Upcoming Events | Paeroa V8 & Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet | Vintage Barn
Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle and Motorbike Show & Swap Meet Out Of Production Motorbikes, Motor Scooters and Classic Bicycles. Chair: Steve Huckstepp. Date: Nov 10, at AM – PM. Location: Gawler Showgrounds Nixon Terrace Gawler, Australia. Enquiries Phone Steve. Paeroa V8 & Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet is held the day before the famous “Battle of the Streets” motorcycle race in Paeroa every year.
Here are the nine reasons why the Barber Vintage Festival is the one motorcycle happening you cannot say no to. Britten the featured marque in Every year Barber Vintage Festival picks a theme to expand upon, and as this year is the 20th anniversary of the passing of legendary New Zealand motorcycle designer John Britten, it presented the perfect opportunity to host a tribute to his work. Nine of the 10 existing Britten motorcycles were on hand, including the famed "Streamliner," as was the Britten family.
To a Britten enthusiast, getting eyes-on just once in a lifetime might have to do, so to see them running in a pack on the track, racing in AHRMA and all displayed together in the Barber Museum was such a rare sight — even John Britten himself never got to see it.
The tale of John Britten is a fairytale equally enchanting as that of fellow-Kiwi Burt Monro, who gained international acclaim for his home-grown innovation thanks to the movie The World's Fastest Indian.
Britten was another motorcycle innovator from New Zealand, who put a whole new spin on "homebuilt" motorcycles. Built from the ground up, each of his V-twin motorcycles was a spectacular vision of "outside-the-box" thinking and captured the imagination of the world. Sadly, John succumbed to cancer at age 45, robbing us all of what might have been.
Brittens were sold with a tuning laptop in each crate which was remarkably innovative for the time. With only 10 Brittens on the planet, George Barber saw to it that nine of them made it to the Vintage Festival. Think about that for a moment — that's 90 percent of the entire production run in one spot, turning the Barber Festival into an defacto Britten festival.
Historical motorcyle enthusiasts hold 25th annual Swap
He is to this day an original owner of the first Britten group. Those who attended the annual Motorcycles by Moonlight museum charity dinner got to see them all in one room. This proved to be much more intoxicating then any of the beverages served, at least until the next day when five were paraded on the track at once, with a couple on the back wheel in true Britten fashion. She also flagged off the parade lap with the bikes on the track Five Brittens on the track at once: Is there anything you need?
None other than Mr. George Barber himself was sampling the service being provided at the grounds that bear his name. He patiently moves through the crowds like a host at a Derby Day party, making sure everyone is content and everything is sufficient.
Some meets have organizers and staff that interact with their patrons more like taskmasters with whips. All staff will treat you with courtesy and genuine concern. Five stories of poured concrete with a glass front that brings to mind more upscale hotel than motorcycle museum.
Barbers is often described as an acre botanical garden with a race track and what is commonly regarded as the best motorcycle museum in the world. The grounds are spotless, and the crowds at BVF respect that.
The race track is sold out most of the year for track days and corporate functions, Porsche and Mercedes have offices on the grounds. The state of the art dedicated building holds roughly motorcycles and is currently undergoing an expansion that will double its size.
Inside the vast collection is the largest Lotus car collection in the world as well as many machines a staunch enthusiast will recognize as the core MOMA Art of the Motorcycle exhibit. You could easily spend a day in the museum alone and many do just that. The Racing Sparse grids, single file races? The resulting full grids, top name racers and busy paddock make for outstanding spectating. The Motorcycle Swap meet The swap meet has six hundred vendor spaces and sells out months before the event.
A new home for the show This event has been running for 29 years.
It began as a vintage specialty event that now has broadened its view and taken in many other periods and types of motorcycles. The home of the event was in Delta for the earlier years, but a last minute contract cancellation by the Corporation of Delta forced Todd to close his doors on the family-run event for the first time indevastating him and vendors. Enjoy yourself and talk to people.
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I tell them to stand up and smile and talk to people. It has filled up with about vendor booths. An early 20th century Erie motorcycle was on display.
Mack told me the day before that the first few hours after opening are the busiest with visitors searching for things on their wish lists. My booth table has 8- x inch printed photos spread out in-between small easels supporting my foam board book posters. Accomplished rider and writer Wally Klammer offered to share his table with me at the swap meet the year before the event that unfortunately got cancelled. Klammer passed away in September Shaking hands and sharing stories The doors open.
I exchange a few excited words with David at the B. Classic Motorcycle Club table to my left.
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Classic Motorcycle Club's booth. The exchanges were energizing. I sell some books. I talk with delegates from the annual general meeting of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group that came from Ontario and Alberta. It is clearly a huge community of motorcyclists that I am just starting to get to know. Plenty of room for visitors to walk through meant I saw no pushing or shoving.