Riding Into History, America’s original and longest running motorcycle Concours d’Elegance, last Saturday, May 21st, celebrated its seventeenth anniversary with another spectacular event at St. Augustine, Florida’s beautiful World Golf Village.
The weekend began with a sold out fund raising dinner to benefit the K9’s For Warriors, an organization training rescue dogs as service animals for returning veterans with PTS. Shari Duval, founder of the K9’s offered very emotional off the cuff remarks. In the past three years RIH has raised over 80K for the K9’s.
On a beautiful Florida Saturday that defied the dire weather forecast, some 270 antique and vintage motorcycles were arrayed on the Walk of Fame surrounding the Village’s centerpiece lake. Thousands of guests enjoyed a leisurely stroll through motorcycling history while a team of over twenty judges, assisted by guest moto-journalists Mark Tuttle and Mitch Boehm, performed the difficult task of selecting the award winners.
The results were tallied and over ninety awards were presented at a late afternoon ceremony. The major award winners, spectacular motorcycles all, were:
Preservation Award, to the best original motorcycle
1958 Harley Davidson FLH Duo-Glide, owned by Mark Hampton, Port Orange, FL
Grand Marshals’ Award, selected by Mark Tuttle and Mitch Boehm as their favorite motorcycle
1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica, owned by Jim Sabo, Cocoa, FL
Best Featured Marque, adjudged the best European motorcycle
1954 Victoria Bergmeister V35S, owned by Jimmy Sabino, Marco Island, FL
Don Bradley Award, selected by current and past chairmen to honor the spirit of the late artist Don Bradley, and presented by his widow and daughter
1949 BSA B34 Competition, owned by Kathy Siller, Mount Dora, FL
Best in Show, as determined by the Chief Judge and Concours Chairman
1967 Velocette Thruxton, owned by Joel Edward Greene, Cairo, GA
Riding Into History is a 501c(3) corporation that has raised close to $500,000 for a variety of charities. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated sponsors for our event. We’d like to recognize the following: Philos Enterprises, Inc. for their generous sponsorship of the concours, Sargent Cycle Products N.A., as the continued sponsor the Grand Marshal Dinner, Terk Oncology sponsored our Grand Marshal and special guests, Adamec Harley-Davidson, BMW Motorcycle Owners of NE Florida, BMW Motorcycles of Jacksonville, Vystar Credit Union, Folio Media House, Mercedes Benz USA, Sunshine Chapter Antique Motorcycle Club of America and Chill Concepts, LLC, continue as loyal supporting sponsors.
The eighteenth annual event is scheduled for May 20, 2017 again at the World Golf Village venue.