Looking to expand your definition of classic motorcycles? Join the Antique Motorcycle Club of America June 18-19 in Dixon, California, for the debut of the Club's newest exhibition category of bike judging-the Hot Bike Custom Culture Class.
This exhibition class, sponsored by Hot Bike magazine, will be an addition to the AMCA's regular antique-motorcycle judging during the Fort Sutter Chapter National Meet at the Dixon Fairgrounds, located about 25 miles west of Sacramento.
The Custom Culture Class is designed to showcase the kinds of bikes that grew out of the custom-bike movement that swept the motorcycle world four decades ago. It is open to any machine with an engine that was offered in a production motorcycle from 1960 through 1975. Although the movement at that time culminated in the development of the American chopper and the European cafe racer, the Custom Culture Class is open to machines that take the custom concept in any direction.
Entry in the Custom Culture Class is free, and entrants do not need to be members of the AMCA. Best of all, the winning bike at the event, as judged by magazine editors, will be the subject of a feature story in Hot Bike.
"We know that today's custom-bike world has its roots in the choppers and cafe racers riders were building years ago," said Hot Bike Editor Eric Ellis. "And we're happy to honor that era by sponsoring this class."
"The mission of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America is to preserve the heritage of our sport," said Matt Olsen, youth director for the AMCA. "And our judging attracts plenty of perfectly restored and carefully preserved examples of bikes from the past. But we also know that motorcycling has always attracted people who weren't satisfied until they had made a machine uniquely their own. That's the idea behind the Custom Culture Class."
In addition to judging for classic motorcycles ranging from the dawn of the 20th century to the mid-'70s, The Fort Sutter Chapter National Meet also includes vendors, a swap meet, technical seminars, field-meet games and a Friday night banquet. For more information on the meet and entries in the Custom Culture Class, see the Chapter website at www.amcafortsutter.org.