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38th BBC Rally and Ride-in Show Celebrates the Need for Speed Written By: Gary Ilminen- Wisconsin

Written by  September 1, 2018

Modern retro class bikes:  This line-up of bikes in the BBC’s Modern Retro class is only a part of the bike show on Saturday.

Wisconsin’s British Biker Cooperative (BBC http://www.britishbiker.net/ ) has its home base in Milwaukee but the passion of the membership is not the Brew-town iconic brand Harley-Davidson (though some of them own Harleys as well as their British machines). Rather, BBC members focus on British brands and in the group’s 38th Annual Rally and Ride-in Show, held July 20-22, celebration of competition achievements of British bikes was the theme.

The Rally program booklet set the tone for the event with an image of the famous “Devil’s Arrow” Triumph-powered streamliner that set a world land speed record at Bonneville in 1955 at 193.72 mph with Johnny Allen at the controls. The following year, Allen and friends were back at Bonneville with an upgraded version of the streamliner that came to be known as the “Texas Ceegar.” On that occasion, they pushed the record to 214.40 mph.

While there weren’t any land speed racing machines on hand at the rally, there were some beautiful examples of classic British speed machines. The most impressive was BBC President, Dave Spanjar’s all-business vintage Triumph road racing machine.

With support from the membership of the BBC, in the Midwest Region Spanjar has finished 1st in the Classic 60's 650 class and 2nd in Sportsman 500 class. He has been ranked 4th on the 650 and 6th on the 500 nationally. Of course, racing motorcycles has its ups and downs like racing anything else, but Spanjar has proven he knows how to build British bikes for speed and they look extremely cool, to boot.

The BBC Rally is a relatively compact event, but even at that it drew enough attendees to pretty much fill up the bluff-top campground. The setting for the Rally is Eagle Cave Resort, near Blue River, WI. The facility is fully equipped and sits smack-dab in the middle of some of the best back-road motorcycling in the country.

The roads are nicely paved, curvy and with lots of changes in elevation with scenery that makes you want to slow down and take in the view. With bike games, music and movies on Friday, Team Power (Triumph and Royal Enfield) demo rides, poker run, bike show, product booth and tent party on Saturday, there was plenty going on for anybody not already out on the road.

The BBC Rally and Ride-in show happens every July, so mark your calendar and check out the BBC website for details about membership, the rally and more.

BBC 2018 Bill Pluess BSA Trail Blazer 250Bill Pluess’ Triumph 250 Trail Blazer:  Bill Pluess’ beautiful Triumph 250 Trail Blazer is not all show and no go—in the 2009 AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championship it was ridden to second place.

 BBC 2018 Mike Cranes 1927 TarrotMike Crane's 1927 Tarrot:  Vintage and classic bikes are a big part of BBC Rally festivities.  Mike Crane’s unrestored 1927 Tarrot started and ran like new!

Dave Spanjars Triumph racing bikeDave Spanjar’s Triumph Racing bike: BBC Prez, Dave Spanjar displayed his vintage Triumph racing bike that competes as well as it looks.

Team Triumph at BBC RallyTeam Triumph at BBC:  Team Power (Team Triumph) was on hand with bikes for demo rides including Triumphs and the new Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure model.

 BBC 2018 Electric Eye Neon amazing art Electric Eye Neon was one of the vendors present at the BBC Rally. The spectacular custom-made neon image of the Devil's Arrow at the top was the grand door prize for the event.