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Saturday, March 30, 2013

2013 AACME Vintage Motorcycle Show

1939 Crocker Special
The annual event put on by the Arizona Antique &  Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts has come
and gone again. Entries seemed to be down by a significant amount even as the swap meet appeared to be more filled out than last year.  I have no idea how they promote their event but if I didn't know about I'd certainly never hear about it.

It is interesting to see how the quantity and mix at the swap meet part of the event tracks with the economy.  The last three years or so the items offered were off smaller items, junkier, and with fewer complete bikes for sale.  This year there were more bikes for sale and of a higher quality but there were more Japanese motorcross bikes and a few Bultacos and a seemingly smaller number of Harleys. 

Anyway, I was there with my trusty new camera and had a fine time.  Old bikes, sunshine, and a new camera made it impossible not have a fine time.   There were some very fine bikes in the show but fewer of them, especially in the true antiques.  I always love to see the old board track racers and this year there were none.   Custom vintage bikes seem to have slipped in the door and the stuff in the parking lot was about as interesting as the bikes entered in the show.

Here's a selection of photos from the day via the new Nikon D600:

 1954 Triumph bobber

 1953 Anker JLO 250cc.  My Brit friend Simon said it was originally built by William Anker but he was persuaded to not call it the W.Anker.  There's Brit humour for you.

Hat on a Harley

1954 BSA Road Rocket

1964 Triumph bobber

1964 Triumph bobber rear fender

Vintage bike, vintage rider.

I'm liking the new camera a lot.  It's giving me everything I hope for and more.  Some model airplane photos I shot at a contest back in January, my first real outing with it, are in the March issue of Flying Models Magazine and one will appear in the June issue of Model Aviation.

 The rest of the photos from the vintage day are here.  Click!


Trobairitz said...

It may have been a smaller turn out but it looks like some pretty nice bikes.

Beautiful photos. So clear and crisp. Nicely done.

Thanks for the flickr link too. It was good to see all the different bikes and different shots of these ones too.

Our vintage show is usually in may and rumor has it they aren't holding it this year. It is on their calendar though so I am crossing my fingers.

Jac Brown said...

The photos are great, but its not all the camera. You still have a great eye (who knows, maybe two).

Another interesting sign of the economy thru motorcycles. The local BMW dealer sold 5 bike in one Friday! The economy is definitely coming back.

Finally, a local biker friend can't stand the term "bobber". He has been in the motorcycle world for 50 years and says he never heard the word until 10 years ago. He considers bobber a made up, poser word. I wasn't around in those days, so I can't argue with him.

D. Brent Miller said...

Nice photos, Doug. AND, congrats on the published photos. That's a testament to your skills. --Brent

Doug Klassen said...

Thanks for the comments, guys.

Jac, when I was 16 I worked with an older guy (probably 40s) who rode a bobbed Indian Scout. He called it a "bob job", bob being a very old term for chopping something short. The "Flapper" girls of the Roaring 20's were known for their close cropped or "bobbed" hair.

Later, a bike with it's front fender cut or removed and the rear one chopped short was said to have bobbed fenders. I think it's fair that the term has evolved into bobber.

That said, the bobber culture seems rife with posers who think a rattle can paint job, worn out metalflake helmet, dirt jeans, and two days growth of beard is the new uniform for real riders. They are as much posers as the guy wearing squeaky clean leathers on a billet barge Harley.

Unknown said...


Nice photos but it's not the camera, it's your vision and the camera is just another image making tool.

Lately I've been surrounded by Nikon D600's. I was with Wayne on Sunday and he was shooting with his D600, using his new FX zoom lens.

When the economy first melted down, people were selling their discards, and duplicates. Now they are forced to sell their more prime machines. Same thing is happening in the car world

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