Fresh off his report from this weekend’s AMCA Sunshine meet, David N’s also got a recap of his time at the combined VMA/VJMC show in Eustis:
Greetings from the VMA Destination Eustis Motorcycle Show and VJMC Spring National Meet, held annually just before Bikeweek. I used to term this the VJMC Eustis show, but that was wrong. The swap meet is not run by the VJMC, but the VJMC does hold its Spring show here.
The VJMC piggy backs the VMA with its own National meet, so it’s truly a win-win. Yet, you don’t need to be a VMA member to purchase a swap meet space.
The VJMC show portion went on just the same as any year, but if the swap meet had a theme, it was “one man’s trash . . . is another man’s treasure.” There was some good stuff, but also a lot of junk!
There were plenty of rolling rough bikes, too rough to restore. I wondered if they were leftovers from Earl’s sale.
That said, there’s still plenty of reason to come. One vendor had a table of Harley-Davidson JD unobtanium cylinders, even a set of matching engine cases! That’s something one would not have expected here!
Past practice had the show running the full weekend, but for some reason, the days changed this time around. This year’s meet was advertised for Friday and Saturday. There was no show date on Sunday, which put it direct competition with the AMCA, and that hurt both shows.
I enjoyed both shows in past years as each show has their own niche. The AMCA was more for antique motorcycles and Eustis for modern vintage bikes but each had a good mix. That’s now all out the door. The shows overlap.
I’d rather not be forced to choose just one, there is too much to miss at each. Maybe next year they’ll go back to the weekend formula…here’s hoping.