"MEET AT THE ACE - A Summer Shakedown 2012" Vintage Motorcycle & Scooter Festival

August 25, 2012 - August 26, 2012

It's time to KICK START YOUR ENGINES! Join us for the first-ever MEET AT THE ACE and bring the whole family!

Brought to you by America’s Car Museum and Ace Cafe London.

Event Features

Museum Exhibits, Judged Concours with Awards, Rides in vintage Microcars and our Ford Model T, Awards Ceremony, BMX, Motorcycle-themed movie, motorcycle culture celebrities including Mark Gardiner, Mark Wilsmore, Michael Lichter and Lance Lambert, shop talk, panel discussions, Beer Garden, food and live music!

Vintage Motorcycles & Scooters:
The Concours is open to all makes manufactured before 1980

Expected Marques:
BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Lambretta, Moto Guzzi, Norton, Royal Enfield, Triumph, Vespa, Vincent

Any modern motorcycles & scooters welcome to attend.

Dates & Schedule of Activities

Friday, August 24th - Welcome and early registration, 5-8pm (museum lobby)
Saturday, August 25th - Concours & Music Festival 8am-7pm (museum + showfield)
Sunday, August 26th - Ride to Rainier motorcycle ride with VME 8:30am (museum plaza)

Click here to download the schedule of activities

For more information and questions before or after museum hours (10am - 5pm), contact Sandy Scott (sandy.scott@lemaymuseum.org or cell 541.222.0808) or Diane Fitzgerald (diane@fitzrich.com or cell 312.543.5732).


Americas Car Museum & Haub Family Show Field
2702 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
T: 253.779.8490

What Vintage Motorcycles/Scooters Will You Bring? Any motorcycle or scooter that is 1980 or older qualifies as "vintage" and participation in the Concours Judging.

1st Vehicle: $40
2nd Vehicle: $25
All Additional Vehicles: $15
(Please include year, make, model, and engine cc)


All Day Saturday Pass (general public & modern motorcycle attendees) - $25

  • Friday - Welcome and early registration 5-8pm
  • Saturday - All Day Pass 8am-7pm
  • Saturday - 10am-5pm museum admission, Concerts on the Show Field Beginning at 3pm,

Vintage Motorcycle & Scooter Participant - $40
  • Friday - Welcome and early registration 5-8pm
  • Saturday - All Day Pass 8am-7pm
  • Saturday - 10am-5pm museum admission, Concerts on the Show Field Beginning at 3pm, Show Field Reserved Parking

Military/Students/Seniors over 65 - $18
  • Friday - Welcome and early registration 5-8pm
  • Saturday - All Day Pass 8am-7pm
  • Saturday - 10am-5pm museum admission, Concerts on the Show Field Beginning at 3pm

Music Festival Pass - $15
Includes: Concerts on the Show Field Beginning at 3pm

Sunday "Ride to Rainier" with VME - $10
Includes: Sunday "Ride to Rainier" with VME commencing on ACM's Plaza at 8:30am;  lunch in Elbe, WA + gifts presented; VME members ride FREE

Youth Admission (5-12 years old; must be accompanied by an adult) - $8
Includes: Saturday All Day Pass 8am-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm museum admission

Child Admission (Under 5 years old; must be accompanied by an adult) - Free
Includes: Saturday All Day Pass 8am-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm museum admission

Event Gear and Posters:
Event T-Shirt - $20
Baseball Cap - $15
Small Poster - $10
Large Poster - $15


Download the below document, complete and mail to PO Box 1117, Tacoma, WA 98401 or fax to 253.779.8499.

Registration form PDF (click to download)

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Vintage Motorcycle & Scooter Participants & Dealers:

Contact Burt Richmond (burt@fitzrich.com) OR 312-951-8981.

Entertainment will include:

MEET AT THE ACE Motorcycle Culture Celebrities

Mark Wilsmore & Ace Cafe London (www.ace-cafe-london.com)
Injected at a young age, petrol and motorcycles flow through Mark Wilsmores veins in equal measure.  Early influences of revving bikes and rock n roll music began a lifelong love affair with the culture, clothes, music and the myths that surround them, making his knowledge and attention to detail legendary.
Time passed, as did the glory days of the British Motorcycle Industry and the rock n roll scene, but the dream lived on and in 1994, driven by his passion, he staged an event to mark the Ace Cafes closure in 1969.  12,000 people attended this first Ace Cafe Reunion, which has since been held every year, attracting over 150,000 visitors.
It was Marks vision that brought the iconic cafe, back from dereliction, to the point where today it is the worlds most famous and charismatic destination and pitstop for the global petrolhead community.  Visit www.ace-cafe-london.com.

Michael Lichter,
former be-bop jazz drummer turned leading international motorcycle photographer and author of 1,000 articles on motorcycles and custom bikes. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and are owned by IBM, Kraft Foods and Sun Microsystems, to name a few. http://www.lichterphoto.com.

