Diamond Chapter

Arkansas Honor Ride

The Arkansas Honor Ride was held Saturday October 3rd. This is an annual benefit ride to help the wounded service men and women and their families who are recovering at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. 186 riders participated in the event.

Leaving Rodneys in Little Rock at 1:00 and arriving at the Veterans Memorial in Hot Springs around 2:00. The Diamond Chapter had a display of antique motorcycles at the Memorial. Dyrek Burns, Butch Jones, Van Meeker, and Greg Bright brought a total of 11 bikes for display.

The ceremony was opened by the Air Force color guard. Speakers were Bruce Westerman, Bruce Cozart, Larry Brown (father of Adam Brown), and Lt.Col. Matthew Snead Director of the Arkansas Veterans Administration. The ceremony was closed by the Air Force color guard laying a wreath at the Memorial.

This was the 2nd annual Arkansas Honor Ride and was a great success. The weather was perfect, it was a great event, and it's an honor for the Diamond Chapter to be invited to be a part of it.

~ Greg Bright

NTNOA Lake of the Pines

As always the NTNOA put on a great Rally and Show. I went on Thursday, Susie came down on Friday, to get a good camping spot next to our good friends Randy and Cathy Bauer. Randy loves to cook so we had deep fried turkey one night and tortilla soup one night. Good food and of course burritos for breakfast.

The show had over 100 bikes on display. My 1934 BSA won first place in the side car class and BSA class as it was the only BSA there. Lots and lots of cool bikes to look at. The weather was just perfect, no rain, 80's during the day and 50's at night. The crowd was about the same as always. They added a 80 mile poker run this year. The concourse ride had to be changed due to road construction.

The concourse ride was 29 miles. No band this year and only fires in containers do to the burn ban. It was a great rally, really nice to see old friends and meet new ones. We had a great time , looking forward to next year. Thanks to the NTNOA for putting on a great Rally and show.

Go to NTNOA's Homepage for pictures

Barber's Vintage Festival

Jed Simpson and I left early Thursday morning. We picked up Joe Templeton in El Dorado and hit highway 20, hundreds of miles to Birmingham, AL. We got there around 4:00 and found a camping spot and set up camp. I took my Harley Sprint and the Wide Glide. It was a good thing I took the Wide Glide because the Sprint did not want to start. A lot of walking with no bike to ride.

Friday we hit the swap meet first thing. The swap meet gets bigger and bigger every year. Tons of stuff to look at. After that we went to the museum for a few hours. Some new things to look at. The museum is the worlds largest motorcycle Museum and they are adding on another 85,000 square feet by next year. Of course the vintage racing was going on all day and the century race was at noon. They also brought out the Britten bikes on the track.

They have made a lot of big changes this year like parking cars outside of the grounds and running shuttle service around the grounds. It sure cut down on the traffic with no cars and only motorcycles and the shuttle trucks on the road. It was a pleasure to ride your bike.

The Confederate Chapter and VJMC clubs set up their shows on the east side of the track. They both had a great turn out. Very cool bikes to look at. The attendance was over 65,000. The biggest crowd in their 11 year history.

The festival keeps growing every year. So much to do and see three days is not enough. The weather was just prefect except for some rain Friday night. Thanks to Mr. Barber for the most premier vintage motorcycle event in the world.

Barbers web site is www.barbersmotorsports.com Check it out for pictures and more info. Put this event on your must do list.

Mustang Motorcycle Club

Gary and Sandy Walker Won second place with the 1961 Mustang Thoroughbred in the 1960 and up class. Their 1956 Mustang "Colt" was the National Show Winner in the 1950-59 class. Fewer than 100 of these colts were built, only six to eight are thought to exist.

Web Sites of Interest

Carson Classic Motors: carsonclassicmotors.com Info on the Carson Cannonball team and info on Buck and the youth program.

Cherokee Chapter: cherokeeamca.org Great reading and info on the Pate Swap Meet.

What's in the Barn: velocity.com/tv-shows/whats-in-the-barn Great Show.

Antique Motorcycle Club of America: antiquemotorcycle.org Lots of info. Great info on facebook.

Motorcycle Classics Magazine: motorcycleclassics.com

North Texas Norton Owners Association: NTNOA.org

Ozark Vintage Motorcycle Association: ozarkvma.com.

Buck Carson's Radio Show : roadhawgs.net.

Fix my Hog fixmyhog.com/. Video, Q & A, blog and store very useful!

Mecum Auctions | The World's Largest Collector Car Auction mecum.com. Las Vegas Motorcycle auction results.


Bike of the Month

Buddy and Chris Muirhead's Restored Servi-Car
What a beautiful restoration.

Quote of the Month

"Winter is nature's way of telling you to test your electrics."

Closing Comments

We have been blessed with great weather so far this year, but winter will be here soon. Time to start those winter projects.

Carson Classic Motors Antique Road Run Livingston Texas looks like the last big event of the year. Try to make it if you can. I will report on it next month.

Ride em, don't hide em,
Michael Thomson
Diamond Chapter of Arkansas
Antique Motorcycle Club Of America