The drive there was a blast. Ms. E and I love our road trips together. We're both so stinking busy nowadays that it's a real treat to just spend some time in the Baby Dragon, shooting the shit, pumping tunes and just generally hanging out. Google led us in via Zero Avenue along the border, so of course we had to hop out of the truck to selfie the occasion on the south side of the road, just for the Hell of it. Pulling into the hotel was a treat too. First thing we saw in the parking lot was an absolutely stunning classic Lincoln. Definitely set the tone for the weekend to come.
Now as a rule we don't get a whole lot of time while things are up and running to take all of the pics and video we'd like, so having Dale and Wally and their crew come traipsing in with truck after trailer of sheer two wheeled beauty had me spinning around like a top every ten minutes or so. I'd done a little rubbernecking at some of Dale's treasures the night before when we stashed our bike at his shop, but this was a whole new ballgame.
It really is something special to be in on all the behind the scenes stuff at these shows, there is just a ton of dedication and passion that goes into making a top quality event like Vintage in the Valley come to life and it's pretty damn impressive to see everyone doing the dance it takes to bring it all together.
It was while chatting him up that I got an eyeball on the Show & Shine trophies, hadn't realized there was a judged event and they were so pretty that I knew I was going to have to take a kick at the can with the Copper Bobber, which meant it was time to get down on the floor with some SOS pads for a bit of whitewall scrubbing. Thanks again Wally!
It was greatly gratifying to see all the attention that little copper sweetheart got, especially after all the love we poured into it. That was one happy Honda for sure and it was a pleasure to field what turned into a raft of questions about almost every aspect of the build.
In addition to all the pretty machines and the ton of parts on offer there was the motorcycle auction where, if I remember right, a few gems in the rough went for as low as ten bucks. I didn't snag anything myself this year, but I'll definitely be making a little room next time out for a bike or two to follow me home.
Not gonna lie, when I saw the competition I was blown away at the quality of the work on display. I can't even tell you how many times I did a Bugs Bunny style screech to a halt and double take at this event. It was a total honour to compete with these guys and to actually get the nod had us jumping up and down like five year olds. Gave one of the judges the absolute hugging of his life, I did.
Best in Show went to this total superstar of a Suzuki T250 that was one of the sweetest little scoots I've ever seen.
Do yourselves a monster favour and check out Vintage in the Valley which, if it isn't already, is definitely a solid contender for the largest vintage motorcycle event in the Pacific Northwest. I don't think I can really convey just how many rare and beautiful vintage and classic machines are on offer with words. You need to see it to appreciate it. Hell of a lot of fun, too. We can not wait to get back there next year and see what wonderments they have on tap for us in 2018. Amazing job to everyone involved and thanks for having us!