Magic at Bonneville
Arguably there has never been a more dramatic motorcycling photograph than that of Rollie Free at Bonneville, riding to immortality at over 150 mph. The man with "nerves of steel" was wearing nothing but a bathing suit, a small helmet, a pair of borrowed (and too-long) tennis shoes-and presumably a diabolically determined expression. Nerves of steel or not, was the man just insane?
2009 Concours d’Elegance
Late night talk show host, Jay Leno, is well known for his insatiable fascination of cars and motorcycles. His first foray into motorized vehicles was as a teenager on an old mini-bike. Much to the horror of his mother he took off on his maiden voyage across a rutted field next to the family home, being bounced around on the rigid frame, feet off the pegs, dirt in his teeth. It was true love.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) will celebrate 85 years of protecting and promoting motorcycling this July 24-26 during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and one must-see event will be the AMA 85th Parade on Saturday, July 25. The moving timeline of motorcycle history will showcase bikes from 1924 to today.
Led by Grand Marshal Don Emde, the vintage bike column will lead off with a 1924 Harley-Davidson JDCA, ridden by owner and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Buzz Kanter.