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2014 Riders Spotlight
Riders Spotlight: Steve Barber

written by Bill Wood

You might say that Steve Barber has antique motorcycle long-distance riding in his blood. In 1998 his mom was a passenger in The Great Race, a cross-country competition for vehicles at least 45 years old. Peg Barber and Frank Westfall were aboard a 1928 Henderson, one of only a few motorcycles in an event dominated by four-wheelers. They remained competitive all the way across the country, until the bike’s magneto failed in torrential rain, leaving them stranded just 50 miles from the finish.

 

Barber himself has plenty of background in antique bikes, taking over the operation of the family business, The 74 Shop, after his dad’s death. The shop specializes in 1936 to ’72 Harley Big Twins, and Barber says his passion is rebuilding and detailing original-paint Knuckleheads, Panheads and Shovelheads.

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Rider's Spotlight: Katrin and Dieter

Katrin Böhner and her husband, Dieter Eckel, will be coming to the United States from Germany to participate in the Motorcycle Cannonball this September. The married couple lives in the town of Ingolstadt, a community of 121, 801 residents near Munich, which is located within the free state of Bavaria. The city is rich with history, having been mentioned in the documents of Charlemagne on February 6, 806 as “Ingoldes stat”, or “the place of Ingold.”

 

Granted city status, circa 1250, Ingolstadt is located along the banks of the Danube River in the center of Bavaria, and is headquarters for the German automobile manufacturer, Audi. Penned as the birthplace of the fictional monster Mary Shelly wrote about in her novel, Frankenstein, the city lends itself to the romance of its natural surroundings.

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Rider Spotlight: Pete Gagan

Pete Gagan joined the Antique Motorcycle Club of America in 1959 and held the distinction of being the 7th president elected to the club, a position he held for 5 1/2 years, and a board member for 12 years.  He was also the president of the AMCA Foundation, and founder of the CVMG, the Canadian equivalent.

 

Currently, at 70 years of age, Pete continues to compete in both domestic as well as foreign rallies and will be rider number 70 in the Motorcycle Cannonball. Riding a 1914 Zenith Gradua, Pete will be traveling with his wife, Mary Jane, from their home in White Rock, BC, Canada for this transcontinental ride and will celebrate their 46th year of marriage during the rally.

Read Pete's story in his own words...

 

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Rider's Spotlight: Sean Brayton

I am 35 years old and live and work in West Kingston, Rhode Island. It’s a little college/beach town where I own a restoration shop. I started at a young age taking things apart to see how they work, and I think it was the trying to put them back together that taught me the most.

 

After years of tinkering with everything around my parent’s home I got the reputation as someone who could fix any thing. So most of my pre-teen years I was either working on some donated broken widget or honing my engineering skills with my Lego’s.

 

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Rider's Spotlight: Matt Olsen

Matt Olsen with one of the Spacke engines he's purchased to power his Motorcycle Cannonball entry. This one was originally supplied to the David Sewing Machine Co. for use in its Dayton line of motorcycles.At 24, Matt Olsen of Aberdeen, South Dakota, is the youngest rider entered in the Motorcycle Cannonball endurance run. But he's used to that, since he's also the youngest Board member for the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. Matt will be riding a 1913 or '14 Sears in Class II (twin-cylinder, single-speed).

 

How did you get started in vintage motorcycling?

 

 I was kind of born into it. My dad has been taking me on road trips all over since I was in diapers. All of the places we went were old-bike oriented, so I just kind of grew up around them.

 

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