World Golf Village was the venue for a fantastic classic motorcycle show on Saturday, 5/16/08. If you haven’t heard of W.G.V., imagine Disney’s Magic Kingdom for golfers. Hotels, pro shops, spas, time-share condos, and more surround a large central lake. Of course there are golf courses as well; I can’t play golf since my accident, so I didn’t look into the details of that. The Village is also the home of the International Golf Hall O’ Fame. We arrived just after 10:00 am. The weather was perfect, mid 80’s, moderate humidity, clear and sunny.
It was obvious I was going to have a great day right from the start. I pulled up to the parking area in my new Mini Cooper convertible (British Racing Green, of course!), and the very attractive lady taking the $10 admission fee said: “I’ll trade you my Harley-Davidson for your Mini! My friend Les and my son Kenneth were pretty amused with that, but I decided the car had just paid for itself right there. We parked and walked through the main entrance to the grounds of the Village, and found hundreds of motorcycles arranged around the central lake. There were bikes from the early 1900’s right up to the late 1980’s on display. There were also a few vendor tents/booths, and few local dealers had some bikes to show as well.
It took about 2 hours to work our way half way ‘round the lake. We arrived at the Mulligan café right about lunch time. It took two more hours to complete the other half of the displays, and that was moving at a fairly quick pace. These were the bikes I really enjoy seeing. There was a collection of ‘60’s and 70’s classic dirt bikes that Cuddy would have flipped for; there must have been well over100+ British bikes: Vincents, Nortons, Triumphs and BSAs, (my personal favorites). Early Japanese bikes such as Kawasakis, Yamahas., and Hondas were equally well represented. There were even 2 Rukios (I hope I got the name right) which were Japanese built HDs of the late 1930s and early 1940s. BMW bikes from 1920 and up were also well represented. I have to say they are particularly nice bikes from an engineering esthetics point of view; although I’m not a big fan of their current offerings, their early bikes are very cool. Interestingly, there were very few HDs. I recall two 1970’s Shovelheads and a few very early bicycle framed bikes, but that’s about it. Wonder why so few?
In all, I took over 170 photos of bikes! I’ve selected some of the best shots of some of the most interesting bikes to post here; grouped as they were at the show. If I can post a .avi file; I talked the owner of a hot-rod CBX into firing his bike up for a video/sound clip. This bike had some sweet pipes; I got a major buzz when he whacked the throttle all the way open. You have got to hear it. Damn I want one of those! I also took several photos of a completely original BMW WWII sidecar rig, complete with sidecar mounted machine gun. I know at least a couple of the regulars at Motorcycle.com are going to want one of those. I’m going to set up a website for the rest of the photos; the low-resolution photos I can upload will not do the bikes justice. I’ll post the URL for that later this week.