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LeMay car museum hosts vintage-motorcycle show

Riders of pre-1981 bikes could take part in a number of festival events | LeMay

Riders of pre-1981 bikes could take part in a number of festival events | LeMay

More than 300 classic motorcycles and scooters showed up for the third annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

Known simply as The Meet, the festival attracted owners of pre-1981 bikes from across the U.S. and Canada. Besides the judged show, the gathering included a special display of antique motorcycles, swap meet, cruise-in and a 78-mile tour from LeMay to Mt. Rainier and back.

A 1969 BMW R695 Sidecar won best of show | LeMay

A 1969 BMW R695 Sidecar won best of show | LeMay

“This Meet shows just how strong the motorcycle enthusiast community is,” said Burt Richmond, chairman of the Vintage Motorcycle Festival. “We have created a world-class event for riders and their families that grows every year and proves ACM is much more than just another car museum.”

The show included awards for U.S., European and Japanese motorcycles and scooters, with a 1969 BMW R695 Sidecar taking the Hagerty Best of Show award.

“Among a field of top-notch entries, this 1969 BMW R695 Sidecar clearly stood out from the pack,” Richmond said. “It is a vintage bike that epitomizes style and class.”

The Meet is one of five annual events at the LeMay museum, including the Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance on September 7, the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala, Cars & Cigars and the new “Drive Away the Blues” beach-themed party scheduled for February 2015.

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About the Author:

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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