It’s Been a Vintage Kind of Year!

It has indeed! We started our vintage bike rally “groupie” travels in April, with a run up to Hendersonville, North Carolina, for the Motorcycle Meltdown Vintage & Cafe Racer bike show. This is our favorite, down home, grass-roots vintage show. Next, we headed to the Sunshine State in May, to the World Golf Village and the most excellent 2017 Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance in Saint Augustine, Florida. Finally, just last month, we wound up in the small, rural South Carolina town of Chesnee for the Antique Bikes on Main Vintage Show and Wall of Death!

There were lots of restored and unrestored bikes on display. There seems to be a small movement in both bike and car restoration towards leaving vehicles in their original condition, or “as is”, doing just enough work to get them in running and driveable condition. Seeing some of these bikes in worn condition was pretty fascinating.

A few photos from Main St.

Even a separate section for vintage race bikes!

This is a nice, small town, vintage show that just a few years ago was a show out for one percenter groups (or wannabes). Now, riders and non-riders, cruisers to sport bikes to scooters, kids and dogs, all come to enjoy old bikes, food, vendors, and amusement rides. A nice family show that is close to home.

Next Post: The Wall of Death!

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4 thoughts on “It’s Been a Vintage Kind of Year!

  1. Ah, Chesnee South Carolina – many of my Motormaid friends were just up there. The town showed a lot of respect for this group of women riders and the women deeply love the town in return.

  2. I know that it’s not everyone’s taste, but I really like those 1980’s Moto Guzzi V50’s. I remember riding one back in the day when they were new, loved it then, still do now. Depending on your viewpoint, they are either the smartest compact V twin ever, or an underpowered overpriced example of Italian indulgence!

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