The area's largest and oldest motorcycle event rumbles into St. Augustine Saturday as the 19th annual Riding into History honors “A Fast Blast from the Past,” celebrating competition motorcycles.
Motorcycle racer Scott Parker and tuner/builder Bill Werner are the grand marshals, already joining Friday's historic motorcycle tour through Florida's back roads as well as the concours event's annual pre-show dinner. They join Saturday's action as an estimated 300 motorcycles, some as old as a Pierce and some Harley-Davidsons dating back to 1911, are expected to line the Walk of Champions at World Golf Village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"It's really important to enjoy the sport and keeping the history of the motorcycles alive," concours chairwoman Marina Alley said. "Since the concours started, we have been able to give over $500,000 to charity. We have given K-9s for Warriors over $160,000 in four years and named six dogs."
The concours features antique, vintage, race and custom motorcycles from across the nation at the World Golf Village lakefront at Exit 323 on Interstate 95 near St. Augustine. The event includes a special display of Harley-Davidson XR750 flat track racers, as well as a Sons of Speed board track racer display. Those are racing motorcycles with antique motors that look like the board track racers popular before World War I.
"Most of those [Sons of Speed] bikes are local and do the racing in New Smyrna and that's really exciting," Alley said. "These are century-old bikes going 100 mph with no brakes; pretty crazy."
Riding into History will also include a collection of motorcycles to be examined and scored by teen judges as part of the Hagerty Youth Judging program that introduces younger fans to classic cars and motorcycles. The motorcycles are all past Riding into History winners.
Motorcyclists can ride to the concours in the Adamec Harley-Davidson Charity Ride starting 10 a.m. Saturday at Adamec Harley-Davidson, 8909 Baymeadows Road and costing $20 per motorcycle with proceeds to benefit K-9s for Warriors.
Admission to the Riding into History concours is $15, proceeds also benefiting the program that gives service dogs to veterans of recent military conflicts.
Information and registration is at ridingintohistory.org.
Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549