With the popularity of motorcycles in the Ohio Valley comes a special event for those interested in the history of vintage British and European bikes.
The 31st-annual British and European Motorcycle Rally, set for today, Saturday and Sunday at Cable's Campground, county Road 56, is an annual event attracting motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Ohio Valley BSA Owners Club sponsors the event, which will feature vintage bikes of all makes and models from European bike makers, particularly motorcycles last manufactured by the Birmingham Small Arms Co. of Birmingham, England, in 1972. BSA cycles were sold locally at the Al Hinch shop in Toronto, Honda Motors in Weirton and the George DeShong agency in Mingo Junction.
"The Rally," as it's known by members and family of the host club, attracts annually hundreds of people interested in British-built and other motorcycles. This year local club members are expecting visitors from several European countries as well as enthusiasts from Maine to Florida, according to organizers.
The event is a time for casual motorcycle buffs to see the beauty of the craftsmanship of a bygone area, while those who collect and still ride BSA bikes will have an opportunity to swap stories and parts.
The highlight of the meet occurs Sunday afternoon with the presentation of the bike show awards immediately followed by a drawing for this year's grand prize - a 1968 BSA Lightning motorcycle.
The curious are invited to spend time enjoying motorcycles one rarely sees anymore.