Fantastic American antique bikes and cafe racers in the outdoor bike show and swap meet, the biggest ever Evel Knievel exhibit inside the Museum, plus nearly a dozen famous racers and tuners for the opening of the Allstate Motorcycle Dirt Track Heroes exhibit. It was all part of the third annual Vintage Rally at the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa.


Vintage Rally showcases the Museum each year. It’s an opportunity to  bring in some notable members of the motorcycle community, offer up a few special and fun things for visitors to enjoy, and 2013 was the best Rally yet.


Topping the bill for the event was a traveling Evel Knievel exhibit. Lathan McKay, an Evel aficionado based in Texas has been digging up leathers, bikes, posters, shirts, jackets, photos and more out of garages and attics on the north American continent. The Rally featured his biggest memorabilia show yet with two jump bikes, a dozen sets of leathers and five original George Sedlak painted Knievel helmets, plus a replica X2 jump rocket bike. The Wembley Stadium helmet was part of the grouping, showing chips, scrapes and a little yellowing from this historic jump and crash by America’s favorite dare devil.


One panel discussion helped visitors learn about motorcycle collecting while a second featured the dirt track racers and offered some very personal insight into the careers of dirt track racers who gave everything to become #1.
The new exhibits will be in place through April 2014, but the days when famous racers visited and told their stories is past, along with a great Vintage Rally 2013. We hope you join us next year when we create Vintage Rally 2014 and bring you more stories from American motorcycling history.
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