And the winners are…

Seriously, everyone who came out the the show and ride last Saturday won, because the event was fuelled with love for the ride.  Beautiful machines of all makes and models were parked all along Spring Street, the weather was bright and the 1913 V-Ray trophy sat proud once more in the heart of Elgin, IL.

Anyone who entered the show received a ballot and voted for their favorite rides.

  • Best Modern American – Glen Fruhstuck’s 2007 Harley Davidson Springer Classic
  • Best Modern European – Kurt J. Engle’s 2012 Moto Guzzi V7-Cafe Racer
  • Best Modern Japanese – Eric Lauderdale’s 2004 Honda Valkyrie Rune
  • Best Modern Scooter – Mike Lilly’s 2012 Honda Ruckus
  • Best Classic American – Jim Lehane’s 1935 Harley Davidson VL FlatHead
  • Best Classic European – Crag Biglad’s 1966 BMW R69s
  • Best Classic Japanese – Craig Stettner’s 1973 Kawasaki Z1-900
  • Best Classic Scooter – Phil Pace’s 1978 Vespa P200
  • Best Custom Cruiser – Rick Jefferson’s 1990 Harley Davidson FLHTC
  • Best Custom Sportbike – Rick Johnson’s 2004 Harley Davidson Springer Soft tail FXSTS
  • Best Custom Chopper / Bobber – Chris Zemko’s 2011 “Special Construction” custom
  • Best Custom Cafe – Robert Clarizio’s 1974 Honda CB750
  • Best In Show – Jim Lehane’s 1935 Harley Davidson VL FlatHead
Photo Credit - Alice Moring

Jim Lehane’s love of his ride shows.

Time and Location

Let’s fill downtown Elgin, IL with every make a model of motorcycle and scooter today.

Remember, this event is FREE and family friendly if you just want to walk around and view the motorcycles, scooters, vendors and memorabilia, and the show is open from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

If you want to enter your motorcycle or scooter in the show, registration opens at 10:00am and there is a $10 fee.

The Elgin Fire Museum will be taking donations and running a Burnout Pit.

At 4:00pm there is a ride that will follow the original Elgin National Road Race route for anyone who drove their motorcycle or scooter.  There is no charge for this ride.

When riders return to DuPage Court, they can check out the vendors, memorabilia, eat, drink, or shop and My Lazy Elephant will perform from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

There’s a high set for 84 degrees today.  Ride in, burn out, and we’ll see you downtown.

For directions, MapQuest Al’s Cafe and Creamery at 43 DuPage Ct, Elgin, IL or click the link below.

Preparation – 1913

100 years ago, in preparation for the first nationally sanctioned motorcycle race, gallons of oil were being poured over the dirt roads of the Elgin National Road Race course to give it a “smoothness like mahogany”.  Gasoline for the 45 registered racers was held in a barn before being transported to the racetrack.  The racers were no doubt getting their wool sweaters and caps ready, no matter the temperature or weather, as that was their only protection from a crash.

On this Saturday, July 6th, we will welcome all makes and models of motorcycles and scooters in Downtown Elgin’s DuPage Court as we celebrate this 100 year anniversary.  This is a family friendly event, FREE admission, unless you’d like to enter your motorcycle or scooter in our show.  There’s a $10 fee for the show, and all registrants will get a ballot to vote for their favorites.

We’ll have a wide range of vendors on site, as well as plenty of restaurants and shops all within walking distance from the show.  Bring the whole family and spend the day, there will be a burn out pit, vintage motorcycles, photography, paintings and museum memorabilia on display.

Around 4:00pm, all riders are welcome to parade along the same route as those 43 (two racers never started) original riders, and when we return to DuPage Court, My Lazy Elephant will play from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

100 years of motorcycle race history, it sounds like a great way to spend the day.  We hope to see you in the court this Saturday.  Ride in, burn out!

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The V-Ray Trophy – Home Again

If you missed “Motorcycle Racing in Elgin” yesterday at the Elgin Area Historic Museum, you missed out on some spectacular stories about the 1913 race and riders.  The V-Ray trophy that was won by Charles “Fearless” Balke in 1913 will still be there at the museum, on display, for another month.

Balke died young, and unexpectedly.  His trophy was placed in an attic until this century, when it was donated to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.  And once again, placed in storage.

Thanks to the efforts of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Elgin Area Historic Museum’s, the trophy has been shipped back to Elgin, IL and is on display for one month’s time.

1913 – 2013

Welcome home.

1913 - 2013 Welcome Home to Elgin, IL

1913 – 2013 Welcome Home to Elgin, IL

Sponsor or Vendor – Forms Available HERE

Today we’ll be at the Elgin Area Historic Museum at 360 Park Street, Elgin IL from 2:00 – 4:00pm for a presentation on “Motorcycle Racing in Elgin”.


After 100 years, the original V-Ray Trophy is back home, and on display in this Elgin museum.


Feel free to contact us here, or download and print Sponsorship and Vendor info here.  Let’s do this.

ESN Sponsorship Doc

Elgin National Vendor Application

Award Categories for the July 6th Show

Categories for the Motorcycle & Scooter show:


  • American
  • European
  • Japanese
  • Scooter

Classic (Pre-1983)

  • American
  • European
  • Japanese
  • Scooter


  • Sport Bike
  • Cruiser
  • Chopper / Bobber
  • Cafe

Best of Show

Bikes will be judged by participants in the motorcycle show.  One ballot will be given out with every paid registration for the show.  It will be possible for an entry to win both its category, and Best of Show.

Charles “Fearless” Balke

Charles “Fearless” Balke

“He returned to Indian as their star rider and in his crowning achievement, won America’s first national motorcycle road race at Elgin, Illinois on July 4, 1913.”  Follow the link to learn more about Charles “Fearless” Balke, or attend this Sunday’s talk at the Elgin Area Historical Society at 2:00pm.  (Link used with gracious permission from Mark Dill.)

Dupage County Derby Dames

Thanks for the support, Dupage Derby Dames!  Welcome, we’re glad you’re part of this event.  Visit the dames on Facebook and give them a ‘LIKE’, and visit them in DuPage Court on July 6th. on Facebook. on the web.