Outdoors the bike show was strong, and contrary to local weathermen's predictions, totally dry till the very end! Randy Baxter's fine uprated Vincent Rapide took best in show, but some lesser machines, even bicycles were of great interest as well. While The Blues spread out over the field, visitors checked out some great offerings in the swap meet including one vendor with a huge array of antique highway maps. And on one trailer was almost the entire history of the Harley-Davidson "Panhead." From the 1948 "springer" version, up to a pre-electric start 1963, four nice Pans spoke Harley history to many.
And speaking of motorcycles and people, what better way to cap off the weekend than an 80+ mile ride out on some of eastern Iowa's best two lane highways. Over two dozen bikes and riders were shown what makes Iowa the topic of famed artist Grant Wood's work, why it's a great place to ride and a great place for a motorcycle museum.
We thank all of you who made the event so good by bringing out your finest vintage and antique American, British, European and Japanese motorcycles, all of our visitors and everyone who set up in the swap meet.