Another super-sweet scooter with sidecar setup from 2010 Rhinebeck Grand National Super Meet. This awesome baby reads “Vespa Taxi Co.” on the front and “Pine Bowl Speedway Stunt Team – Poestenkill, NY” on the sidecar.
The Pine Bowl Speedway was a racing oval in upstate New York State in the 1950’s and 60’s.
One of my bucket list items is to ride in a side car. Something like this would do just fine!
Sometimes scooter riders don’t get the respect they deserve from motorcycle riders. They don’t get a wave, a nod, a ‘Hey nice bike’ from their bigger 2-wheeled brethren. Let’s face it. Sometimes they get mocked, laughed at and straight up made fun of. This scooter rider dares you to make fun of their wheels.
When we walked through the gates of the Dutchess County Fairgrounds where the Rhinebeck Grand National Super Meet was being held, the rain was steadily falling from the sky. These three beautiful Harley-Davidson’s looked like delicious, brightly colored candy against the wet asphalt. Unfortunately, I did not see any signs or papers with information on their years and models. If you can identify them – please let me know!
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Squirt Minoe, World’s Slowest Indian – 2.00 MPH
I bet even Burt Munro himself stopped playing his harp on cloud 9 in Heaven and chuckled when this Indian 50cc MM5A rolled out.
Amongst the many beautiful antique motorcycles at the 2010 Rhinebeck Grand National Super Meet was one very special standout for me; the 1897 De Dion-Bouton tricycle.
Having never heard of this machine before as soon as I got home I started digging around in some of my motorcycle books and browsing the web for information on this charming 100+ year old relic.
It so happens that the marque has a local Long Island connection. One of the brand’s most notable owners was motor racing enthusiast William Kissam Vanderbilt II. In 1899, Vanderbilt ordered one of the 1 3/4HP tricycles from France and had it shipped to the US.
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