Vintage Motorcycles at 2014 Festivals of SpeedOne of the country’s premier celebrations of vintage and contemporary vehicles, combined with the best in luxury lifestyle, Festivals of Speed, returns to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Eustis, Fla., on March 7 and 8, 2014.
Rare motorcycle finds will cross the auction block, including the one-and-only “Fonzie’s motorcycle,” used on the popular TV show, “Happy Days.” The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom comes from the Leda Page Collection.Two other notable motorcycles include a 1934 Brough Superior 1150, complete with a rare 1938 Grand Alpine Sport Petrol Tube Side Car Cruise Body and a 1938 Brough Superior SS-100. Early estimates show that each of these extremely rare and unusual motorcycles could bring over a quarter million dollars.A 1918 Harley Davidson 18-J Electric, equipped with the original factory sidecar and electrical lighting, will also cross the auction block. This unique and family-owned motorcycle is in original condition and has a 1000cc V-Twin engine that tops speeds at 60 mph.The event kicks off on Thursday, March 6 with an auction preview in the Omni Ballrooms from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. On Friday, March 7, the Omni Ballrooms are open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and will be available for guests to visit with lifestyle vendors and view various vendors.The Amelia Island Luxury Lifestyle Ballroom Reception takes place from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday evening and all Concour registered bidders and participants are invited.“We’re extending an invitation to anyone on the island participating in the Concour to take part in our Luxury Lifestyle Ballroom Reception,” said Mike Flynn, Festivals of Speed Auction promoter. “This will be a great event celebrating European exotics, American classics and other one-off vehicles, as well as the opportunity to network with other enthusiasts.”On Saturday, March 8, the Festivals of Speed Motorsports Display will be held on the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s ninth fairway, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Omni Ballrooms will open at 10 a.m. for a preview of all auction vehicles. The Amelia Island Select Motorcars & More Auction takes place inside the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Ballrooms from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.“There will be a shuttle service that goes everywhere on the island, from the Ritz-Carlton to the Omni and everywhere between,” said Flynn. “Small 24-passenger white busses will circle the island to make it convenient for those attending any event on the island to also attend the Festivals of Speed.”For further information and tickets, visit www.festivalsofspeed.com. Tickets are also available on the day of the show. For a line listing of auction vehicles, contact Hollywood Auctions at 1-800-237-8954 or visit: http://www.ameliaislandselect.com.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!