Grass Track Racing in the UK – Part 2

Part 2: Harley-Davidson enters my life Harley Davidson were having problems marketing their entry into motocross during the late 70’s. They produced a 250 two-stroke, designated the MX250. This was Italian, designed by Aermacchi. The project started well, winning the 1975 Baja 500, and having the most powerful engine (barring the Can Am 250) of […]

Grass Track Racing and A Harley MX250 – Part 1

motorcycle grass track racing

The Accident Waiting to Happen A brief history and description What is Motorcycle Grass Track Racing? Dubbed as “an accident looking for a place tohappen,” the sport evolved in the late 1920’s, with the abolition of racing on the publichighway in the UK. Like scrambling (motor x, as we call it) it moved from the […]

2nd Annual Vintage Motorbike Day at the AACA Museum, Hershey

Vintage Motorbike Day AACA

Saturday, June 11th was the second running of the new “Motorbike Day” at the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, PA.  The museum has, in the past decade, become much more of a recognized location for vintage motorcyclists, and has been featuring excellent motorbike exhibits, beginning with 2009’s joint AMCA/AACA Fast from […]

Of Rare Orange Bikes and Wondrous Barn Finds

Harley-Davidson MX250

Our good friend Pete Noneman—who you may know from his work supporting the Legends and Heroes program—was recently fortunate to avoid the northern cold for a bit and be in Daytona, Florida. Pete attended the 4th annual Daytona vintage motocross, run inside the famous stadium. Besides the usual mixture of interesting motorcycles, Pete is one […]

Combat Wombat Restoration Project

Hodaka restoration

Part 2: Combat Time If you haven’t read Part 1 of our series, where, as mostly Maico restoration guys, we ‘Enter the Combat’ zone with equal parts excitement and trepidation, you can read the first installment HERE. Planning “A little planning never hurt anyone.” I don’t know whether it was the US military or my […]

Hershey 2021

Preparations started months—years—before, of course. There were discussions with local government and corporations, evening phone calls, maps and diagrams, disagreements, more phone calls. Retired club members worked out the plan with busy younger members—who later enlisted even younger volunteers to help with the grunt work, as well. Thousands of theoretical little two-dimensional squares on paper […]

Back to New Jersey: Nesco 2021

Hammonton, NJ

Recently I’ve encountered many grateful motor enthusiasts from the Northeast area. They recognize how fortunate we are, not only to be finally post-COVID, but to be in such an epicenter of vintage motoring activity. After all, (and especially if you’re in the southeastern PA area, as we are) we’ve got the The Big One—the Fall […]

Vintage Motorcycle Days 2021: Back to Normal

Vintage Motorcycle Days 2016

After 2020’s COVID-induced cancellation of VMD, we were back to Lexington, Ohio for 2021 to enjoy the biggest non-Harley vintage bike and swap meet gathering—to my knowledge—in the United States. Although now rivaled by the Barber Vintage Festival, VMD is still the king of all-around old bike events. Here’s a walk through the event, as […]

Restoration Project: Hodaka “Combat Wombat”

Restoration Project: Hodaka "Combat Wombat"

Hodakas incorporated competition-proven frame geometry, while at the same time attending to required street-legal equipment—though with minimalist (lighter weight) treatment. Built from 1964 through PABATCO’s demise in 1977, Hodakas were loved, at least initially, by the press and the riding public—possibly for relating to buyers as riders rather than simply customers—and filled a role in motorcycling not unlike American Motors Corporation in the automotive world: a small energetic competitor nipping at the heels of a sometimes deaf and monolithic establishment.

There’s a Club for that:

AMCA's Perkiomen Chapter Annual Oley Meeting

Up front, let me state that from nearly any direction you arrive from, to reach the small town of Oley, the ride will almost certainly be beautiful. The old villages of southeastern Pennsylvania, settled by German immigrants in the early 1700s, contain surviving period stone houses and original hardwood barns that continue to be studied by historians and sociologists