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October 2010

President Gene Walker Treasurer Tom Ruttan


5531 Lardon Rd NE 3761 SW Olson Ct
Salem, OR 97305-3248 Lake Oswego, OR 97034
(503) 428-6641 (503) 638-1746
(503) 371-4363 tgruttan@earthlink.net

Vice President Gary Kelley Secretary Shannon Kelley


20000 NE Jaquith Rd 20000 NE Jaquith Rd
Newberg, OR 97132-6694 Newberg, OR 97132-6694
(503) 537-0802 (503) 537-0802
(503) 860-6442 (503) 784-0760
garyk@amcaotc.org shannonk@wildriders.org

I’d like to welcome our newest member, Stu Following several months of planning, we were a
Stephen. Stu lives in Wamic OR and has been few days from our departure when I received a
riding Harleys since 1966. Now retired, Stu rides call from fellow OTC member Vahan Dinihanian.
as much as possible and spends some of his time Turned out that he, his wife Tasha and daughter
building a 1934 H-D VLD. Welcome to the club Sonja, were planning to be in Grindelwald
Stu. Switzerland the same time we were. Vital
information was exchanged.
Schwingen in Switzerland with OTC!
After seeing the Isle of Man and Dorcet, England
By Tom Krise
from the seats of motorcycles (which is
I like to say the reason for our recent European altogether another story, along with visiting
trip is due to the fact that my loving wife relatives in Denmark and Belgium, bicycling
Stephanie hadn’t thrown me out of the house Spain’s Costa Brava, and living large in
after 25 years of marriage. In short, we were Barcelona), Stephanie and I found ourselves at
celebrating our Silver wedding anniversary. Knopf Tours in Heidelberg Germany.

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Stefan Knopf, the owner and operator, not only Having found my sea-legs on these alpen roads,
rents motorcycles, but stores and ships personal we cast off to Grindelwald by way of
motorcycles worldwide for riders who prefer to Innertkirchen and Interlaken on Highway 11. It
“tour on their own machines.” would be very difficult to top the scenery we
enjoyed that morning and the day before.
While visiting Stefan’s website1 last winter, I was
However, Grindelwald takes it to an entirely
pleased to discover Stefan maintains an older
different level. This popular Swiss resort town is
BMW R100GSPD in his rental fleet, the exact
nestled amongst three mountain peaks, Eiger,
BMW model I use for my domestic travels. This
Monch and Jungfrau.
was the bike for me, so we reserved it for our
seven day Swiss adventure.

Tom and Stephanie catch some Sun in the parking lot.

Tasha, Vahan, Sonja, Tom and Stephanie meet outside the chalet.
On July 29th we flew the majestic Airhead down
the German autobahn, maintaining an easy We met Vahan and Tasha at the museum in the
cruise of 130-160 KPH, reining in the big Beemer center of town, and they whisked us away to
significantly once we passed the Swiss border, their friend’s chalet. Vahan introduced us to their
with their rigorously-enforced speed limits. hosts, Markus and Natailie Roth and their
By late afternoon, we found ourselves at the handsome son Mike. Minutes later we were once
Gasthaus Bergheim2 our pension perched on a again off riding. We followed the Dinihanians and
steep mountainside in the village of Gurtnellen. the Roths in their small truck. The truck headed
Looking at the raw beauty around us, I was out on a narrow paved track threading up the
expecting Julie Andrews to come spiraling down mountainside towards, uh, where did Vahan say
the slope singing The Sound of Music! We chose we're going? A schwingfest? A wrestling meet? I
this location based on John Herrmann’s excellent had faith in Vahan to show us something a bit
book, Motorcycle Journeys through the Alps3. The extraordinary.
Gasthaus Bergheim is but a few kilometers from After a series of switchbacks, the narrow track
Andermatt, which is a hub city for a half dozen of turned to gravel. Thank goodness for the
the most wonderful motorcycling roads in Beemer’s legendary competence off-pavement!
Europe. If you are a motorcyclist who can find Eventually, we crested what we later learned was
God by riding delightfully scenic, twisty mountain Grosse Scheidegg Pass (1960m) and rejoined
roads, this is your heaven! pavement down the mountain’s opposite side to
The first full day had us sweeping over the Meiringen and Innertkirchen. We traced Highway
Olberalp Pass loop. Stephanie is a great 11 for a few kilometers east, where the little
passenger, and gave me her full trust in choices truck executed an abrupt left turn up another
of velocity and lean angles. She was pleased I narrow strip of tarmac. After several more
didn’t presume we could match the pace set by kilometers, when it seemed we were heading well
the legions of late-model sportbike pilots living beyond the edge of civilization, we arrived to a
on the edges of their tires and tachometers. field of parked cars and a stone-walled hotel.

