Dauphin Island 2017

After several weeks of beautiful weather the forecast predicted thunderstorms for our show date. The prediction was that the cold front would pass over Mobile early in the morning and the rain would end by 8:00 AM. We decided to take a chance and go on with the show as scheduled. When we started stetting up at 8:30 the skies were gray and the wind was strong out of the North. Nevertheless the rain did hold off.  We only had a small sprinkle at about 10:00 AM and it lasted for less than 10 minutes.  After that the skies gradually cleared and by noon it was sunny and warm. Despite assurances that for 2017 we would get back into the Dauphin Island School yard that was not to be.  Again more construction was scheduled for the buildings and again we were asked to use  Fins' parking lot.  Fins is a local bar about a hundred yards to the west of the school. The owner Mr. Gene Fox graciously offered to let set up shop for the day.  We blocked off the street between the bar and his gavel parking lot and that actually gave us plenty of room to display the bikes. We had 84 bikes register for the show which produced $780 for the Dauphin Island PTO. They also had a food concession with shrimp, burgers, and hot dogs. They were busy all day long. Fund raising also included T shirt sales and a 50-50 raffel. The last accounting was that the show raised ~$5,000. The trophies were kindly paid for by our sponsors: Adventure Motorsports of Northwest Florida in Pensacola, D&D Cycles in Pensacola, Hallís Motorsports in Mobile, Mort's Power Sports in Mobile, Rosie's Motorcycle Consignments in Mobile, Port City Marine in Mobile, and Powder Coat Junction in Theodore, Al.  Hundreds of spectators came to see the motorcycles and everyone seemed to have a great time. Hats are off to our organizer Carlos Forte who saw to it that everything went smoothly. Registration was handled by Beverly Moritz and Chris Conover. Below is a list of this year's winners as determined by our seven judges. Click on the bike's name to see a picture of it.  We tried to take a picture of every bike entered and you can see all of the pictures in the gallery.


Class First Second Third
Vintage American Gordon Bass, 1935 Harley-Davidson VLD David Paryzek 1964 Harley-Davidson Sprint Clint Wilson 1941 Harley-Davidson ULH Flathead
Japanese over 305cc Mike Thomas 1977 Yamaha SX650 Mike Thomas 1978 Kawasaki KZ650 SR Danny McMillan 1975 Honda Goldwing 1000
Japanese 305cc and under Kevin Nobles 1967 Honda S65 David Paryzek 1970 Suzuki TC305 Jim Arrington 1969 Honda SL90
European Bo Arrington 1952 BMW R25 Andy Keiderling 1954 BMW R51/3 Richard Hunter 1969 BMW R60/US
  English  Lewis Popwell 1966 Triumph Tiger Cub Jim Downey 1950 Sunbeam S7 Steve Thomas 1979 Triumph Bonneville
Custom Brandon Lunceford 1957 Harley-Davidson Panhead Mike Thomas 2004 Custom Pro-Street David Gelarden 1948 Triumph T110
American Cruiser Tim McGee 2012 HD Ultra Classic CVO Doug Van Deder 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide RudyySmith 2015 Indian Scout
Metric Cruiser Carlos Forte 2002 Moto Guzzi Californian Steve Kent 2002 Yamaha V MAX David Campbell 2000 Kawasaki W650
Sport & Competition Lewis Popwell 1972 Harley-Davidson Sprint CR Doug Cunningham 1975 Honda TL230 Joshua Carr BMW S1000 RR
Cafe Racer Pete Peterson 1972-74 Norton Commando Philip Colquette 2012 Moto Guzzi V7R Mike Predmore 1976 BMW 750
Unrestored original Pete Peterson 1966 Yamaha YDS3 Carlos Forte Wards Mojave 250 John Bishop 1974 Honda 750 Four
Scooter Fred Smallwood 1959 Cushman Highlander Jim Downey 1949 Whizzer motor in Schwinn bike Gene Botter 1959 Cushman Eagle

Best of show went to Bo Arrington for his 1952 BMW R25

Despite threatening skies at the onset of the show bikes started showing up

We awarded a " Best of Show" and 36 class trophies. We also gave out 12 framed Runner Up certificates.

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