Martin Motorsports draws 1,000 to Modern Classics show

Publish Date: 
Mar 6, 2014

BOYERTOWN, Pa. -- More than 1,000 visitors came through Martin Moto the weekend of March 1 for the fourth annual Modern Classics motorcycle show.

The show featured 100 motorcycles, representing more than 30 manufacturers, primarily from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Conditions ranged from museum quality restorations, mild customs, competition machines and even a handful unrestored pioneer bikes. This year’s featured class was motorcycles with two stroke engines.

The oldest bike in the show came from England and was an original Scott Flying Squirrel, a two cylinder, water cooled two stroke bike from 1936.

The Modern Classics is a “by invitation only” show and does not feature judging. Rather, attendees are asked to vote for their people’s choice in two categories, the featured two-stroke class as well as the other classics from the era.

The Classics winner, presented by Arai Helmets, was a Norvin Custom shown by David Tompkins of Classic Cycles, Ltd. of Baptistown, N.J. The bike is the marriage of a Norton Featherbed frame with a Vincent V-twin engine.

The Two-Stroke winner, presented by PowerSeal USA, was a 1974 Kawasaki 500 Mach III shown by Franco Steffanatto of West Chester, Pa. The bike was presented in original stock condition.

A third award was given out, the Exhibitors' Choice, for the bike that best represents the entire 1960s to 80s era considering condition, rarity, craftsmanship, and historical significance as voted by the owners of the 100 bikes on display.

The inaugural Exhibitors' Choice award, presented by the Grisafi Insurance Agency, went to a 1978 Moto Morini 3 1/2 shown by Keith Turner of Bethlehem, Pa. The bike, which was runner-up in the Classic category, was a daily rider for Turner that has since been lightly customized.

The fifth annual show is scheduled for March 7, 2015.

Posted by Vince Guerrieri