Vintage Motorcycle Show returns to Palisade Saturday, June 7 |

Vintage Motorcycle Show returns to Palisade Saturday, June 7

Soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, Germany, South Korea, Africa, Japan and Guam all receive care packages from Grand Junction’s Operation Interdependence. The Vintage Motorcycle Show will raise funds for the local nonprofit on Saturday, June 7.
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WHAT: Vintage Motorcycle Show

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Palisade

COST: Admission for viewers is free; $15 to qualify for judging

INFO: 970-216-8633;

Get your historic hog show ready!

The Western Colorado Vintage Motorcycle Association is all set to host the 6th annual Vintage Motorcycle Show on Saturday, June 7. Admission is free to the public, and festivities are planned for Palisade’s Downtown Pavilion at the corner of Third and Main streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Same-day bike registration for the show will be held from 8-10 a.m. The fee is $15 per motorcycle.

According to WCVMA president and event organizer Rick Barnes, registration is only necessary for those wishing to be judged.

“We never know what’s going to show up,” Barnes said. “We’ve seen some pretty rare, fantastic motorcycles.”

One year Barnes remembers seeing a complete museum piece pull up to the event — a 1939 Brogh Superior model SS-100.

“It was a motorcycle that most people will not see in person, not even in museums,” he noted. “It’s that rare and it was worth between $200,000 and $300,000.”

Not just high-caliber, museum-grade motorcycles will be on display however. Road hogs will also be shown from as late as 1989.

“We classify vintage as 25 years old and older,” Barnes explained. “We’ll show motorcycles you’d see out on the road even today.”

Live music, a silent auction, awards and more is also part of the fun.


Heading to Palisade’s Vintage Motorcycle Show not only supports the mission of WCVMA; it also gives back to Operation Interdependence, a local group sending gifts to U.S. troops deployed overseas.

“Packages go to deployed military men and women on land and sea,” OI president Karon Carley said. “Up to 2,500 packages are shipped overseas from Colorado every month.”

Boxes — which include a letter from a civilian, candy, gum, snacks, razors, lip balm and sunscreen — cost nearly $16 a piece to mail. That includes shipping costs, packaging and tape.

“We feel like the letters are the most important item in the bag so [soldiers] know someone home is thinking of them and appreciating them,” Carley explained.

Last year’s motorcycle show brought in up to $3,000 for the local branch of Operation Interdependence. Organizers hope to raise at least that much or more in 2014 to go towards shipping costs.

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