Let’s all thank reader David N, who attended this AMCA National and was kind enough to get his thoughts together so we can all see what it was like!
The Antique Motorcycle Club of America held its third national meet this year, as it does every year, in Oley Pennsylvania. This year, it was held on April 24-25, but this particular meet has been ongoing for well over 30 years. Oley has grown to be one of the larger better shows and has a larger swap meet than most all regional bike shows. I try not to miss it.
The problem is, Oley is always held on the same weekend as Spring Carlisle. And Spring Carlisle has grown to become one of the largest classic car shows in the country. Carlisle now surpasses Hershey and also has a huge swap meet. There’s lots of stuff at Carlisle and motorcycles there too, Oh dear me!
Yes, there are plenty of bikes hidden at Spring Carlisle. I’m guessing folks just dust off their old bike with their old car parts, and try to get a nibble from someone with Spring fever, (that’s me). Fall Carlisle is not quite the same, not for bikes anyway, but Spring Carlisle is the bomb!So this year, I tried to hit both shows but I ended up staying in Carlisle because I got side-tracked there. This old Moto-Guzzi V7 (shown above) sidetracked me. And my friend found a Bultaco Sherpa S. By the time I got to Oley, it was raining, so I missed opening day.
I returned to Oley on Saturday, which used to be a main event day. Then, judging was on Sunday, so most folks stayed at least through early Sunday morning. Now they switched judging to Saturday and most folks bail by early afternoon. I did not know this and I got there at 2:00pm Saturday, too late. By then, half the vendors were gone. That sucked. The moral of the story is, get to Oley Thursday!This (above) is a Bobcat Golf Bag Moto Scooter, built in the early 60s, these were designed to caddy a golf bag and one person. According to this article in the LA times (http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fi-scooters_bobcat_1960_golf-photo.html) there are just 5 known to survive. I saw two of them, one at Carlisle and another at Oley! This one was at Oley.
A 1981 HD Heritage Edition shovelhead FLH is rare enough, but I’ve never seen one with a matching edition sidecar. Does the theme lose some of its vintage flavor with a fiberglass rather than metal sidecar?
Not to disparage those folks at Hanlon in Minnesota, this is a real Excelsior, said to have won first or second in its class. I don’t know if it’s a Big X or Super X but I love the patina! Honey, step aside, I need to get closer here!
As the show was winding down, folks said “come to Rhinebeck!’ That’s the AMCA show in New York State. They said it has even more variety there, so my gosh! Let’s go! Let this incomplete report be a bit of a tease, yes there was more to see at Oley and I missed it. So with the tease here, I encourage readers to go to Rhinebeck. The Rhinebeck show is this weekend. I can’t make it. Maybe someone can report on it.