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November in Savannah, GA means it is time for the annual Victory Moto Show. This year's event was held at Service Brewing Company on Indian Street in historic downtown Savannah. 
This regional show is fast gaining national attention, and this year featured new retro-vintage bikes on display by Janus Motorcyclesof Goshen, Indiana. The show is promoted by Anna Heritage and her staff; and Anna comes from a family of bike riders. Her immaculate red and white Honda CL350 was displayed, and her dad Kevin and uncle Rich also ride and race vintage bikes.
Upon arriving I found close to 100 bikes parked outside, including vintage Indian, Triumph, Honda, and Harleys of various years. Across the street I spotted a few vintage flat track racers mingled in with an assortment of street bikes. A large crowd of spectators were admiring the parked bikes outside while enjoying gourmet pizza cooked on a wood fire stove by Anna's mom, Kay and her crew from Big Bon Pizza! Stepping inside, there were several vendors displaying an assortment of motorcycle related products and services. I suspect our LowCountry Chapter 77 of the AMCA will be one of these vendors next year!
Continuing further inside to the auditorium size brewing floor, a stunning array of artistically presented bikes were placed next to the large stainless steel vats used for brewing craft beer. On display were over 50 assorted vintage, café, custom, and stock motorcycles showing the diversity clearly present in current motorcycling. The high quality of restoration, preservation, modification, was evident, and the custom creativity was remarkable. There were 3 Kawasaki 2-stroke triples in preserved state, nicely hot-rodded Hondas, rare bikes like the clean Laverda triple and barn-find Norton P11, Harley customs and dual sport BMWs, as well as assorted vintage and modern Triumphs.
The show winner was an early Honda CL350 owned by local Savannah College of Art and Design graduate Julia Wheatley . The bike has an interesting history. Once owned by a young girl back in the early 1970s, it got stolen and given up as dead until recovered just a few years back in typical dilapidated state (crusty, rusty, and corroded). 
Sold to one of our chapter members who passed it over to local vintage bike shop Coastal Empire Moto, they worked magic by giving it a second life. The stunning paint work on the tank and headlight ears was all done by the new owner. This CL scrambler was truly deserving of "Best of Show". Not bad for a 50 year old motorcycle.
LowCountry chapter 77 participated in the event by awarding the "Spirit of Preservation" award to a bike we felt represented the goals of the AMCA. Meeting with several members in attendance, after much debate, we unanimously selected the 1970 Triumph TR6R as the award winner. Owned by Chad Faries of Thunderbolt, GA it has original parts and paint, and only minor few deviations for stock. Nicely preserved and presented, it also won the "People's Choice" award.
You might want to plan a 2019 vacation visit to Savannah next November to attend the annual Victory Moto Show. You will also enjoy the scenic history and beauty of this southern town, where preservation of buildings, landscapes, and motorcycles is a way of life.

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