Early Notice – Motorcycle Charity Ride & Show June 20 2015

Yes, we know it is a long way off, but it appears American Iron Magazine (along with our other magazines – Motorcycle Bagger and Motorcycle Rides & Culture) will be actively involved in a wonderful motorcycle ride and bike show June 20, 2015 in the greater Minneapolis, MN area.

Details for The Patriot Ride are still being worked on, but we are honored to join Dennis Kirk and others to be part of this wonderful event next year.

Among the many other classes for motorcycles, there will be a special one for military themed motorcycles.

Special class for military motorcycles.

In addition to the organized charity ride, we will be helping on the bike show and plan to photograph one or more of the motorcycles for features in our magazines.

So, if you live near (or can get to) the greater Minneapolis, MN area in June and want to join the fun mark it in your calendar now.

AMA members receive 25 percent ticket discount on Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Want to see the hot trends in motorcycling for 2013 or find out what new models rev you up? What about gear tech and innovative add-ons that you — and your bike — can’t ride without?

You’ll find it all at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, where AMA members can save 25 percent on advanced adult one-day general admission tickets.

“We all love to ride, but the next-best thing just might be dreaming about riding, and there’s no better place to do that than surrounded by hundreds of the world’s coolest motorcycles at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows,” said AMA Director of Marketing and Communications Grant Parsons. “Even better, AMA members can get a special discount on tickets purchased online, one of the many AMA discounts that help our members save money.”

To take advantage of the discount, AMA members should buy their tickets at www.motorcycleshows.com and use the discount code available on the Members Discount Code page at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

This weekend’s show in Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 25-27, is followed by Novi, Mich., on Feb. 1-3, Chicago on Feb. 8-10, Indianapolis on Feb. 15-17 before the tour wraps up in Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 22-24.

New motorcycles and ATVs take center stage at the shows. With hundreds of the latest streetbikes, dirtbikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs for both new and experienced riders, the world’s largest traveling powersports event gives enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to check out the latest gear and aftermarket accessories.

“There is something for everyone at The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows,” said Brand Director Tigra Tsujikawa. “The Tour offers consumers a chance to check out new models from more than a dozen manufacturers and aftermarket parts and accessories. Additionally, attendees can check out the Podium — an interactive rider’s forum with industry experts, the J&P Custom Bike Show, the Pit Stop Challenge, the MotoGP Experience, the Marketplace for vendors, plus vintage club booths, the XDL Street Jam stunt riders, the Ducati Fashion Show and much more.”

Tsujikawa added: “I invite all AMA members to take advantage of this discount and come out and experience the most exciting two-wheeled event in the nation.”

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Motorcycles, Metallica, Zombies, and More

Had a great time recently at the Orion Music + More festival, hosted by heavy metal supergroup Metallica. The event took place in Atlantic City, NJ on June 23 & 24, featuring bands on four different stages playing everything from heavy metal to southern rock, topped off with a killer two hour plus performance each night by the host band.

Being a long time fan of Metallica, I’ve seen them several time over the years, this show was easily one of their best. But aside form them blowing the roof of the joint, the weekend long music + more fest offered lots in the way of entertainment, hence “more” in the name.

A cool and unique thing about this event and what kinda sets it apart from other weekend hangs, was that each member of Metallica had a tent set up on the fairgrounds showcasing interests aside form music. Lars had a rare movie display, Kirk tried to scare us all with his creepy movie memorabilia, Rob brought an X-game vibe to the party with pro skaters and surfers, but James Hetfeilds custom Hot-rod and Bike show was the draw for me.

On display were a bunch of cars and motorcycles from James’s personal collection. Man it’s nice to be a rock star, this guy has a collection of rat rods, show quality hot rods and a bitchen stable of bikes that put most I’ve seen to shame. Along with his collection were over a hundred other cars and bikes, with builders from all over the country.

Saw some familiar cars and bike while looking around. An old dodge pickup I saw on the streets of Portland Maine a couple years ago was on display, and I also bumped into Paul Cox who had a few bad-ass bikes in the show including AIM’s September cover bike. Actually got a pic of James sitting on the bike, pretty damn cool.

The weekend was a blast, and the first for Metallicas Orion Music + More event. These guys sure know how to throw a party, can’t wait for next years.

Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance Showcases Classic & Vintage Motorcycles

Westport, Conn., September 12, 2011.

Motorcycles are a key component to the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance and among the many ways the show continually differentiates itself from other similar events. The eighth annual concours, scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2011, in Westport, Conn., will spotlight important bikes from around the world with a varied exhibit of motorcycles spanning the past 100 years.

Buzz Kanter riding Selma, his 1915 Harley-Davidson

More than 20 motorcycles from the United States, Europe, and Asia will be displayed chronologically amid the cars to illustrate their parallel engineering and stylistic development. Each has its unique significance in its rarity, famed restoration, owner’s personal story, use as perhaps a board track or flat track racer, or tales of WWII having seen use by the German army or the 1937 Brough Superior being shown by Victor Olson having been hidden from the Nazis in Holland. Two 1915 Harley-Davidsons that competed in the 2010 pre-1916 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run from North Carolina to California will be on the show field with
Buzz Kanter might drive his in the Saturday, September 17 Fairfield County Concours Nutmeg Tour for Autism. A “barn find” 1928 Indian Scout will make its show debut after its 60-year hiatus in basement storage. A 1990 BMW K1 on view is a superb example of the marque’s superbike of the period.

