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Antique bikes roll into County Farm Museum

33rd annual antique motorcycle show to take over Queens County Farm Museum

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 12:02 pm, Thu Aug 29, 2013.

It won’t be a scene out of Hunter S. Thompson’s Hells Angels chronicle, but there’s sure to be lots of rare and antique motorcycles, games for the kids, and heck, probably a fair share of black T-shirts, leather and ponytails — but probably a good number of them on people who wear suits to work on the weekdays.

The Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park will host its 33rd annual antique motorcycle show on Sept. 15.

“It’s very family-oriented,” said Keith Moser, the co-director of the Sand Bar chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, which participates each year. “It’s not drunk debauchery — of course there are loud, obnoxious people — but it’s one of the nicer motorcycle shows in the New York City area.”

“Bike groups are very philanthropic — riding for firefighters or breast cancer,” the show’s organizer, Steve Eftimiades, who is also the farm’s caretaker, said. “They really help out the farm, very respectful.”

For the last few years about 120 bikes have been entered for judging at the annual show. (If you want your bike to be judged, register between 10 and 11 a.m., for no additional fee.)

In the parking lot outside the official judging area there are about 400 bikes of all makes and models ridden by people who want to check out the spread.

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Antique bikes have to be at least 35 years old and are judged against their original model — meaning they are as close to what they looked like in the showroom in the ’20s, ’40s or so on, as possible. One year a stockbroker from Manhattan showed his 1937 motorcycle that had all the gadgets, along with the paperwork to prove it was used by the government to chase bootleggers.

“It was one of the coolest bikes I have ever seen,” Moser said.

Three years ago a collector showed a 1960s military motorcycle that had never been taken out of its crate.

“You rarely see anything like that,” Moser said.

Eftimiades will show his three bikes, a collection that has fluctuated through the years.

There’s his 1941 Royal Enfield, a British bike that saw action in Africa during World War II; a 1978 Harley Davidson sports bike that the company made only 3,000 of before getting back to the more typical model on which the rider leans back instead of hunched forward; and a modern Honda bike that doesn’t qualify as an antique, but has a sidecar and other details to make it unique enough to qualify for the contest.

Thirteen years ago the show’s organizers decided to add custom bikes — an array of choppers and newer ones with sidecars and other unique accessories.

Besides official judging one special motorcycle wins the people’s choice award. All guests receive a ballot when they enter the 47-acre grounds and can vote for their favorite specimen.

Overall there’s something for everyone.

“It’s a cool place,” Moser said. “They have the farm for the kids, there’s food and vendors.”

‘33rd Annual Antique Motorcycle Show’

When: Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park

Tickets: $5, (718) 347-3276

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