Clubs and Vendors Promote Chicago Vintage Bike Show
Words and Photos: John Gunnell
In the center of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago, IL was a fairly large and very attractive display of vintage motorcycles, most of which were of British origin, with a few German, Italian and American bikes thrown in for good measure.
Representatives of several clubs and suppliers who deal in vintage bikes and parts for them were on hand to arrange the bikes and reach out to enthusiasts who were looking for information on older motorcycles. They included Mitch Klempf of Klempf’s British Parts in Dodge Center, Minn., Ed Zender of Morrie’s Place in Ringwood, Ill., and Robert and Yvette Goodpaster of Expert Cycle Works in Hobart, Ind.
We learned that the Motorcycle Center of Villa Park, Ill. would be hosting the 24th Annual Chicagoland Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Show on August 16, 2015. MCC deals in various brands of new Italian and British bikes and is teaming up with the Chicago Norton Owners Club to put on the event.
The vintage motorcycle buffs said that all makes and models of motorcycles and scooters that are a minimum of 25 years old would be eligible for the show. In model years, that means all 1990 and earlier two wheelers and includes both American bikes and imports.
We were told that registration for the show will start at 9 am on August 16 and awards will be presented at 2 pm. There will be a variety of different classes. Registration costs $10 per bike. Awards in all classes will be given out on the basis of popular choice voting. There is no admission fee for spectators.
Shown below: A vintage Triumph Bonneville 750; Norton racing bike; 1952 Triumph Thunderbird with Swallow side car; BMW with a side car