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Riding into History 2014
On May 17, 2014 Riding into History held its 15th annual Motorcycle Concourse.
The Grand Marshall this year was Dave Despain and he was on hand through out the day to help with the operation culminating with the awards ceremonies that afternoon.
RIH is a charitable organization and had as it's charity this year K9s for Warriors.
The concourse is held at the World Golf Village and is near St Augustine, FL. The weather was picture perfect that day with temps starting in the 60s and only rising into the low 80s by days end. There were many classic, vintage, and antique bikes on display with something for everyone.
I hope you enjoy my day as much as I did.
This was the view from our room. As you can see the spots for the bikes are quickly filling up.
One of the K9s with his handler. According to their web page 95% of the dogs come from rescue shelters.
Some of the bikes have plaques or posters with information about them. This 1976 Yamaha XS650 is owned by Shawn Leary of Jupiter, FL. It was purchased from the original owner in 1980, repaired, and used as a daily rider for many years. Then it was built into a successful racer and won the 2003 CCS Heavy Vintage Championship.
Here, fellow rider Rich wows the crowd with his 1973 H1. Last year he came away with a "Best in Class".
And below, his freshly restored 1972 Daytona 500.
I managed to win an "Award of Merit" for Bella. It's quite a big deal for me as I have never won anything at this show before.
I met this young fellow that day and talked with him for some time. He had two bikes entered, one of which is pictured below. Both, while clearly works in progress, were filled with innovative and imaginative methods of dealing with engineering problems. He had done all the machine work, wielding, and design on both bikes. It's nice to see fresh blood like that enter into the hobby.