6th Annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally

Jeff enjoys this mural in Carpinteria

Jeff enjoys this mural in Carpinteria


Let’s Go!
When Brady Walker invited Jeff to participate in the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally, of course Jeff said yes. But then there was a matter of space between the SF Bay Area and Venice. No problem – That meant a road trip!
Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally

Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally


We packed up our trusty 1956 Velocette Venom and 2005 Buell Blast and got on the road. Well, first we had to take care of a little business (like a job interview) so we got a late start, and being on small displacement bikes Interstate 5 was not an option. Our route, both there and back focused mainly on Highway 1.
Pismo Beach in the morning

Pismo Beach in the morning


The first night we camped in Pismo Beach. After that, Highway 1 tootles around many beautiful beaches and wends its way through farmland before descending into Santa Barbara, where the population has overgrown its throughway. Carpinteria is still charming, but soon after that Highway 1 dissolves into surface streets and detours through Oxnard. The coast ride through Malibu was spectacular. Then there is Venice Beach.
View of the boardwalk from our hotel window

View of the boardwalk from our hotel window

On Saturday over 500 bikes joined the ride through Santa Monica and up Pacific Coast Highway to Pepperdine University where an installation of waves of U.S. flags honored 9/11 victims.
It’s wild to ride in such a big group. This group, which was made up mostly of modern bikes, was very well behaved overall. Most of the time we rode in two orderly lines. At some intersections, uniformed riders blocked oncoming traffic.

Bikes line up in front of the flags at Pepperdine

Bikes line up in front of the flags at Pepperdine


Then back to the show. Brady and Caroline (and countless others) who didn’t go on the ride, had been busy. Instead of an empty parking lot, there were venders, a dunk tank, a stage with live music, food, beer, and a bike show. There was a raffle bike and some awards that qualified as sculptures.
East Side Moto Babes were present

East Side Moto Babes were present


One Vixen is about to get wet

One Vixen is about to get wet

The raffle bike and the trophies

The raffle bike and the trophies

Thanks to Caroline, Jeff entered his bike in the Best British Category and I rolled mine into the Ugliest. For a long time, my bike had no competition. Eventually a few others demonstrated a sense of humor and added their bikes.

Ugliest Bike Competition

Ugliest Bike Competition

Then it was time to sit back and watch and listen and eat lunch. We were surprised to see the Young family from San Francisco. Pete and Kim were on their way to the 2013 Del Mar Show – a completely different side of motorcycling than the one we were participating in! Pete’s posted some amazing photos of epic bikes on his blog, Occhio Lungo

Beautiful 1936 Norton

Beautiful 1936 Norton


Diversity takes on new meaning

Diversity takes on new meaning

What is in that pod?

What is in that pod?


Lunch supplied by Oscar's Cerveteca

Lunch supplied by Oscar’s Cerveteca


Jeff won the Best British Award!
Brady honors Jeff's Venom with the Best British Award

Brady honors Jeff’s Venom with the Best British Award


The bike that beat mine for the Ugliest trophy

The bike that beat mine for the Ugliest trophy


Then as if motorcycles weren’t enough, there was the Miss Venice Vintage Pin-Up Contest
Contestants all eager to make a good impression

Contestants all eager to make a good impression


Never a quiet moment for the winner

Never a quiet moment for the winner

Many thanks to Brady and Caroline!!!

The morning after - a long slow walk along the beach

The morning after – a long slow walk along the beach


Instead of coming straight home, we continued deeper into the LA basin and came out the other side to visit VOCNA stalwarts, Larry Luce, & Mike Jongblood. At Mike’s home we also met up with Mick Felder and Craig Rich. Interestingly we’d heard about the last two while at the Rally – and we heard all good things!
Jeff shows off his trophy to Mike & Larry

Jeff shows off his trophy to Mike & Larry


Whoo Hoo!  I'm riding a MAC!

Whoo Hoo! I’m riding a MAC!

Finally it was time to turn around and head back up the coast. We took our time, camping and eating all the way. Back roads like highway 192 through Santa Barbara were much more enjoyable than the tense high-speed burn alternating with splitting lanes of highway 101. Lake Cachuma was beautiful – and the campground was empty! Cold Spring Tavern was challenging to get to, but the twisty ride in the dark was worth the trip.

Morning view at Lake Cachuma complete with rowers from UC Santa Barbara

Morning view at Lake Cachuma complete with rowers from UC Santa Barbara


Glam shot of the Venom in the morning light

Glam shot of the Venom in the morning light


Highway 1 up and through Big Sur was sunny and clear and very very windy. It was quite exciting to be going around a corner and feel the wind pick the whole bike up and move you over six feet. Both Jeff and I noticed that any cars that were behind us, fell way back. Our ride must have looked frightening to them too.

The road provided one more major thrill – as we went across the Golden Gate Bridge, we saw the America’s Cup race going on right below us!

Unfortunately, my bike, which had been riding rough, decided to die at Sears Point. I coasted to the intersection of 121 and 37 and found Jeff waiting in the shade. He rode home alone, and drove the truck back to pick me up. A fouled spark plug.

Now that we’ve put a new spark plug in, I guess I have to go for a test ride…

Dessert at Bui Bistro in Napa

Dessert at Bui Bistro in Napa

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2 Responses to 6th Annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally

  1. Jim A. says:

    Lanora: Great article! Wish I’d known about this ride. I can get there in one day. I would’ve come.
    Next year maybe. Jim A.

  2. Pete Young says:

    That sounds like a much better trip than our drive down I5 with the kids in the car for 10 hours! And you had a lot of fun too. It was grreat to bump into you in Venice. See you soon.
    Pete

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