The Vintage Bike Show returns to Hays on July 9 and 10

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DAV Vintage Bike Show in 2019 Stock Photo

By Cristina Janney
Post Hays

Disabled American Veterans of Fort Hays will host the second Veterans Vintage Bike Show July 9-10 at the Unrein Building at the Ellis County Fairgrounds.

The event is a fundraiser for disabled veterans. Fundraising and a donation from the Robert and Patricia Schmidt Foundation help purchase a new van for the DAV.

The van is used to transport veterans to Veterans Administration medical appointments. The DAV plans to purchase another van for use by veterans in western Kansas, volunteer Pat Martin said.

All bikes entered into the show must be 1987 or earlier and may be foreign or domestic models.

Martin said he hopes the event will attract vintage bike entries from across the Midwest.

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Martin, a Vietnam veteran, owns a 1972 Harley Iron Head; however, it is in pieces and still being restored.

He hopes he and his son can tackle the “basket” this winter and get the bike ready for next year’s show.

“I think it comes from your childhood,” Martin said of his passion for old bikes. “A lot of people who love older bikes remember when they were growing up on the farm and the old bikes your dad or grandpa owned.”

Some vintage bike owners have inherited bikes from family members.

“What we discovered the first time we did this was that it wasn’t so much the bikes, but the stories behind them,” Martin said. “People who have these bikes have a story to tell.”

Entry fee for the bike is $35-$25 if you pre-register. Registrations are being taken now. For more information or to register a bike, you can contact Martin at 785-269-7879 or [email protected] The event website is www.oldbikez.com.

Rare motorcycles from the Mike Bahnmaier collection will be on display. Bahnmaier has an extensive collection of vintage motorcycles with bikes on display at the St. Francis Motorcycle Museum and the Kansas Motorcycle Museum in Marquette.

General admission to the show will be $10; youth 14 and under will be admitted free.

The event will also include a parts swap meet which will be sponsored by the Free Tomorrow Motorcycle Club. Organizers are also gathering donated items for a live auction that will include items such as local business gift cards and a barbecue.

Weaver’s BBQ will sell concessions. A beer garden, which will be outdoors, will also be sponsored by the Free Tomorrow Motorcycle Club. Limited free camping will be offered at the fairgrounds upon registration.

Four local Cross Country Chase riders will be present with their bikes and chase vehicles.

The American Legion Riders will do a memorial race on Sunday. The VFW will host a cornhole tournament on Saturday. Registration is at 10 a.m. Matches start at 11 a.m.

Kansas USA Veterans will host a short poker run beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday that will be a fundraiser for the Soldiers’ House at Fort Dodge.

Good Time Motorcycles donated shirts to the event. These shirts will be sold for $25 each and the proceeds will benefit the DAV.

The Christain Motorcycle Association will be providing a free breakfast to those with bikes registered at the show on Sunday morning.

The event organizes a treasure hunt for children. They are encouraged to seek out the bison mascot for the event, Alf. Wooden nickels will be distributed to local children prior to the event. If the kid returns the nickel at the bike show, they can get a free ice cream at Vernie.

The local event organizers are part of the Sunflower Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.

Maria R. Newman