Mark Gardiner,
author of Riding Man, a memoir which chronicles his exploits at the historic International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) road race in the early 2000s, joins us for the 1st annual Meet at the Ace. “Back when I was club-racing in Calgary (Canada) in the early ‘90s, I always loved getting a spring tune-up race in Seattle,” said Gardiner, who’s written three books about motorcycles. “If anything, the motorcycle culture in Seattle is even more vibrant these days. I know Seattle’s avid café racers will come out to ‘Meet at the Ace,’ and I can’t wait to hang out with them again.”

Ten years ago, Gardiner quit his job, sold everything he owned and moved to the Isle of Man to study the TT course and train there. His goal was to see if an ordinary motorcyclist could qualify for, and finish, the notoriously dangerous TT, which he did. The TT - which began in 1907 - is the oldest motorcycle racing circuit still in use. It’s famous for high-speed racing along very narrow, twisting streets, roads and lanes flanked by stone walls and buildings, as well as “Mad Sunday,” when any member of the public can ride the mountain section of the course.

Gardiner, who was a staff writer at Motorcyclist and test rider for Road Racer X magazine, currently writes the monthly Transatlantic Notes column for the UK magazine Classic Bike and posts his monthly Backmarker column on MotorcycleUSA.com. He’s also the author of the popular blog bikewriter.com.

The second edition of Riding Man is being released during Meet at the Ace! http://www.ridingman.com/bio


Lance Lambert as event MC
Pacific Northwest native Lance Lambert has spent the last 20 years as host and Executive Producer of television’s internationally broadcast “Vintage Vehicle Show." Over 400 episodes have featured guests that include everyone from the iconic automotive authority Jay Leno to the everyday guy breathing life back into his favorite high school car. Lance’s personal collection has included everything from modest “orphan” cars to high performance hot rods. His style on and off the screen is easygoing with a quick wit and he is proud of DRIVE! Magazine’s reference to him as being “The Mr. Rodgers of automotive television shows." www.vintagevehicletv.com

Motorcycle Biography-
Lance Lambert’s first motorized two wheeled vehicle was a Briggs & Stratton powered scooter that he terrorized his neighborhood with when he was a pre-teen. Soon thereafter he spent hours on his older brother’s side shift 1947 Harley Davidson. At age 15 he acquired a Lambretta 150 that was soon replaced with a Lambretta 175. His first experience with a Japanese bike was a Honda 150 Dream followed by the purchase of an iconic Honda 305 Scrambler. A few years later the British bug bit Lance and he became the owner of a 1961 Triumph Bonneville “Bobber.”

Amir Beso, classical guitarist and called Bosnia’s answer to Jimi Hendrix by the Seattle Times, came to the Tacoma-area in the mid-1990s and has been dazzling audiences ever since with his original and soulful music.

In 1992, Amir was playing lead guitarist for the war-time production of the American musical HAIR in Sarajevo when he and American director and writer, Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams, Sneakers) first met. They struck up a friendship and talked about the hardships of putting on the show with an emergency generator, enough power for one spotlight, and mortars and snipers outside. A year later Amir was badly injured by a mortar and sent to Denmark for treatment. Shortly after that, Phil convinced Amir to come to the US with some of the other HAIR performers. He did, fell in love, got married and has enjoyed a brilliant career inspired by a life encompassing the Balkans, rock-and-roll, war, peace and love. http://www.amirbeso.com

Kim Archer Band
If you enjoy a variety of GOOD MUSIC led by an unforgettable voice and delivered with impressive skill, Kim Archer is an artist you must see and hear! This award-winning singer/songwriter has built a solid reputation throughout the Pacific Northwest with her commanding stage presence and passionate performances!

***Voted "Best Music Artist - 2011" by the readers of Tacoma Weekly
***Registered Audition for "The Voice" - 2011
***Nominated for the "Best Female Blues Singer 2010" by the Washington
Blues Society
***Voted "Best Overall Musical Artist - 2010" by the readers of Tacoma Weekly

Known for her raw, powerhouse performances and personable interaction with her audiences, Archer has attracted a large and loyal following of fans across the country. For nearly a decade this lifelong musician has entertained standing-room-only crowds that consistently fill venues and where singing along and dancing in the aisles are frequent and highly encouraged. Whether she’s playing the Hard Rock Cafe, or Showbox SODO in Seattle with her tight 4-piece band, or an intimate club for a solo show, Archer never disappoints. www.kimarchermusic.com

7. Kry Boys
For the second consecutive year, Kry has won the Weekly Volcano's best cover band award.

Kry is the #1 cover band in the Seattle/Tacoma area. They have the energy, the talent and ability to deliver all of your favorite songs the way music should be ... LIVE! It's like going to a big time rock show where you know every song! www.kryboys.com

- A Summer Shakedown is co-sponsored by Ace Cafe, a London-based transport cafe with a prominent motorcycle & scooter following, which re-opened in 1997 after originally operating from 1938 until 1969. The August event will mark the first time Ace Cafe London has produced a vintage motorcycle event in America.

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