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5th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show - Lawrence, Kansas

Written by  March 10, 2014

This year’s vintage motorcycle show took place on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Building 21 of the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve come to the conclusion that for some reason, the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America really likes holding their bike shows on Superbowl Sunday.

Since the game didn’t start until later that evening, it didn’t seem to hurt the attendance, because the place was packed as usual. I have to say that this annual event is certainly one of the best vintage motorcycle displays around.

 

It’s amazing how many vintage motorcycle collectors there are in the Kansas City and surrounding area, and having a bike show in the middle of the winter helps spread things out so we have at least a couple really good vintage motorcycle shows to check out each year. Every summer we attend the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Show at the downtown airport, but unfortunately, there is no longer a Ralph Wayne’s Vintage Backyard Nationals that used to take place in Ralph’s backyard.

As you enter the building, you’re greeted by an impressive display constructed by the Antique Motorcycle Club. The display theme this year was “Racers and Vintage Racing,” which included vintage flat tracks and hill climbers. Admission was only $5 for adults, kids 12 and under got in free, as did AMCA members and military in uniform. To the left of the entrance was a huge table displaying row after row of bike show awards, which is always quite impressive.

Once Stripe and I got inside, we were like kids in a candy store. We weren’t sure whether to go right, or head left to check out the swap meet vendors whose tables ran the entire length of the building. In addition to the swap meet tables, there were several vendor booths including those promoting the Kansas Motorcycle Museum and the Dodge City 300 Centennial celebration to be held in July. Stripe lived in Dodge City, Kansas for years, so this event is very close to his heart…and home.

Upon entering, you’re also given a door prize drawing ticket and People’s Choice Ballots so you can cast votes for your favorite bikes in one of 12 categories: American (100 Series), American (500 Series), British (200 Series), British (600 Series). European (300 Series), European (700 Series), Asian (400 Series), Asian (800) Series, Special Interest, Café’ Racer, Special Racer and Best in Show.

As we made our way throughout the show, we ran into several people we knew, including Ben Schmitt Attorney at Law with Schmitt Mulhern, LLC, who is one of our newest advertising partners, Radar with Bad Seed Motorcycle Company, and many others. We also visited with Ralph Wayne, Marty Finley, and one of our Cycle Connections team members Wally LaFond, who was there with his brother Mark, displaying one of the latest bikes he’d restored; which is a very sharp looking gold Honda Trail 70.

As we walked around it was great seeing so many familiar faces, who were enjoying the wonderful display of bikes. It was also nice catching up with seasonal riding buddies who haven’t seen each other since last fall when the weather turned nasty. Although it wasn’t a huge show, with slightly fewer bikes than the previous year, attendance was very good. This show always creates a very fun and cozy environment, which has the look and feel of a large family reunion of vintage motorcycle lovers.

Jim Sneegas, president of the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, and his fellow chapter members did a great job putting on another great show this year, and I’m already looking forward to next year!

Photos by Mike Schweder , Stripe, and the award presentation photos were provided by Jim Sneegas.

Mike Schweder

Editor-in-Chief - Kansas City, MO

Mike is the original founder of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He has been riding for over 40 years, belongs to several local and national motorcycle organizations and travels to numerous rallies and events throughout the US each year. Mike has been a writer and editor for many years and has a passion for sharing his motorcycling experiences and stories with you. Contact Mike at mikes@cycleconnections.com