Saturday, October 29, 2011

Barber Motorsports, Vintage Fest 2011: Part 3 WRAP UP!

Three days of cylcle-sensrory overload has taken weeks to process. If I could do it all over again - which I'm planning on doing next year, I would have made an itinerary so I could've seen more as I completely missed the Ace Cafe and the Wall Of Death, the auction results as well as many people who I simply never crossed paths with. Hind sight is 20/20.
George Roulson says hi to Michael lawless in the Paddock area. 
A nice Bonneville someone rode to the event.

A quick walk through the park over to the auction house, checking out other spectators rides along the way, snapped some pictures and then headed to the AMCA swap meet.

A well sorted Triton with alternator model pre unit .

An Ariel Square Four in a Norton Featherbed frame. Unusual special dubbed the Esquire.

1959 Norton ES2 in prime condition. 500 single,  street bike.
Over at the swap meet bargains were being had, trades being made and window shoppers like myself being dazzled. I was good, I only bought a license plate bracket for a triumph I'm restoring. NO NEW PROJECTS!

Check out the hole through the center down tube for the air filter. This would make a nice project...

BSA's feeble attempt to bring back the Gold Star. Too little too late. They went under a year later.

Nice patina on this original Ducati Sport

This still has the dealer stickers. A cool look into the history of the bike.

Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

The sport had nice clean Cafe style lines for a 70's production machine.

The handlebars can be low profile for speed, or raised for touring.

Twin Leading Shoes?

No, 4LS! Plenty of stopping power on this drum brake.

A bike I'd love to own someday.

1966 TT Special.

Matchless G80

Triumph Speed Twin 5T display motor.

Lots of billet! Dual carb race manifold, Oil cooler cross section, square pipe clamps, valve caps etc...

1957 DBD34 BSA with RRT gearbox. Needs work but could be  great racer!

Nice late 50's early 60's Jawa twingle (two exhaust one cylinder)

BSA's DKW engineered 2 stroke single.


Remember James' Rocket firing BSA from Thunderball?

This guy made an exact replica complete with missile control box behind the fairing.

It's only original once.

Very nice plunger framed BMW R series.

Cushman Scooter/Soda Vendor!

Moto Guzzi Dondolino 

Small displacement Excelsior project for the ambitious type.

Lots of triumph parts available. Side panels and oil tanks.

More Triumph parts!

This guy had the ultimate pre unit selection.

Very cool German NSU 2 stroke.

750 bucks & this claims to bore your cylinders accurately. Calling Mike from American Pickers!

Restored BSA dirt tracker with documented race history.

Look at the placement of the oil tank. I assume it works because it won races.
A well sorted pre unit Bonnie

The blue on blue period.

Another NSU project bike for sale.

Anyone know where I can find these seat clamps for MY Tiger cub?

mini Smiths.

A very well sorted Triumph T20 scrambler. Love it.
It was hard to leave on Sunday, but I had to catch a 4:30 flight back to Philly, so I left early. Sadly, I missed a lot of people and events. Next time I'm going down Thursday night to camp. Out of all the Vintage meets throughout the country, this has got to be the biggest and best. The staff were friendly, the park was beautiful, the attractions were spectacular and the amount of visual information was mind boggling. Thank you to George Barber for sharing his collection with the world and building such a top notch facility. See you next year.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Barber Motorsports, Vintage Fest 2011: Part 2-B

Jeez, this is getting drawn out. Please take a minute to read part 1 and part 2a to catch up on my adventure at Barber Vintage Fest. If you already have,  we left off with John Lawless, Michael lawless and myself  hanging around with Cook Neilson, Paul Smart and Jason DiSalvo at Barbers Ducati Parade lap of legends - a tribute to "Ducstock" which was being held on the premesis.

After spending an hour or two behind the museum, we went back in to examine George Barbers extensive collection.  I must admit I spent to much time ogling a few specific bikes, that I missed a bulk of the museums displays. A trip back is certainly in order this year.

Board-trackers on display on an actual wooden track.

1959 Tiger Cub, in touring trim w/ larger fuel tank and headlight nacelle.

1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175. Similar in style with the Ariel Leader.

Tangerine Dream. 2009 and 1959 Bonnevilles. 

Bikes stacked to the ceiling - quite literally.

In House, all aluminum fabrication - Proteus D (Jaguar D type replica)

Hundreds of bikes waiting for restoration is the museums basement.
70's Super Bikes up next for an overhaul.

In house fabrication of a Velocette tank. Demonstrations were given.

More in house fabrication. The facility is set up to build anything.

Good Friend Gary Fishers 74 BMW f-1 racer on the "Daytona Bowl"

The Daytona Line Up!

Jawa Ice Racer. The handlebar is bent to allow for the extreme leaning!

Check out the spikes on those tires!

Norton Black Shadow? Whats that duplex frame it's in?

The "Norvin" is quite possibly the ultimate cafe racer. 

51 or 52 Vincent v-twin motor in a Norton Featherbed Chasis.

Ultimate Combination or desecration of two of Britain's finest? Debatable.

perfect symmetry on this '38 Brough Superior. 

981cc 45 BHP at 5 grand, ya dig?

Lucas Magdyno provides the electrical requirements.

Beautiful Chrome tank. Flawless. (me getting artsy)

Jawa 350 GP two stroke water cooled light weight rocket!

The John Surtees Display. His race bike and car. MV Agusta and Ferrari.

John Surtess Matchless G50 special. Magnesium and titanium: 245lbs!

1975 Morbidelli 125 GP two stroke - 160mph!!!
A nice assortment of MV Agustas.

61 Harley KR750 Side Valve. Comprable to the Brit 500 OHV's in speed.
After a long session soaking in the cycles, I had to break away and get outside. The weather was 80 degrees and sunny and there was an AMCA swap meet calling my name. As a self proclaimed "hoarder" I couldn't wait to get my hands dirty in piles of old parts. Check back shortly for Part 3: The Swap Meet!