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Sunday, 12 June 2011


by Richard Croston


    We are always faced with lots of choices. Whether it is what helmet to buy or what jacket to buy, and of course what motorcycle to buy. Once we have made all those choices we must decide which model to pick. I find one of my biggest decisions is which rallies to attend. It seems like during motorcycle season there are at least two or three rallies per weekend.


     As a working man with a family, I don’t have every weekend to devote to motorcycle rallies. It makes it hard to choose which ones to attend and which ones to pass on. It is hard to choose because I have friends and clubs that I really would like to be with.


     There is one event that without a doubt I choose to attend every year. This event is the Airheads at the Aerodrome Campout. In 2008, I was honored to present awards from the Vintage Motorcycle Club (VBMWMO, Ltd.). It was quite a hoot. In 2009, at the annual dinner people gathered around with their bikes expecting an Airhead judging like the previous year. I expressed that I had nothing to present and I saw disappointment among the people gathered there. As a member of the Veterans Motorcycle Club of America, (BMW VMCA), I shared this with the president Richard Sheckler. He got right back to me and expressed that the club would like me to present awards from the VMCA for the 2010 rally. I immediately agreed and was greatly honored.


     When I arrived at the rally it was awesome. I saw so many familiar faces, and among them was Michael Friedle  who is always there to greet everyone. For those who do not know who Michael Friedle is, he is the one who has put this rally on for the past fourteen years. Let me tell you, he does an outstanding job.


     After saying hello to all of my rally friends, I settled down with Richard Sheckler and Bob Zronek who came all the way out from Ohio. We caught up on bikes and life. Saturday morning was a ride to the Aerodrome, which is an awesome vintage working airfield. I have been there several times so I chose to go for a ride with my good friend Jack Van Loon to Woodstock, New York instead. That was quite an experience. If you have not been there you need to go there at least once in your life, and once is enough. Jack and I sat on a park bench eating Ben and Jerry’s watching all the folks who haven’t gotten out of the 1960’s.



     Jack and I got back just in time for the most incredible rally dinner that you will ever have. The dinner was put on by Michael, his family, and his friends. Michael always has goodies to give out after the dinner and the award ceremony followed. I had three of the most awesome judges. They were Charles Gall, Gene Levesque, and Scotty Opperman. Rhyder McClure was presented the award for the oldest BMW, a 1959 R50, Dover white. Best sidecar went to Ray Becker, a unique and special sidecar. Best of show went to Nat Kirkpatrick, a beautiful restored Daytona orange R90S, 1975. Judges choice went to Daniel Falgerho who received most persistent troubleshooting. Best twin and well deserved, a 1984 red and white Motoguzzi V65SP went to Leigh Ann Zaollino. Michael Friedle had to help me with this one, because he knew how far people traveled to come to the rally. The longest distance award went to Marina Ackerson who rode her red F650GS Twin from Michigan. Awesome, Marina!


Michael Friedle and assistant


     It is always sad for me when this rally ends, but I look forward to the upcoming rally in 2011. This is a very popular rally and you need to call in and reserve a spot ahead of time, I really encourage anyone who likes to have fun at a rally to come to this one. You can count on seeing me there.



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