A beautiful day in northeast Florida greeted us as we made our way to our favorite coffee house on the island; Amelia Island Coffee. Enjoying a cappuccino as we look out over the harbor, we are excited about spending the day at the Riding Into History Concours d’Elegance in St. Augustine.
History Lesson: St. Augustine, FL
St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European established settlement within the Continental U.S. With the established presence of Spanish explorers claiming Florida for Spain, St. Augustine was then founded in 1565. Over the centuries, St. Augustine saw as many as six different flags flying over Fort Matanzas: Spain, Britain, Spain again, United States, Confederate States of America (Civil War period), and finally and permanently, United States.
This weekend, many flags are flying over St. Augustine, but this time denoting the country of origin of the many beautiful vintage bikes on display at the World Golf Village and Hall of Fame.
This venue is absolutely beautiful. A large lake sits in the middle of the property with a concrete boardwalk around the perimeter. Upon this boardwalk are hundreds of vintage motorcycles lined up by class, year and marque. The walk around the lake is approximately one mile. That’s one mile of tightly packed vintage bikes! Awesome!
Vintage motorbikes line the entire perimeter of this lake
Arriving at the World Golf Village, we were astounded by the sheer number of motorcycles. It was mind bending. So, we started our perusement of the moto eye candy right in front of the Caddyshack Grill (a great place for lunch-highly recommended) and started snapping away.
NORTON COMMANDO AD
By now we were hungry and thirsty, and still had only walked half the boardwalk! Lunch at the Caddyshack Grill was exceptional. Beautiful ambience: dark wood interior, golf theme decor, both current and historical, nicely done. Service was wonderful considering the number of bikers invading, the food was very good and the beer refreshing. It was a pretty warm day. Satiated and satisfied, we ventured outside for round two of Riding into History.
SCOOTERS & MINIBIKES
(And yes. those minibikes are way cool!)
THE ROYAL TRIUMPH
RACER’S ROW- MV AUGUSTA
HONDA HAD A HUGE PRESENCE
You know there’s nothing new under the sun, right? I know that too. But, here I am one month after buying my NC700XD automatic/manual transmission bike, thinking I’m the cat’s meow with new tranny technology, when this comes into view:
NOTICE ANYTHING MISSING? RIGHT. NO CLUTCH LEVER.
I THOUGHT THIS WAS ONLY ON HONDA CARS OF THE ERA………….
THE ENTIRE BIKE- 1983 HONDA 750 FOUR AUTOMATIC
Nothing new under the sun.
GOT A FLAT TIRE? NO WORRIES. THROW ON THE SPARE!
Many years ago I was an avid bicyclist and decent club racer. I had an insatiable appetite for bicycles both modern and vintage, just as I do with motorcycles and automobiles today. Many motorcyclists are also bicyclists, and if that describes you, here is a section of interest:
If you live in the South, as we do, college football is king. Roo and I, and apparently the gentleman who owns this bike, are Florida Gator fans/alum. However, we don’t go to such extremes…………….. Go Gators!
FLORIDA GATOR BIKE
Now that’s a BMW I can live with! But, this Ducati in Gator colors would look great in the garage:
I GUESS YOU CAN TELL I LIKE TANK BADGES………….
A BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED AND RARE EXCELSIOR HENDERSON
THE PERFECT FLORIDA BIKE: AQUA BLUE AND A SEAHORSE. VERY COOL!
And so, after a few hours and having circled the perimeter (me twice, faster the second time around), it was time to head back to Amelia Island to meet up with a friend, a couple of beers, and dinner.
This was an exceptional show, held the third weekend each May. Do see it if you can. You won’t be disappointed.