Mo­tor­cy­cle Daze a hog heaven in Whit­pain

The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin

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.

Pho­tos for the Gazette by PHIL HEIL

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.

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