For those who restore classic motorcycles, an event this weekend presents and unparalleled opportunity.
Those who simply appreciate the history of the motorcycle might be equally impressed when the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Annual Meet comes to Fremont.
Scott Swaney, president of the Omaha Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, said the national event is all about motorcycles and the history of motorcycles, and offers enthusiasts of antique motorcycles the opportunity to swap hard to find parts, share knowledge and see what projects others are working on.
This year’s show will be the 35th for the Omaha Chapter, and the ninth show held in Fremont. Swaney said the Fremont show is one of only nine swap meets nationally to be sanctioned by the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, and the only indoor event.
Swaney said the event is vendor driven, and he expects about 60 vendors to be on hand. About 90 percent of those will be out of state vendors, he added.
The Omaha Chapter, which covers all of Nebraska and western Iowa, has about 120 members, Swaney said, but the national organization has more than 10,000 members. He expects about 300 to 400 of those members will make the trek to Fremont this weekend for the meet.
“It’s a preeminent event for the region,” he said. “To get this kind of event, you’d have to go to the East Coast or West Coast to see one comparable.”
About 60 or 70 antique motorcycles are expected to be on display Friday and Saturday. Some of those will take part in an event that judges the bikes based on how close they have been restored to their original manufacturer’s condition. Swaney said those motorcycles are broken down into a junior, senior and winner’s circle class and judged on a 100 point scale.
The motorcycles on display will range from early 1900s all the way to 1979. Swaney said the only requirement is motorcycles must be at least 35 years old.
Judging for the event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.