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Old 09-07-2009, 09:20 AM   #1
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Default Pewter Run Vintage Bike Event in New Hampshire

Got back from competing in the Pewter Run yesterday in the back country of New Hampshire. I rode my 1924 Harley JD and my pal Jim Sims rode my 1948 "Crustoration" Harley Panhead we redid in American Iron Magazine a couple of years ago.

This is the first time we'd tried this one and have to say it was a lot of fun with some great old motorcycles in a beautiful part of the country.

The event is open to pre-1950 motorcycles and I guess about 15 registered for the ride this year. The oldest was my 1924 Harley, the next oldest was a very cool looking and great running 1925 Henderson Four. A handful of Indians (one with a sidecar) and a bunch of British motorcycles too.

All the riders are given racer bibs to wear (hey, I was drooling on a few of the bikes) and a route sheet. We leave the start one bike at a time every 30 seconds and have to make it to the various check points. Then we need to make it back to the start/finish at a predetermined time based on the projected speed of each bike.

If you are even one second early you are disqualified.And the bike that comes in closest to the projected time without coming it too soon, wins the class.

As the only bike in the pre-1925 class I won with my 1924 Harley. But much to my amazement I believe I was the best time of the day with only 7 seconds. I'd like to believe it was due to my talent but the reality is it was more dumb luck than skill on my part.

Info at www.pewterrun.com and hope to run an article with some photos in American Iron Magazine in a few months.
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