Motorcycle Shows like the Clubman's All-British Weekend in San Jose CA, are great places to ogle gorgeous classic motorcycles & Classic British Motorcycles in particular. Look at all this eye-candy!!
THE SHOW TRADITION Motorcycle Shows are a huge part of the Classic British Motorcycle tradition. The legendary Earls Court show in London has a long tradition of introducing the world to virtually every exciting new Classic British Motorcycle. Vincent Black Shadows, BSA Gold Stars, Velocette Venoms, virtually all the Triumphs & Nortons you've ever heard of, all these & many, many more were shown for the first time at Earls Court.
Since those early days, motorcycle shows have sprung up all over the world, catering to every end of the motorcycle genre. Of course, all we care about are those shows that feature large numbers of Classic British Motorcycles. So that will be our focus. I attend every show I can & take lots of photos (sometimes good, sometimes not so much). I'm based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, so most of the shows I have attended have been on the West Coast.
Here judges pour over this lovely 1961 BSA Gold Star. Judges look for originality, authenticity & correctness, more than condition. Although the condition of this Goldie is certainly top-notch. Taken at the El Camino Historic Motorcycle Event in Torrance CA, Sept. 18, 2010. Nice show!
JUDGED SHOWS Most shows are 'judged shows', meaning that judges scrutinize all the bikes closely & ultimately determine a winner in various classes. Generally speaking, show judges are usually some of the most knowledgeable experts in the field, often specializing in a certain marque or model.
Many annual shows carry a 'theme' each year. The Cachuma Lake Vintage Motorcycle Rally, one year the theme was Velocettes, which drew Velos out of the woodwork. Another year honored BSA & Triumph Triples. Most shows today also have Modified Classes for things like Cafe Racers, Choppers, Bobbers & other customs. Of course authenticity isn't so much a factor here as is uniqueness & quality of design & workmanship + the overall look of the bike.
PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS
Overall, motorcycle shows are a fun & exciting way to spend a day or a weekend. Take very opportunity to attend shows in your area. Most shows also feature "Peoples' Choice-Awards", which means the attendants (the public) vote on their own picks. This is one of my favorite categories, as it is much less formal & a real compliment when 1000 show attendees pick your bike.
A QUICK TOUR OF SHOWS
Join us now as we take a quick tour of some of the recent Classic British Motorcycle Shows that I have attended. Please excuse some of the poor pictures (I threw that old camera out!).
It's a Motorcycle Show, a Car Show & an Airplane Show all in one + Gadgets, Antique Farm Equipment & more at the gorgeous Half Moon Bay Airport, and all for a good cause. One of a kind show! Don't miss it.
Spectacular show held at the Half Moon Bay Airport, with airplanes/warbirds, a full-blown car show & an awesome motorcycle show all rolled up into one. And lots more too, like old tractors & weird contraptions. Awesome show!!
This is the mother of all classic British motorcycle shows...well, at least it's the biggest one west of the Mississippi, and that's a fact! Over 150 gorgeous classic Brit bikes competing for awards, all indoors. Plus a Swap Meet, Bike Corral & Vendors. This '57 Gold Star was raffled off for $1.00! CBM was there taking pictures. CHECK THIS OUT!!!
2012 CLUBMAN'S SHOW VIDEO:
CBM'S PHOTO BOOTH & MOTORCYCLE PICTURES
We were there at the Clubman's this year, taking eye-popping photos of gorgeous British bikes, 26 in all. It was quite an event. See the action, hear the clamor, and check out these gorgeous bikes!!! Clubman's All-British Weekend 2012 Preview of the Show.
The Clubman's was still in the planning-stage when this page came out announcing it. Still loaded with lots of great info and dynamite pictures. Check it out & get ready for next year.
Dynamite outdoor show set in the picturesque hills of the California's Central Coast. The 4th year saw about 100 classic bikes of all types: American, European, Japanese & our blessed Classic British Motorcycles. Dynamite pictures of some gorgeous bikes. QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING Carmel Valley CA Saturday, May 14, 2011
This 3rd edition of "The Quail" was host to hundreds of classic bikes, gobs of stunning Brit Iron, a Bonham's Classic Motorcycle Auction, a gourmet BBQ, a live band, amazing vendor booths & some of the nicest people anywhere. And the day before the show was
The Quail Ride.
The world's greatest Classic British Motorcycle Show is back for it's 24th year, bigger & better than ever. 100'S of gorgeous bikes at this judged show. Velocette is the featured marque this year. Sponsored by BSAOC. Visit our booth, we have a gift for you.
Classic-British-Motorcycles.com was there, taking studio-quality photos of gorgeous Brit bikes. Check out these truly eye-popping motorcycle pictures for yourself.
EL CAMINO HISTORIC MOTORCYCLE EVENT
Torrance CA, Sept 18, 2010
A smaller judged show, very well-organized. Attracted some fantastic bikes & a nice mix. Huge swap meet, almost more of a show than the Show. Mild to wild its all there for sale. A 'must-see' So Cal event. Little shade so bring sunblock.
The Clubmans is the ultimate Classic British Motorcycle show, with almost more eye candy that you can take in. 1-day judged show, all indoors in one building. 1st year w/other buildings for classic Japanese, European & American bikes also. What a day!!
CACHUMA LAKE VINTAGE BRITISH MOTORCYCLE RALLY
Santa Barbara CA, May 26-29, 2006
The Cachuma Lake British Rally is unfortunately history now. 2008 was the last year. But what a show! Set in the hills above Santa Barbara, Cachuma attracted hundreds of Classic British Motorcycles, owners & fans, from all over the world, many of whom rode their bikes there then put them in the show. I was one of those! Great 3-day judged event with tons of other activities. Clubman's All-British Weekend 2005
San Jose CA, March 26, 2005
Held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, the Clubmans has got to be one of the finest Classic British Motorcycle Shows anywhere, certainly on the West Coast. Hundreds of museum-quality Brit bikes on display + venders & clubs galore. This is a judged show. Racing superstar Eddie Mulder was Celebrity Guest of Honor.