Vintage bikes go big in the States

By Bertie Simmonds, 25 January 2013
Classics popular in America
Classics popular in America

Our US cousins can’t get enough of classics: the second annual vintage motorcycle festival is set to go ahead at the famous LeMay American Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington on August 24-25 this year...

The Vintage Motorcycle Festival is one of the signature events at the 165,000sq ft museum and will feature motorcycles from many famous makers including BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Norton, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, BSA, Indian, Vespa and many Italian marques from bygone eras.

The inaugural event in 2012 attracted more than 200 motorcycles and 2000 enthusiasts: Best in Show was won by a 1963 Norton Atlas owned by Ron Rumbolz, which is now on display at the museum.

“Last year’s event was a great success, and we’re planning to build on that momentum with an even bigger show this year and beyond,” said David Madeira, ACM president and CEO. “America loves motorcycles, and we want the Vintage Motorcycle Festival to be the top bike weekend in the Pacific Northwest, drawing passionate motorcycle fans and aficionados from all over the region. Last year we had several entrants from across the border in British Columbia and a slew from Oregon. We are looking forward to seeing our friends from Idaho, California and beyond join us next August.”

Like last year, the 2013 Vintage Motorcycle Festival will include judged classes and awards, a swap meet, motorcycle demonstrations, panel discussions and live music. On Sunday, a ride to Vashon Island will take place, coordinated by the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club. For more information, visit

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