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Casbah’s A Tale of Olde Iron

By Jodie McDougall

Historic and quaint downtown Melbourne was the perfect setting to revisit antique iron when the “Bikes of Days Gone By” was held for its third year.  Despite the fact that the show was held the same weekend as Leesburg Bike Fest lots of tattooed men and perspiring women braved the hot sun to mingle, reminisce, swap stories, enjoy good times and camaraderie during the afternoon event.

The 85 entries provided visual eye candy in all categories which later in the afternoon organizer Jim Kuhman presented awards to winners in different classes such as Best Euro, Best Indian, Bobber, Chopper, Best H-D which admittedly was a broad category but that win went to Ron Carpenter with the 49 Panhead and last but not least a Best in Show win to “Cadillac Ken” Caskey owner of the 1953 Sunbeam St. Deluxe.

If all the cool antique iron were not enough, supporter Matt’s Casbah Restaurant provided outdoor patio dining and a live band to keep it all jumpin!

All in all, the well coordinated planning and support from local motorcycle lawyer Brad Sinclair, Precision Powdercoating, New England Eatery, Steve at Art Lab, Doug’s A-1 Locksmith and other additional participants exceeded my expectations and was a pleasant surprise.

Stay cool on the stool and ride safe!

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