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We had arrived at the Schwing-und-Älplerfest. Then there was wrestling. Schwingen (from
German schwingen "to swing") is the national
sport of Switzerland. Wrestlers wear
Schwinghosen ("wrestling breeches") with belts
used for taking holds. Throws and trips are
common. The first competitor to pin his
opponent's shoulders to the ground wins the
bout. Schwingen is as much a contest of
intelligence and cunning as it is of strength. The
athlete usually wins his match by outwitting and
outbalancing his opponent. Victors receive cow
bells, furniture or livestock.

The Schwing-und-Älplerfest at the Engstlenalp Hotel

Yes, I was a little skeptical of spending most of


our day at a Swiss wrestling meet, but my faith
in Vahan was well-placed! A carnival-like
atmosphere was apparent in this beautiful green
Swiss valley. Centered around two circular
sawdust arenas behind the Hotel Engstlenalp, the
Schwing-und-Älplerfest was circled by an array of
traditional food and beverage tents, along with
dozens of long tables and chairs. Many attendees
wore traditional Swiss garments and hats. Men’s The latest in Schwinghosen on display at the competition.
and women’s choirs and alpenhorns of various
lengths serenaded the crowd. A few hundred meters east of the festival
grounds, Stephanie and I hiked up a trail that
Great moving displays, like a parade of previous took us past the Engstlensee, a beautiful blue
schwing champions with their trophy bells, and glacier-fed lake. A short walk beyond the
dairy cattle lavishly decorated with mountain Engstlensee had us at the bottom of an operating
flowers and painted bells, were out and about. chairlift heading up to Jochpass. We declined to
take this chairlift, and hiked back to the fest to
join up again with Vahan and his crew. Too soon
later, we were saying goodbyes and thanks, while
gearing up for the ride back to Gurtnellen.
Stephanie and I were left with this impression: if
one wants to experience a grand display of Swiss
culture, a Schwing-und-Älplerfest is not to be
missed.
References:
1. Stefan’s Tours
http://www.knopftours.com
2. Gasthaus Bergheim
http://www.bergheim.ch.vu/
3. Motorcycle Journeys through the Alps
http://kingofthealps.com/BOOKS.aspx
Decorated dairy cows parade to the barn.

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The following minutes are from the AMCA Board Financials and Membership
Meeting held September 2, 2010. I’ve included Our membership is holding around 10,000, and
these minutes as provided by the AMCA the economies we instituted earlier in the year
Secretary. mean we have continued to manage without a
dues increase. We know the economy is pretty
Your AMCA Board
brutal out there, and we’ll continue to make sure
By Rocky Halter, President National AMCA every dollar of your money is spent carefully. The
We had eight hours in our Davenport Board current membership survey will give us a good
meeting last Thursday, 2 September, with basis on how to prioritize expenditure over the
another 100% turnout of our Directors. Here are coming years, and I urge all members to
the highlights: complete it this month.
2011 Board Web Site
This was at the end of the meeting, but I know We saw an early version of the new Website
you will want to know the results. Myself, Jim demonstrated, and were very impressed. That
Moore and Kevin Valentine stood down after 12 should be available to everyone now, and I
years Board service, and Del Schumacher after recommend you navigate the site and check out
eight. We elected Steve Dawdy, Fred Davis, all the cool features we have added. Emeritus
Lonnie Campbell and Roger Smith to serve from President Pete Gagan has volunteered to take on
January 2011. Kevin Valentine’s duties as our new Webmaster.
The first three are Chapter Presidents in Iowa, Internal Audit
Ohio and South Carolina, while Roger, who will Raymond Dhue runs a tight ship, but wants to
leave his present position as Secretary to the prove it to you, so we are setting up a three
Foundation Board, hails from Michigan. That person Internal Audit Committee to show that the
gives us a younger Board, with better geographic money is spent wisely and that correct
balance and interests in all makes of antique accounting procedures are followed.
bikes. As to Officers, Ray Dhue will remain as
Treasurer, but Richard Spagnolli takes over from Operations Manager
me as President, Trudi Johnson-Richards takes You’ve probably heard me complain that we deal
over from Del as Vice President, and Steve with a lot of small operational stuff at the Board
Slocombe replaces Trudi as Secretary. These are meetings, so we have added Operations Manager
big changes from when I first came on the Board, to the several hats worn by Bill Wood with help
and I believe I leave our Club in safe hands. from the editorial team. This will cost $25,000
per year, which we hope to see back in improved
Judging
coordination and more fruitful use of Board time.
Chief Judge Steve Dawdy presented the AMCA
Judging Handbook and Policy and Operating Volunteer Group
Procedures for the Judging Committee, and these We are always looking for volunteers to donate
were approved. We also approved a resumption time to the Club, and believe there are many
of the Judging Seminar program, with a 2011 skilled people we have yet to contact. The
session at Anamosa, Iowa, penciled in before the membership survey will give clues, and we plan
next Davenport National meet. for a Director to assess relevant skills and match
Club needs against volunteer availability.
We also agreed on new judging awards for next
year which are just as prestigious as the previous National Meet and Road Run Allowance
trophies, but carry the judging history on a single We had planned to discontinue these effective 1
plaque and are less costly to produce. Jerry January 2011, but heard several representations
Richards, Dave Lash and Don Spence were that this was a bad idea. We listened, debated
promoted to National Deputy Judges. We also the topic at the Board, and decided to reinstate
voted to return to our $10 preregistration fee, to the allowance at $500 each for National Meets
discourage owners from over-registering bikes and Road Runs (was $400 for Meets and $800 for
which then did not turn up on the judging field. Road Runs). While the sums are not large, and
many Chapters are in a comfortable financial
position, we want to continue to emphasize
National support for the Chapters.

