan

2nd-1975 Yamaha DT175 Enduro-Brandon Gerber

Special Interest

1st-1948 Whizzer L-Carl Climer

2nd-1952 Playboy Scooter-Bill Brown

Café Racer

1st-1964 Triumph T120R-Barnyard Scraps

2nd-1971 Honda-Steven Miller

3rd-1972 Triumph T120R-Barnyard Scraps

Racer-1920 Indian-Sudie Sudendorf

British Street-1965 Triumph TR6 RS-Wally LaFond

Sidecar-Suzuki-Larry Huningbake


Award of Excellence

Orient-Judy Dunlow

Indian 4 Valve-Robert Ojeda

1907 Indian-Mike Bahnmaier

1913 Yale-Jerry Ottaway

President’s Award

1912 Harley-Davidson-Mike Bahnmaier

Best of Show

1912 Flanders 4-Mike Bahnmaier


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Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com