2015 Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle AuctionThis year’s MidAmerica 24th Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction by Mecum will bring in a record number of classic and vintage motorcycles.
The three-day event, which is slated for Jan. 8-10 at the South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall, will feature a full century of production classics from 1903 to 2003.No less than 10 private collections will be on the block, including one featuring 40 motorcycles from the iconic Shane Van Belt Collection. Most of these will be offered at no reserve along with a personal collection of motorcycles by Don Andress – owner of Las Vegas Harley-Davidson. Buyers can vie on bikes from other collections also, including 44 from the David Silver Spares Collection (no reserve), and 21 others from The Buddy Stubbs Collection.A main attraction will be a 1966 Harley-Davidson CRTT documented to have been ridden by National Champion Racer Mert Lawwill. Mecum reports that the bike is the first CR Sprint Harley-Davidson received from Italy in 1966 and one of only six Harley-Davidson factory team CRTT bikes built.Other Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction headliners will be the Yamaha TT500 stunt bike used in the 1990 Marvel Comics movie Captain America, and a 1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7A in original, unrestored condition.“The consignments to be offered this year are, in every sense of the word, treasures to the antique motorcycle world,” comments Ron Christenson, president of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorcycle division.“They will truly excite even the most seasoned motorcycle collector as they cross the auction block. And with our largest offering ever, there is undoubtedly something that will please virtually any motorcycle enthusiast.”2015 Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction Details:A live stream of the entire auction will be presented at Mecum.com with portions also broadcast on NBC Sports Network. The auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with general admission tickets available at the gate for $20 per person, per day or $50 for a three-day pass; children ages 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Bidder registration is $100 and includes admission for two to all auction days. Doors open daily at 8 a.m. with the auction beginning on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9 and 10 at 10 a.m.An exclusive preview party sponsored by Las Vegas Harley-Davidson will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7 from noon to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and shuttles from South Point to LVHD will be provided during both preview periods. All registered bidders are invited to attend the preview sessions at no additional cost.Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the motorcycles. To view the list, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum auctions, visit http://www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.24th Annual Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction Details:
Jan. 8-10, 2015
South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall
9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89183
Admission: $20 per person, per day or $50 for three days; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission
Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m. with early preview for registered bidders on Wednesday at noon
Auction: Motorcycles start at 4 p.m. on Thursday and at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!