Classic motorcycles celebrated at Rockerbox, Vintage Motofest

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Amidst the backdrop of vintage motorcycle road races and an off-road enduro race, the Vintage Motofest and Rockerbox Motorcycle Show held sway over the 640-acre Road America racecourse facility in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin from June 8 to June 10.

Among the hundreds of European, Japanese and American motorcycles at the ride-in show were a number of other attractions: Live rockabilly music, stunt shows and an arm-wrestling tournament rounded out the entertainment. A swap-meet made for interesting browsing, while food trucks satisfied hunger and a microbrew tasting quenched thirst. Campsites were available for those who sampled all 81 of the available beers.

But the main attraction was the Rockerbox Motorcycle Show, which gave out awards for Best Café Racer, Best Rat Bike, Best Scooter, Best Chopper, Best Race Bike, People’s Choice and Editor’s Choice as judged by the editorial staff of Motorcycle Classics magazine.

Among some of the amazing show bikes were aerodynamic stylist Craig Vetter’s “Mystery Ship #5”, a radically angular and futurist look at motorcycle design from the 1970s.

The Rockerbox Motorcycle Show continues to grow beyond it’s humble beginnings as a neighborhood block party, giving motorcycle enthusiasts the chance to see and hear rare motorcycles up close. The event draws participants from all over the country and dovetails nicely with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association vintage motorcycle races held this same weekend each summer.

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William Hall is a writer, classic car broker and collector based in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He has spent the whole of his professional career in the automotive industry, starting as an auto-parts delivery driver at the age of 16 to working for some of the nation's premier restoration shops. He is a concours judge and a consultant to LeMay-America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

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