Vintage Rally 2013, the National Motorcycle Museum’s annual event showcasing new exhibits, motorcycling heroes, a swap meet, two bike shows and a vintage ride is scheduled for June 8-9 in Anamosa, Iowa. While the Museum in its new location holds over 400 motorcycles from Ariel to Zundapp and thousands of great pieces of art and memorabilia, the bike shows at the third annual Vintage Rally weekend bring even more fine machines for review.
Be part of the dedication of the new Allstate Motorcycle Dirt Track Heroes exhibit and take in over 20 great Grand National Championship dirt track racers plus steel shoes, helmets, leathers, photos, posters and vintage dirt track film footage. Scooters from around the world will be featured in the new Scooters! exhibit along with related artwork. You’ll also be able to check out new additions to the National Motorcycle Museum’s international collection of motorcycles that is always changing and expanding.
Dirt track racers, tuners and other Hall of Fame inductees like Bobby Hill, John Tibben, Dick Klamfoth, Mike Wilson and Bill Tuman will be on hand to sign autographs and tell you their interesting stories. Listen to characters from racing’s past, racers, tuners and collectors during the entertaining and informative panel discussion. Evel Knievel’s bike painter, George Sedlak will talk about his Wrecking Crew painting and his experiences with Knievel. Dirt track racing artist Melva Murphy will be on hand to talk about her colorful pro racing paintings from the ‘70s. Meet and talk with author and two-time Cannonball Endurance rider Cris Simmons.
Saturday’s Bike Show judging will result in nearly 40 awards for owners of the best machines, including best original unrestored bikes for the Preservation Award. Enter your vintage bike, street, competition, custom, even mini, 1988 or earlier in the bike show; Dirt Track Racers and Scooters will be featured. Bike show awards are sponsored by Motorcycle Classics magazine. Got a nice cafe racer? The Ace Cafe, London will sponsor the special ACE Cafe Racer Award during the bike show.
Walk the swap meet and pick up parts for your projects or add to your memorabilia collection. Or reserve your own swap meet space if you need to trim your collection. And you can sign up for the Sunday morning vintage motorcycle ride and lunch hosted by Motorcycle Classics magazine.
Mark your calendar and plan to attend June 8 and June 9. Watch the National Motorcycle Museum website at www.nationalmcmuseum.org for entry forms, further event details, the activities schedule and lodging information as they are finalized. If you need more information, call the National Motorcycle Museum at 319/462-3925.