Two of my favorite things in the world are classic automobiles and vintage motorcycles. And when you combine them both into one event… well, that’s a pretty good day. Today I made my way to The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee for the 27th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show, sponsored by the Battlefield Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. But it get’s better… this years show was held in conjunction with the Music City Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. That’s right… a beautiful day filled with classic automobiles and vintage motorcycles…. all in the same place. I could go on about how heavenly that is, but I’ll just shut up and let you enjoy some of my photos.
The Ton Up Nashville British Motorcycle Club held their 11th annual vintage bike show on Sunday May 20. I try to make this show every year because it brings out some bikes (all kinds, not just British) that you don’t see at the other shows around town. Here are some of my favorites.
I had the opportunity to photograph this way-cool ’74 Triumph Daytona recently. This bike was built by Nashville’s own Mr. Sins and is currently featured on the cover of Grease Monkey Magazine.
We have had rain in Nashville for something like 14 days in a row. I’m not gonna lie. It totally sucks! Not only have I not gotten on 2 wheels during that time, I’ve not done much of anything else either. Work… surf around on the computer a little… play some guitar… watch a lame TV show… sleep… repeat. It’s as if the dark months have arrived early and ripped me off of my Fall riding. ENOUGH ALREADY!
There has been one two-wheel perk during the monsoon however. Last week my mother informed me she had bought me a garage sale item for twenty-five cents. What could it be for a measly quarter you ask? Check this out… A Hugo Wilson Classic Motorcycles book featuring Triumph. This immaculate specimen was published in 1998 and covers some classic models including the 1902 Minerva, 1937 Tiger 80, 1939 Speed Twin, 1959 T120 Bonneville (see below), 1971 Trident Race and others.
Good find mom! Now if I could just get out of this coffee shop and do some real riding instead of just reading and writing about it.
While out wandering aimlessly this weekend I spotted this awesome Triumph Thruxton. This thing is designed with vintage cafe racers in mind and it is way cool! Would love to ride one. Check out the low-profile clip-on bars.