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February 25, 2014

International Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and Show

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Vintage Motorcycle Alliance, LLC is proud to announce an additional day of antique and classic motorcycles at the 3rd annual “International Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and Show” in beautiful Eustis, Florida at the Lake County Fairgrounds March 7, 8 and 9, 2014.

As you may know the Sunshine Chapter of the AMCA has decided to no longer offer a sanctioned judging of machines on Sunday March 9th at the Silver Sands location. Taking this into account we make it possible for vendors and enthusiasts alike to spend that day at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Eustis. This year we are expecting larger crowds due to our tenure in Eustis and our current association with the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club and their hosted bike show in the main expo building. Visitors previously unable to attend on Friday or Saturday can now enjoy the bike show and interact with our celebrated vendors. Seminars by aficionados and tradesmen of the vintage motorcycle world are offered to enlighten novices, collectors and enthusiasts to the fine details of owning, maintaining and riding vintage machines.

This is the 19th year of an antique motorcycle swap meet in EUSTIS and we intend 2014 to be a monumental year in the growth cycle of the VMA. Our intention is to develop this show into “DESTINATION EUSTIS”, a motorcycle friendly town synonymous with peaceful ambiance plus ample amenities and an easy access location for ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIASTS.

VMC,LLC with support from its vendors and associates offers an event renowned for NOS, OEM and quality NEW parts, educational opportunities and a diversity of vintage machines. No matter what your motorcycle interest may be we offer something,,,,,, vintage restorations, choppers, classic bobbers, and cut-downs, military and service vehicles, vintage daily riders, racing and touring machines from Japan, Sweden, Italy, Germany, England, United States,,,,, all two and three wheeled and in excess of twenty five years old.

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February 1, 2014

Tennessee State Police Motorcycle “Yellow Jackets” On Harley Panheads!

Originally posted on Riding Vintage.

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In the 1950’s, traffic fatalities were on the rise as drag racing became prevalent among teens across the nation.  Many police departments formed special units to help curb this trend and motorcycles were a logical choice for patrolman needing a fast and maneuverable vehicle.  These police squads were often just called Traffic Enforcement or Motorcycle Units, but some cities chose more colorful names, like the Pittsburgh Hot Rod Squad. More on Tennessee State Police Motorcycle “Yellow Jackets” On Harley Panheads!

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January 26, 2014

Indian Motorcycle Takes to the Skies

Originally posted on Riding Vintage.

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The engine pictured above is one of two, 7 cylinder engines built by Hendee Manufacturing Company (the makers of Indian motorcycles) in 1911. They mark Indian’s brief entry into the field of aviation and were named the Indian Aero Motor. Indian’s design borrowed heavily from the French Gnome “Omega” engine, in particular using a fixed crankshaft around which the crankcase and cylinders rotate.  It was able to produce 50 hp at 1,100 rpm and with a displacement of 513 cubic inches, the Indian Aero Motor was not only powerful, but lightweight, weighing only 185 lbs.

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