Motorcycles will also be highlighted at the Bonhams Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance Exceptional Collectors’ Motorcars and Automobilia Auction on Sunday, September 18. Of special interest is “The Last Great Velo,” a 1969 Velocette Thruxton factory-built cafe racer that has been called the last of the great British
singles. Visit http://www.bonhams.com/usa/carsusafairfield/ for additional information.

The Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance showcases 200 extraordinary automobiles and motorcycles spanning the past 100 years and hosts Bonhams’ Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance Exceptional Collectors’ Motorcars and Automobilia Auction. The Concours d’Elegance show on Sunday, September 18 also highlights Chrysler Hemi-powered vehicles, CCCA Grand Classic 100 Point Winners, Porsche, Jaguar E-type, Woodies, Barn Finds, and Preservation Vehicles. Saturday, September 17 presents Car Club Day, Art + Automobilia exhibitors, Nutmeg Tour for Autism and Toast the Tour Reception, CCCA Grand Classic, and Bonhams Auction preview.

The Fairfield County Concours is grateful to its sponsors, which include Presenting Sponsor Porsche Cars North America, Tiffany & Co., Cadillac, Sports Car Market, Westport Resources, Bonhams, Moffly Media, Fairfield Motor Cars, Callari Auto Group, Miller Motorcars, Reliable Carriers, Rubin Worldwide, Gartner, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Meguiar’s, Hagerty Insurance, FIAT, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, Automotive Restorations Inc., American Iron Magazine, Roadbike Magazine, Vintage Rallies, Automotive Valuation Services, Monticello Motor Club,
Lime Rock Driver’s Club, The Delamar Hotel, Monticello Motor Club, Garage Style Magazine, Attitude Garage, Gieger’s Landscape Architects, Bringatrailer.com, and DBS Helicopters.

The event has raised more than $100,000 for The Drive to Treat Autism Fund supporting services for children and adolescents with developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders through St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services.

Visit the website, www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com.

Connecticut Concours Car & Motorcycle Show

Every year there is a wonderful event held here in Connecticut to celebrate classic and special cars and motorcycles called the Fairfield County Concours. This year it will be held September 17 and 18, 2011.

If you would like to submit one or more of your motorcycles for this event, the deadline for submission is June 11, and the judges need at least 2 photos (3/4 front and side angle photo) of the each vehicle as well as a description.

According to a recent release from the judging commitee: 

2011 Judging Procedures
Each vehicle entered into the main field or featured class at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance is eligible to win awards of four various types.

In addition to the popular choice ‘peer judged’ class awards the entrants vote on in their respective classes, the Hagerty’s Youth Judges choices and the People’s Choice award, the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance has a panel of judges noted for their experience and expertise in the collector car and motorcycle world who are responsible for the awarding of special awards.

This panel uses “French style” subjective judging. The vehicles on display are considered for awards on the basis of significance, style, originality, presentation and condition – in that order.

The guidelines they use in reviewing vehicles for the major weight of the score, the Subjective Evaluation, are as follows:

  1. Historic significance
  2. Innovation
  3. Timeless style
  4. Originality
  5. Provenance
  6. Visual appeal
  7. Suitability of color scheme

A bonus is given in the judging in case of a tie between cars and or motorcycles in a class to those which have participated in the Tour for Autism.

For more information on this car and motorcycle show please click here.

This year and in the past this event has been sponsored by American Iron Magazine and Classic American Iron Magazine.

2010 Indian Motorcycle Rally

The 2010 Indian Motorcycle Rally takes place July 17, 2010 10 AM – 4 PM at Hilltop Farm, 1608 Mapleton Ave., Rte 159, Suffield CT (1/2 mile south of MA line and Six Flags New England.)

See dozens of vintage Indians, plus the NEW Indians from Kings Mountain, NC, along with lots of food, vendors and entertainment.

Event Donation: Bikes $20 and Cars $25.

Hilltop Farm was built by George Hendee, co-creator of the Indian motorcycle and founder of Hendee Manufacturing Co., later renamed Indian Motorcycle Co., in nearby Springfield, Mass.

Between 1913 and 1925, George bought up 500 acres of farmland in Suffield, Conn., where he established a gentleman’s country estate including a 20,000 sq. ft. Colonial Revival dairy barn. In 1915, George retired to the farm and raised white leghorn chickens and prize-winning Guernsey cows.

A volunteer nonprofit organization formed in 2002, that is dedicated to preserving the barn, rehabilitating the property and creating a learning center where people can reconnect to the land.

The Indian Motorcycle Rally is one of the fundraisers held each year to raise money for this effort.

For more information about The 2010 Indian Motorcycle Rally Click Here.

To learn more about Hilltop Farm and George Hendee Click Here.

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WANTED: Classic Motorcycles For Connecticut Show

Classic Indian Motorcycle - 101 Scout

The Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance, which will be held on September 11 and 12, 2010, still has a few openings for well presented, unusual motorcycles to add to their field.

This event is held in Westport, CT, about an hour north of New York City.

For more information on submitting your motorcycle for consideration, please visit fairfieldcountyconcours.com.

Applications to enter close July 1, 2010.

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