Tucson loves anything on two wheels and motorcycles are no exception. Sunday, April 27th marks the 5th Annual Tucson Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap meet. Held at Barrio Brewing at 800 E. 16th St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event features a swap meet where enthusiasts can buy and sell vintage parts and a judging of vintage motorcycles. The motorcycles will be judged in the following classes: British (1956 – 1980), Italian (1956 – 1980), German (1956 – 1980), Japanese (1956 – 1980), Scooter (1956 – 1980), Antique (1955/prior), Modern Classic (1981–present), 250cc & under, Grand Champion, Cafe/Custom, Vintage Knobbies and Vintage Freakshow.
The show is a unique opportunity to see some truly rare and unusual motorcycles. Enthusiasts come from all over the state to participate in the show. “We are a group of folks who just really love old bikes, “says Mik White, one of the event organizers. “We meet every other Wednesday at Barrio Brewing and anybody who appreciates motorcycles is welcome.” So many rare and unusual motorcycles made appearances at the bi-monthly bike night that the group started the show to give owners a place to show off these classic gems. “We try to make this show about the bikes that are not represented at the traditional Harley Davidson gathering. In fact, we hope this show is the opposite of that, a family gathering with a few local vendors and a used parts swap meet.”
In the past the show has seen a 1916 Indian, a Norvin- Norton Vincent hybrid, a BSA Gold Star even a BMW Isetta. “Often the motorcycles that show up are the sorts of things you wouldn’t normally see outside of a museum. To see the care and attention that goes into fixing up and maintaining these motorcycles is inspiring,” says White. To show off some of the classics, The Vintage Motorcycle Riders worked with local photographer, Balfour Walker to shoot a vintage motorcycle calendar featuring models from the community dressed as pin up girls. Several of the pinup girls will be at Sunday’s event.
Admission to the event is free, but there is a $5 Bike entry registration free for those wishing to enter motorcycles in the judging. Judging ends at 1:00pm with awards being presented at 2pm. A limited number of swap spaces are still available for $20 each. In addition to being a motorcycle enthusiast, Mik White is a managing partner of Local First AZ member, Habitation Realty.
The TVMR will be donating a portion of the event proceeds to Local First. “We are all about local,” says White. “Many of our other sponsors are local businesses, AEROGRAPHIX Custom Paint, British Car Service, Carlson’s Creations Custom Motorcycle Painting, Italian Iron Classics and North American Powder Coating & Sand Blasting. We drink local beer and we have a really unique local community of riders here in Tucson.” To learn more about the event, or reserve a swap space, please contact Mik White at 245-2693 or visit the group at the TVMR website.