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We would prefer the money be spent on Shown in the photo below are three 1915 Harleys
advertising your event. For small Chapters ridden by Urban S. Hirsch (71), Bill R Price III
holding their first event, and for coalitions of (72), and Drino Miller (73) all from California.
Chapters holding big events, we shall continue on Having just been unloaded from the truck in Kitty
request to front up money for publicity and Hawk, these Harleys had a long way to go to
organization which is repayable when registration reach the finish line.
fees start rolling in.
New Chapters
Your Board gave final approval to a new Great
Lakes Chapter, and to the Motociclette Americane
Harley and Indian Club in Italy. This is an
existing small Club becoming an AMCA Chapter,
and we expect others to follow. First approval
was also given to a potential Roosevelt Chapter
in North Dakota.
Chapter Presidents’ Meeting
On Saturday 4 September, 31 Chapter
representatives met with Del Schumacher,
myself, and other National Board members for a
couple of hours discussion of financial reporting
and other issues. We are now getting used to
each other and I believe these meetings are
Photo by John Welch
starting to improve Club communications as
intended.
Shown below is David Fusiak’s 1915 Harley J-
Registration Process model (17) receiving last minute preparations
Ray Dhue reported that Cornerstone Registration before heading out to the first checkpoint at
are making the Website easier to use when Greenville, North Carolina. David runs a home-
joining the Club or renewing membership, and based restoration busines Flat Out Vintage
these improvements should be finished by Motorbikes in New York. To see some of David’s
October lst. work: http://www.flatoutvintagemotorbike.com

Antique Motorcycle Cannonball Run


This September featured a new event for antique
motorcycles, their own Cannonball Run. A coast-
to-coast adventure spanning the southern United
States lasting 16 days.

Photo by John Welch

Starting at Kitty Hawk North Carolina, the course


covers 3300 miles to finish in Santa Monica,
California.

