Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

7th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet - Lawrence, Kansas

Written by  February 25, 2016

Motorcycles are a source of great fun. However, through the years we have found many ways of putting our rides to work. Recognizing this, the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America selected “Bikes of Service” as the theme for the 7th Annual Mid-Winter Vintage Motorcycle Show held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas, on Super Bowl Sunday,

One of the most widely recognized service motorcycles is the Harley-Davidson Servi-Car that was designed during the Great Depression. The tow-bar Servi-Car was designed for auto dealerships to be used for delivering cars to customers. The Servi-Car was towed behind the car to be delivered, detached at the delivery point, and ridden back to the dealership. Servi-Cars also saw service for many years with police departments and with private owners as utility/delivery vehicles. Several fine Servi-Cars were on display at this show. One of the proud owners was Dale Miller, an officer of the host club, who took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to show me the 1949 tow-bar model that he has owned since 1996. The restoration project took six years, and the result was an absolutely beautiful three-wheeler. Thanks to my pal Tony Halpin for introducing me to Dale and his wife Sherri, also an officer of the club, who had her Harley-Davidson Hummer on display.

Service motorcycles and scooters have been used by the military since early in the 20th Century. Motorcycles replaced horses as a means of transportation for scouts and messengers. Military Police units and even Special Forces units also put bikes/trikes to good use. Police agencies use motorcycles for traffic law enforcement, escort service, and general transportation. Chief August Vollmer of the Berkeley Police Department is recognized for organizing the first official police motorcycle patrol unit in the United States in 1911. However, it is reported that motorcycles were unofficially used by police officers as early as 1908.

In addition to the service bikes, the show featured a wide variety of vintage motorcycles; domestic and foreign; street, trail, and racing; big and small (mini). Some were original, some restored, some customized. Many of the owners were around and were happy to discuss their special rides or just talk about motorcycling. Wally LaFond, a great friend of all the Cycle Connections staff, was excited about the 1969 Honda CT90 trail bike he just finished restoring in time for the show. We enjoyed visiting with other friends and acquaintances including Marty Finley, Jimmy Shriver, Ralph Wayne Blackmore, and others. Admission to the show was a very reasonable $5 for adults with free admission to AMCA members and military personnel in uniform. Vendor spaces were $25, and bike entry fees were $10 each for the first two and free for additional bikes. In spite of cold weather, there were several motorcycles in the parking lot including a nice Harley Knucklehead.

There were 115 motorcycles, all at least 35 years old, entered for judging and another few that were not classed. The results are shown below. The recipient of the Best in Show award was Scott Hall’s 1931 Brough Superior SS-100-A6S. According to Wikipedia, approximately 383 of this model were manufactured between 1924 and 1940. Most were custom-build to fit the owners’ needs. These bikes were high performance and unmatched quality. Each motorcycle was assembled twice. The first assembly insured that all components fit perfectly. Then the bike was taken apart so that parts could be painted or plated before assembling them the second time. The SS-100’s were test-ridden at 100 miles per hour or more prior to being delivered to their buyers. George Brough personally certified each one. Perhaps the most famous Brough owner was T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, who owned eight Brough motorcycles and was killed in the crash of the seventh while the eighth was still being built. Brough bikes were known as the “Rolls-Royce of motorcycles.” We congratulate Scott and all of the other winners and exhibitors.

Awards:

American Street-100 Series:

1st-1918 Indian Power Plus-Harry Enyart

2nd-1925 Henderson Deluxe-John Flora

3rd-1948 Indian Chief Roadmaster-David Park

British Street-200 Series:

1st-1950 Vincent Black Shadow-Terry Richardson

2nd-1963 BSA Rocket Goldstar-Dan Lowery

3rd-1973 Triumph Hurricane-Mike Crumet

European Street-300 Series:

1st-1973 Moto Guzzi El Dorado-Terry Richardson

2nd-1966 BMW R60-2-Terry Richardson

3rd-1957 BMW R69-Terry Richardson

Asian Street-400 Series:

1st-1970 Honda CB750-Jerry Junemann

2nd-1972 Kawasaki H2 750-Chris Steinegar

3rd-1973-1/2-Honda CB500-James Smith

American Competition-500 Series:

1st-1971 Harley XCLH-Rodney Noel

2nd-1955 Harley KHK-Bruce Silkey

British Competition-600 Series:

1st-1960 BSA Catalina-Dan Lowery

2nd-1972 Norton Flat-tracker-Jack Benson

European Competition-700 Series:

1st-1973 Penton 175 Jackpiner-Jim Leteillier

2nd-1977 BMW R100S-Jim Doyle

Asian Competition-800 Series:

1st-1972 Honda SL350-Jerry Junemann

2nd-1974 Yamaha TY250-Craig Lisher

Special Interest-900 Series:

1st-1980 Chaing Jaing M1-S-Tim Maxon

2nd-1949 Whizzer-Marty Finley

Period Modified-1000 Series

1st-1980 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead Chopper-Bob Stinnett

2nd-1965 Triumph TR6-Doug Williams

Bikes of Service-1100 Series

1st-1939 Harley Servi-Car-Jack Larson

2nd-1947 Harley Servi-Car-Mike Muller

3rd-1949 Harley Servi-Car-Dale Miller

Award of Excellence-1963 BSA Rocket Goldstar-Dan Lowery

Award of Excellence-1926 Harley-Davidson-Lavern Farmer

Award of Excellence-1951 BSA Goldstar Clubman-Dan Lowery

Award of Excellence-1963 Harley-Davidson FL-Phil Coray

Award of Excellence-1918 Indian Power Plus-Harry Enyart

Best of Show-1931 Brough Superior-Scott Hall

It was another terrific show! Our thanks to Frank Sereno, Raul Cabrera, Dale Miller, Sherri Miller, and the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

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 

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