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Santa Fe Trail Top Winners


SPECIAL INTEREST 1 Bill Brown 2 Jim Letellier


ASIAN COMPETITION 1 Larry Bergman


EUROPEAN COMPETITION 1 Dave Weibler


BRITISH COMPETITION 1 Dan Lowery


AMERICAN COMPETITION 1 Bruce Silkey


ASIAN CLASS 1 Ron Hawes 2 Kenny McCartney 3 Frank Soreno


EUROPEAN CLASS 1 Dan Holman 2 Doc Whitehead 3 Wallace LaFond


BRITISH CLASS 1 Harry Enyart 2 Jerry Semler 3 Ralph Blackmore


AMERICAN CLASS 1 Paul Stirton 2 Elizabeth Castillo 3 Bruce Silkey


BEST OF SHOW Harry Enyart


HARRY ENYART (left) - BESTOF SHOW1955NORTON On Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th, 2012, the Santa Fe Chapter of


the AMCA (Antique Motorcycle Club of America) held their 3rd Annual Vin- tage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet and it was AMAZING! Held in build- ing 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas, the quality and quantity of vintage motorcycles in this show was truly beyond belief. The Sante Fe Trail group is made up of people who really know their stuff and they have LOTS of cool vintage motorcycles. Every person in attendance should be very thankful for the participant’s willingness to show off their bikes.


Upon walking into the show, there was an Indian display set up that


would be hard to duplicate at any show, anywhere. In this display alone there were 13 very pristine Indian motorcycles. The elevated centerpiece was a 101 Scout from 1930 with original paint and it runs! Below that was an amazing 8 valve board track racer, single cylinder that is very rare and col- lectable. In its day that bike would run 90 miles and hour, and that was in 1914! JUST AMAZING! Beautiful motorcycle themed sculptures just set off the display. To the sides of the board tracker were a 1916 and 1917 Power Plus, again mostly original parts. There were other bikes in the display in- cluding a 1947 and 1948 Chiefs, a 1940 Sport Scout and a 1928 101 Scout. A most beautiful 1946 Indian set out front in the display. Also there was a 1950 Chief, a 1951 Warrior and a 1941 civilianized 741 Scout. The 741 had been originally produced for military use but this bike had been modi- fied for civilian use. The amazement continued with tons of awesome bikes in the rest of the show: Asian, European, British and lots of great old Harleys. There were literally a whole line of Harleys from the late teens and early


twenties and up into the 50’s and 60’s. Again these being mostly original parts and some of these bikes were in running order. From the teens there was an Excelsior Henderson and a Sears with original parts and paint. It was really exceptional to see so many vintage motorcycles in one place. Having been an AMCA member for many years I have seen my share of remark- able shows in the past but this was truly an amazing collection to view. Tri- umph, BSA, BMW, Norton and Ducati had good representation. My fellow club member Joe reminded me to mention the 1942 Harley-Davidson XA that was in the show. Apparently this bike was designed for desert military use, but never saw any action overseas. This bike had an opposed 45 cu inch 2-cylinder flathead engine, foot shift transmission, shaft final drive and plunger rear suspension and there were only like 1000 built .My 1947 Knucklehead Bobber was in the show and even won the second place American trophy. The crowd votes for the winning bikes and knowing the quality of bikes mine was up against that was a good thing. My bike is very beautiful and thank goodness her “looks got her thru “because I realize with- out the crowd voting I would not have won. There were just too many orig- inal bikes there for mine to have won any other way. The food that was available was very good; they also had fresh, hot cookies. The cookies did run out before I got any (thank goodness). Vintage


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swap meet vendors offered a good selection of parts and one guy was sell- ing old license plates. One vendor was from Iowa and we had spoken at Davenport before. The club had neat t-shirts for sale, I bought 3. CMA, Chris- tian Motorcycle Association had a table set up with free literature and good conversation .The VJMC Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of KC had some cool bikes in the show and some great pictures posted at their web site. There was a good turnout for the show and I think lots of spectators were as amazed as me at the amount and quality of bikes presented. I am now a member of this group and look forward to sharing rides with such nice peo- ple; they are a very knowledgeable and fun group. Thanks to Jim Sneegas and Joe Madrid for getting me dates of the bikes and Jack Larson for creat- ing and having my bike ready to show. Mark your calendars for the same time next year, around Super Bowl Sunday. to attend this show. It is the one you don’t want to miss.


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