The Fort Sutter Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America made a strong showing at the 2013 Sacramento International Auto Show. I had the pleasure of attending the event with my Euro-car freak daughter who was bent on getting her fix of Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and anything else built east of the Atlantic Ocean. She graciously accommodated me to the motorcycle building and pretended to be interested in the vintage and antique two-wheelers.
Fort Sutter did indeed make a strong showing, as there was a nice variety of Ariels, Harleys, Triumphs and some nice pre-WWII bikes you’ve never heard of. Approximately 30 bikes in all, plus a very interesting collection of photos and racing paraphernalia presented on large easels to showcase some of the club’s history in the Sacramento region. Club President, Richard Hardmeyer, was on premises and regaled us in some of the bikes’ histories and owners, as well as providing information about the club and membership itself. Essentially, a bike must be 35 years or older to be eligible for club membership, so bikes built in 1978 or earlier are presently eligible. (Dangit – I no longer have the ’78 Honda Hawk!) Hardmeyer said many of the Euro and Asian bikes from that era are very affordable and it keeps the door open for younger, less affluent enthusiasts to get started into motorcycle restorations.
Fort Sutter also has their national meet at the Dixon fairgrounds every year and I had the privilege of attending in 2011. It was an event of such quality and variety that I had to break the article (see it here) into multiple parts to do it any justice. Look for next year’s event in June, 2014.
This writer/rider had never before attended the Sac Auto Show, being as the products on display have too many wheels to be of interest to me. But the inclusion of antique motorcycles was enough to draw me in and I did end up enjoying the car show, over all. Though there was a smattering of customs and collectibles (love those Thunderbirds!), it’s mostly a showcase for new cars. I do recommend attending it next year if you’re in the market for a new car, truck, SUV or even an RV.
Until next time, stay tuned and upright,