The AMCA’s annual calendar of National Meets and Road Runs, organized by affiliated Chapters in the United States and overseas, represents some of the premier antique-motorcycle activities held anywhere in the world. From major events attracting thousands of visitors to friendly gatherings of a few hundred enthusiasts, they all offer the chance to share an appreciation of classic machines and the people who ride them.
The heart of most National Meets is the vendor field, in which AMCA members can offer for sale parts and even entire motorcycles over 35 years old. It can take a keen eye to spot the truly significant piece among the acres of parts offered by vendors, but many award-winning restorations have begun as piles of parts found on an AMCA vendor field.
In addition, every AMCA National Meet features the Club’s National Judging Program, in which motorcycles are displayed to be judged by experts. For AMCA members, bike judging offers recognition for restoring, or preserving, an important piece of motorcycling history. But for spectators, the judging field turns into an antique-bike show rivaling the country’s best museum exhibits.
Beyond those two common elements, each AMCA National Meet takes on a flavor of its own, based on other activities over the weekend. These range from the incredible Timeline of History at the Grand National Meet in Rhinebeck, New York, gathering together 400 or more motorcycles representing every year from the dawn of the Motorcycle Age through the ’70s, to seminars on historical subjects and displays of featured motorcycles matching an event’s yearly theme.
In addition, many National Meets offer the chance to appreciate antique machines in motion, through road rides and field games—a friendly form of competition showcasing a rider’s ability to control his or her machine. Some National Meets also turn back the clock in the most American of all motorcycle sports—dirt-track racing. At these events, racers compete for trophies on half-mile dirt ovals, just as motorcyclists have for more than a century.
In between all that, there is plenty of time for vendors and visitors to settle in and talk about old bikes, from the fledgling efforts of early experimenters to the classic machines of the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.
In short, an AMCA National Meet can be a weekend escape from the modern world to a simpler, more relaxing time.
That description goes double for AMCA National Road Runs, which offer the chance to ride with others on the machines, and roads, of yesterday. These multi-day events follow routes laid out by local riders, who know the back roads of their own area best. And each night, participants get together to share road stories over dinner.
The schedule of AMCA Nationals typically begins in late February or early March and ends in October, stretching from New York to California. For details on individual events, click on the links in the schedule below.
Omaha Chapter National Meet
Sunshine Chapter National Meet
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Perkiomen Chapter National Meet
European Chapter Meet
Southern National Meet
Viking Chapter National Meet
St. Paul, MN
Yankee National Road Run
Keene, New York
Fort Sutter Chapter National Meet
Rhinebeck Coalition National Meet
Wauseon National Meet
July 31-August 1
Yankee Chapter National Meet
Badger Heritage Chapter National Road Run
Black Hills Chapter National Road Run
Sturgis, South Dakota