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HARLEY-DAVIDSON 115th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

Bradford Beach Brawl, Run What Ya Brung, street parties, the Moto Carnival and more!

by DMAC
9/11/2018


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Harley-Davidson rocked the 115th like no other celebration before!
 
 Harley Davidson and the City of Milwaukee hosted the 115th celebration that would have made William Harley and the three Davidson brothers: Arthur, William and Walter proud.

Instead of being hosted at the Summerfest Park as in previous events, there were multiple locations in and around Milwaukee that gave participants more variety and events centered on motorcycles and less on big name concert productions. More local acts performed on various stages scattered throughout events around the city, and only one big name country concert on September 1st featuring Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker was held at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, with Russel Dickerson as the opening act.



Willie G, Nancy, and Michael found themselves catching some rays downtown by the Museum
 
 
Waiting for the four “Rides Home” to the 115th meet on the square. Riders came from San Diego, CA, Portland, OR, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Portland Maine on the pilgrimage to Milwaukee over anywhere from a 6 to 9 day organized ride. The rest of us who rode in did so on our own agendas.

Information on the HD sponsored rides and their destinations can be found:

https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/events/rides-home.html



I was able to find on display, the 1934 CAC Cinder Track Racer OHV Single sold to the Museum by Nick and Veronica Muth from Nick’s Custom Cycles and Salvage in Williamstown, NJ. Veronica and Nick were glad to hear their “baby” was doing fine and being well cared for!

According to the display, “During the ‘20s and ‘30s, speedway racing was held on tight ovals covered in cinders. In 1934, Harley-Davidson produced 20 trial motorcycles and five spare engines designed for this type of short-track racing – just a handful still exist.
 
The CAC model was designed with the assistance of famed Harley racer Joe Petrali. It has a single-cylinder “30.50” engine, which produced 32 HP at 5600 RPM with an impressive compression ration of 16.5:1. The CAC was available for $465.
 
Just one year after it’s introduction, focus shifted to the more popular class “C” racing circuit and the project was eliminated. Was filled racing pan seat conforms to rider when warmed. Knobby Speedway tires. Knee hook helped with leverage for sliding through track corners. Cast parts including tanks, air box, and engine components stamped with “EX” experimental numbers – Unrestored.”




The oldest known Harley – under glass.




Riders from around the world, not just the four corners of the USA (and the nation in between), could be found exploring the many areas of the museum with keen interest.







No visit to Milwaukee isn’t complete without a stop at the POWERTRAIN OPERATIONS TOUR in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. It’s here, where you can see the dissected Milwaukee Eight, the precision of robotics, and the many components that bring this engine to life. Unfortunately, cameras aren’t allowed on the inside of the factory.







Local Harley-Dealerships, and there were 7 total to choose from – partied all day and night with babes, bands, and beer overflowing!







Everybody dressed for the occasion!





NO BULL!!!







Somebody’s tired – too much Moto Carnival!




Moto Carnival and the HOG Check-In – Mexico checks into the event!





All Out Dyno Drags – and the winner is???????
www.alloutdynodrags.com



Friday brought throttle twisting and the the Run What Ya Brung Drags sponsored by Harley-Davidson and held at the Great Lakes Dragway in Union Grove, Wisconsin.



This quarter-mile drag strip originally built in 1955 hosted stunt riders, locals, vintage and new iron bringing their best game onto the track.












Taking a step back into time, the 115th Anniversary Harley-Davidson Bradford Beach Brawl presented by TROG (The Race of Gentlemen) was held Saturday, September 1st on the shores of Lake Michigan.



The weather started with a downpour that morning, but cleared up around 2:30 pm and make for mud, muck and more! Dirt, dirt, sand and more dirt was kicked up over the quarter mile oval track on the shoreline.



Traction was hard to be found – but the classes for Sportsters, 45s, Hooligans, etc…performed for the die-hards in the crowd, sticking out the weather!















Czech Republic at the TROG!



























 
Intermission!




Inspiration…Mama Tried!
The next generation.

Here’s to letting pictures speak the words for the Harley-Davidson 115th event – 2018 – and I was on the long road home.






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