The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine
15th Annual Antique Bikes On Main
By Wally Wersching he 15th Annual “Antique Bikes on Main” was held on July 26th, 27th, and 28th. The last weekend in July has usually been the hottest weekend of the summer, but this year it was comfortable on both Saturday and Sunday with plenty of sun, and temps in upper 80’s to low 90’s. The small southern town of Chesnee, SC was the place to be if you love old motorcycles. The festival started as a one-day event with the Sunday Antique Bike Show on Main Street . It has grown into a three-day event with the free swap meet on Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday, and the bike show on Sunday. The Chesnee City Fest is held on all three days, too. There are many free concerts and shows throughout the weekend. Dennis Harris from Chesnee Classic Cycle and the city of Chesnee are responsible for the growth, and promotion of the event. The members of the local “Legends Chapter” of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) announced that Dale Walksler from Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC will be their 2019 “Legend of the Year” for his contributions to the World of Motorcycles. They made a plaque for him along with placing his name on the “Legends of the Year” trophy next to other “Legends of the Year”: Wall of Death rider Wahl E. Walker; Motor Maid: Betty Fauls (daughter of M.M. co-founder Dot Robinson) and drag racing legend: Pete Hill. I like to get to the event early on both Saturday and Sunday – before it gets too hot, and over-crowded. I don’t get to hear the bands or see the parade, but I see all I want and meet
friends with the same idea. On Saturday, I arrived at about 10:30am. I looked for Dennis. I couldn’t find him. He was out and about. I walked around the swap-meet field, and saw many interesting parts, and motorcycles. Everything was for sale. As I passed each tent, I could hear the owner and a customer talking about a specific part that the customer needed. It’s hard to sell at a swap meet. If you sell early, you might be selling too cheap but if you wait till the end, you might just have to bring the stuff home again. The same dilemma is with the buyers. Do you buy early or wait till the end? If it’s a rare part that you need to complete a project bike, how much will you spend? No matter what, it’s always fun.