Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 PVR Vintage Swap Meet and Bike Show

The Potomac Vintage Riders hosted their annual show at the York, Pa Fairgrounds on 
January 28th, 2018 the day after their Vintage Harescrambles Championship awards banquet. 
I wasn't able to be there for that but word has it their were many special guests on hand such as 
John and Jack Penton plus a host of other industry legends.


John Penton (seated) was one of the most influential figures in the development of
off-road motorcycle racing in America.

This show is hosted annually and has grow in size over the years. In fact this year they had to move into the newer and larger UTZ Arena building from the Memorial Hall location to handle the demand from both vendors and attendees.


Show goers scavenge the parking lot for good finds.


Word has it that this is the largest indoor vintage swap meet on the East Coast. 


Parts and complete bikes are available here. I've never seen so many rare bikes and offerings 
of hard to find parts and memorabilia in one place.


Click Here to find hard to find and reproduction parts for your vintage bike after the show.


Womens - WMX Pro Motocross racer Cheyenne McGuin was on hand signing autographs.

My favorite part of this show is just that - the Vintage Bike Show. Whether you grew up riding this stuff or not it is just a joy to look at. On top of that it is our heritage as motorcycle riders. If you're as old as me you know what I mean and if you're not please be thankful for this group of riders and machines because without them you wouldn't be riding what you are today.


One of my favorites at this years show - 1977 Can Am MX 3.
(see more great images like these by following the link at the end of the blog)


Yamaha Motor Corp. is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018 of the legendary DT-1.


This 1968 Yamaha DT -1 was a show stopper.


There was also some vintage street iron on display.
I'm sure many of us owned on or more of these, the Yamaha RD 350.


1972 National Trials Champ Jerry Young with his Rusty Triumph Cub.
This bike laid in Jerry's woods for 25 years.


Jerry was a factory GRM rider back in the day.

The bikes in the show are judged each year in different categories. There are many involved who go into the making of this show to help organize it and the bike owners who spend tireless hours and money getting their prize possessions back to original factory production form or some version of that. There are too many to name but thanks to you all. Below find the winners in this years show categories. 

2018 PVR Swap Meet / Bike Show Winners

Class 1 - Vintage Competition with Knobby Tires, Scott Rosenberger, Bultaco M135.

Class 2 - Vintage Competition no Knobby tires, Steve Dance, Triumph 650 TT.

Class 3 - Post Vintage Competition, Brett Friedel, 1988 Kawasaki KX500.

Class 4 - Vintage Mini or Moped, Tim Carter, 1971 Rupp Bandit.

Class 5 - Vintage Trailbike or Trials, Steve Dance, 1970 Penton Berkshire.

Class 6 - Vintage Street Stock, Keith Allen, 1973 Yamaha TX650.

Class 7 - Vintage Street Custom, Jamie Gilbert, 1972 Honda CB350.

Special Award #1 - Best Yamaha Enduro, Michael Pastore, 1970 DT1-C.

Special Award #2 - The Survivor, John Light, 1951 Vincent Rapide.

Esteemed Judge Ed Romecki of Tri-State Motorcycle Finishes.


People's Choice Award, Ray Donet - 1968 Bultaco Sherpa T. 

Well there you have it - its a wrap on another exciting off season show that's held every year about this time and at the same location. If you missed it please watch our pages for updates for next year's show and if you want to see more vintage bikes like these and the one below year round, you can check out the Broom Works museum in Baltimore , Md.


Click Here to get info on visiting the Broom Works factory.

Now here's the real deal. I love to look at this things but there are many who still love to go out and compete on them. See the flyer below for the PVR's 2018 schedule. If you have an old bike sitting around and want to have a real good time then check out this local race series.


Click Here to get more info on this great series.

Click Here to see more images from the event.


Click Here to see more great industry coverage.














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