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For the Indian afficionado, here’s Shinya Kimura’s Year Rider St. Make
(80) 1915 C3 Big Twin Indian pictured here 1915 Jim Dennie NY Militaire
resting before the long journey ahead. 1915 Erik Dunk NY Harley
1915 Douglas Feinsod CA Indian
1915 David Fusiak NY Harley
1915 Scott Hall KS Pope
1915 Urban Hirsch III CA Harley
1915 Jim Hoffman WA Harley
1915 Steve Huntzinger CA Excelsior
1915 Paul James CA Indian
1915 Buzz Kanter CT Harley
1915 Shinya Kimura CA Indian
1915 David Kleptz IN Harley
1915 Fred Lange CA Harley
1915 Mike Madden CA Harley
1915 Ronald R Mattson CA Indian
1915 Rick McMaken WA Harley
1915 Drino Miller CA Harley
1915 Jim Petty SC Indian
Photo by John Welch 1915 William R Price III CA Harley
Listed below are registered Cannonball 1915 John K. Rhodes VA Henderson
participants prior to the start ordered by year of 1915 Cristine Sommer- HI Harley
motorcycle manufacture. Also listed is the rider’s Simmons
home State (DE = Germany) and manufacturer. 1915 Vince Spadaro CA Harley
Oregon wasn’t represented with an entry in this 1915 Buddy Stubbs AZ Excelsior
year’s race. 1915 Wayne Stanfield CA Harley
1915 Kris Thompson NE Henderson
Year Rider St. Make 1915 Dale Walksler NC Harley
1907 Katrin Boehner DE JAP 1915 Paul Watts CA Harley
1910 Edward Zalonski CT Flying Merkel
Here, the bikes are lined up for a group photo
1911 Sean Brayton RI Indian before the start. Only a portion of the entries are
1911 Jon Szalay NJ Harley shown here. It’s clear this ride was quite popular
1912 Dave Kafton CA Harley with antique motorcycle enthusiasts around the
1913 Dieter Eckel DE BSA country.
1913 Bill Nugent NY Sears
1913 Matt Olsen SD Sears
1913 Mike Vils CA Excelsior
1913 Pete Young CA Premier
1913 Bradford Wilmarth VA Excelsior
1913 Larry Wood FL Harley
1914 Victor Boocock CA Harley
1914 Jeffrey Decker UT Harley
1914 Joseph Gardella MI Harley
1914 John Hollansworth AR Indian
1914 Vince Martinico CA Pope
1914 Bill Rodencal WI Harley
1914 David Thompson NE Indian
1914 Alan Travis AZ Excelsior
1914 Frank Westfall NY Henderson
1915 Stephen Barber NY Harley
1915 David Bettencourt CA Harley Photo by John Welch
1915 Bill Campbell MA Harley
1915 Michael Ceklovsky CA Harley

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If you’re reading this on your computer and have September Meeting Minutes
the latest software, click the image below to view By Shannon Kelley
a short clip of the Ballers on their way to the
Gene called the meeting to order at 2:19 pm on
Chattanooga Tennessee checkpoint. If your
September 11, 2010. The meeting was held at
sound is turned on, you can hear the bikes as
the Powerland Texaco Station. Attendees: Pat &
they pass by.
Carol Smith, Jane Edmiston, Gene Walker, Ben
Beberness, Gary & Shannon Kelley, Tom Ruttan,
Paul Wright, Don & Gail Woodard, Chuck Hodson,
Jackie Nonae and Nils Olson.
The August minutes were read and approved.
Correspondence/Business/Reports
I received the September 2nd National meeting
minutes from Trudi. These were sent out via
email and included in this edition of the OTC
newsletter.
Please complete the 2010 AMCA Member survey
Video by Phil Kopp available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/amca or
View additional videos and photographs from the in the magazine. Complete your survey by
Coker Tire Checkpoint in Chattanooga at Phil’s September 30, 2010.
website: http://phil.micapeak.com/mc/mc1.html Treasurers’ Report
Antique Motorcycle Cannonball Results Tom reported road run results. Tom suggested
Listed below are Cannonball competitors who we consider costs vs value on future events.
were able to complete the course (3179 miles) to Treasurers’ report approved.
Laughlin NV. Laughlin is the last stop before the New Business
finish in Santa Monica CA.
NWVCM Museum is hosting an open house
October 16th, 1-4 pm. Ken Austin is the guest
Year Rider St. Make
speaker. His rare model K Ford will be on display.
1913 Bradford Wilmarth VA Excelsior OTC members are invited to attend. Please ride
1914 Alan Travis AZ Excelsior and display your antique bikes!
1915 Rick McMaken WA Harley
1915 Fred Lange CA Harley 2012 National Road Run
1915 Wayne Stanfield CA Harley Ben talked to Mike Brown at Tenino. John
1915 Steve Huntzinger CA Excelsior Crawford was also there. Evergreen wants to get
1915 David Kleptz IN Harley together and discuss a joint national run.
1915 Mike Madden CA Harley Splitting the work/cost would be nice. Ben
1915 David Fusiak NY Harley mentioned a new resort at Carson as a possible
1915 Steven Barber NY Harley location for a combined run. Pretty riding, and a
nice area. Shannon will check with the national
I’d like to thank John Welch for sharing his organization to make sure two groups can
photos from Kitty Hawk NC and Phil Kopp who combine to do a national event. Gene and TomR
caught up with the race in Chattanooga TN to volunteered to meet with the Evergreen folks to
capture the video. You’ll find the final results and discuss the division of responsibilities for a 2012
a lot more on this year’s Antique Motorcycle National Run.
Cannonball Run at: 2011 Chapter Road Run
http://motorcyclecannonball.com
Jane suggested two locations to add to the list of
possible 2011 Run locations, McMinnville and
Yachats. A majority of those at the meeting
expressed their desire to go somewhere other
than McMinnville next year. Yachats was met with
approval and was added to the destination list for
2011.

