Motorcycle Daze a hog heaven in Whitpain
It was hog heaven for local motorcycle enthusiasts as the Whitpain Township Parks and Recreation Department along with the Oily Pipes Motorcycle Club hosted the second annual Vintage Motorcycle Daze Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event featured more than 70 pre-1986 classic motorcycles of all colors and styles on display at Wentz Run Park, 1000 Anvil Lane, Blue Bell, along with different tables set up for a swap meet of spare parts, clothing and other bike accessories.
Bikes from many different manufacturers lined the pathways along the park as sounds of engines revved in the background.
Oily Parts Motorcycle Club founder Eric Heyman said the event was “perfect,” noting there was an “awesome turnout.”
He said the event had grown so large compared to the previous year that they were running out of room. The event had tripled in size from last year, he said, where there were only about
30 bikes featured.
Heyman said the weather cooperated and only “rained for 10 minutes.”
The idea for the event came from Heyman, who said he was tired of going to motorcycle events that only featured new Harley Davidson models. He decided to plan the event with Kurt Baker, parks and recreation director, who loved the idea and helped to get it off the ground.
Bikes gathered from as far away as Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and the Poconos, and the oldest bike on hand was a 1911 Harley Davidson Model 11 B owned by John Pergolese.
Pergolese said the Model A was a battery model while the Model B was a magneto model. He said only about 250 bikes of each model were made during this time.
The classic Harley still runs, takes regular gasoline in a split tank and gets 150 miles to the gallon, he said.
He called all of his bikes “time machines” because they are a part of history. He said it’s easy for people to shift work overseas, but the consequence of that is craftsmanship and arts “go out the window.”
Pergolese said he’s been a motorcycle owner since he was 16 and has been an avid collector of classic bikes since the ’70s. He called his passion for collecting classic bikes “an addiction.”
“Once you get bit by a bug, that’s it,” he said.
Heyman said he wanted to thank Redline Motorsport, Hodaka Club of America, Horizon Waste Service Inc., Powerseal USA, Filpro Inc. and Mid Atlantic Jack Russell Rescue for partnering with the event.
A group of ‘70s street and dirt bike models are on display at the Vintage Motorcycle Daze event.
John Pergolese gets ready to kick start his 1911 Harley Davidson.
Patrick Lighter shows his children, Caroline and Christopher, the kind of bike he used to ride. Ted Cichoki, left, swaps customizing stories with Greg Hess as they talk about Hess’ ‘66 Triumph “rat” bike.
A chopped 1973 Yamaha 650 is among the line of motorcycles on display during.