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Gary volunteered to lead the 2011 Road Run If you are unable to attend our Business Meetings
Committee. Gary and TomR, will gather you can still help plan next year’s run. Contribute
information on site accommodations, facilities, your thoughts, suggestions or even better, sign-
pricing, and availabiliy. up for one of the opportunities above by email
garyk@amcaotc.org or by phone 503-537-0802.
OTC 20th Anniversary Celebration
I’m looking forward to working with you to make
Ben suggested we have a member’s only event next year’s run an enjoyable experience for
for our 20th anniversary. The 2nd Saturday in everyone.
September was agreed as the event date.
Shannon volunteered to organize the event, send Granny’s Giggles Childrens Books
invites, track reservations, find a location and
By Rosie Singhose
report progress next month. Mark you calendars.
Ben motioned, Jane seconded. Motion passed. I've got eight more kids books online now. What
a job that has been! I put them all out at the
Meeting adjourned at 3:10 same time as it's a series with my favorite
squirrel. I think I'm going to give the motorcycle
October Business Meeting Agenda
journal a rest for a bit and work on another book
The October Business Meeting is being held at I've had in mind for awhile. It's a collection of
the Powerland Texaco Station on October 9, 2010 short, funny stories based on our rides but not so
at 2:00PM. Topics we’ll discuss: much sticking to the facts.
Review of September meeting minutes Until October 15, 2010, you can purchase
Treasurers’ report GRANNY'S GIGGLES books with a 15% discount
(maximum $10 savings) using coupon code
2011 Road Run location discussion
FALLREAD305 at checkout http://www.lulu.com.
20th Anniversary Party planning
2012 National Event planning OTC Forum Classifieds
Solicit new business By Our Members
Our Business Meetings are where we discuss 1951 FL, 3 speed and reverse transmission with
issues important to the operation of the Chapter. 1941 sidecar. Very nice outfit, runs great, fresh
Your thoughts are needed to make decisions for rebuilt Linkert, interior of sidecar in nice shape,
the future. We hope to see you there. spare tire on the sidecar. Email
gene@roguehawg.com for more information and
2011 Chapter Road Run pictures or call 541-944-7641.
Road Run dates are July 21~23, 2011. These 1940 Knucklehead Frame, uncut, with sidecar
locations are under consideration: loops, tool box strap etc. The tool strap has some
extra holes drilled in it by previous owner. There
Silverton (Oregon Gardens)
is a small fork stop, which would be easy to
Yachats (Adobe Inn) remove, under the neck. For information or
John Day photos, email gene@roguehawg.com
Gary is looking for volunteers to help with these 3 Scouts for sale.
Road Run tasks:
1 1938 Scout with rebuilt motor and matching
Meal Chairperson frame.
Greeters and registration staffing 2 45-inch in a 741 frame. Needs finishing with
the wiring and misc stuff to get it running.
Registration packets
Painted a beautiful, $1500.00, 2-tone blue.
Run advertising and collateral 3 52-inch in a 741 frame. Has the vertical twin
Route selection / Road Captains front forks and wheel, TT warrior rear wheel
Awards and Jr. Scout tanks.
Chase vehicle All three motors rebuilt by Ken Edmiston. Contact
Ben Beberness, bbeberness@aol.com

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Original 1973 FLH Electra Glide. Acquired last fall


from the original owner. It’s a great runner, has
new Oregon tags, new Dunlop tires, and new HD
battery. For information or photos, email
gene@roguehawg.com. $8000.00
Note: OTC Forum Classifieds are available to all
AMCA members registered on the OTC Forum.
Advertisements posted on the forum are listed
here when space is available. Please remove your
ads from the forum as soon as possible following
the sale.

Halloween Word Find

Jaguar

Sir William Lyons, shown on his Harley-Davidson


in 1922, worked as a salesman for the Sunbeam
dealer in his hometown of Blackpool, Lancashire
England. William Walmsley opened a shop next
door in 1921, converting military motorcycles for
civilian use and building sidecars.
The two motorcycle enthusiasts met when Lyons
bought a sidecar and on September 1922, the
two men founded Swallow Sidecar Co.
Swallow Sidecar Co. began to manufacture
automobiles in 1927. In 1928, Lyons changed the
name of the company to SS Cars Ltd. In 1935,
SS Cars Ltd. introduced the Jaguar SS 100
Saloon. It was the first model to bear the name
“Jaguar.” SS Cars Ltd changed its name to Jaguar
after WW2 for obvious reasons. This September
Jaguar celebrates 75 years of the marque.

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