Diamond Chapter

April Meeting & Ride on Saturday, April 25th

The Diamond Chapter Ride and meeting April 25 ( Saturday ). Meet at the Valaro gas station on Air Port Rd. in front of Cycles-N-Rodz's at 10:30 am. Leaving at 11:00. Ride to Glenwood for the Caddo River Festival. Ride any motorcycle you want vintage or newer. You can also just meet us at the show if you like. We will try to eat at the Fish Nest around 1:00 with a short meeting there. Weather looks good for Saturday, with about 10% rain.

If heavy rain looks likely we will meet at Doc's Pizza to the right and behind the Valaro gas station at Noon for lunch and then go to Cycles-N-Rodz. Call me at 214-557-6012 if in doubt.

Diamond Don's vintage Moto Cross
in Jefferson Texas

Rain, Rain, Rain!!! We all know rain will not stop Moto Cross Races and makes it more interesting. Susie and I watched the weather and all most decided not to go, but a little rain won't hurt you. I guess cabin fever got the best of us so we went to Jefferson for the races and car show. No motorcycle on this trip. We took the truck and it rained on us all the way to Linden Texas, about 20 miles from Jefferson.

No rain in Jefferson. We went downtown and looked at the car show. In spite of the earlier rain the car show was small with about 60 to 70 beautifully restored cars on display. Jefferson is a great little town to just walk around. After a couple of hours we went to Diamond Don's Vintage MX Races around 3:30.The fee was $15.00 per person for the day. The place was packed with racers and spectators. The mud was ankle deep every where. Parking was limited and lots of vehicles were stuck in the mud. Of course the mud made the races a whole different kind of race. Speed was not a factor, what mattered most was just getting traction and not falling in the mud. It was fun to watch with both riders and bike just covered in mud, slipping and sliding.

Diamond Don's Vintage MX has gotten bigger and bigger over the years. The races are awesome to watch with big name older racers. Diamond Don is no longer racing, at 70 years old and running the races he just does not have the time. He is quite a character and he all ways remembers who I am. I highly recommend this event.

After the races we went to Big Pine Catfish Resort in Uncertain Texas for catfish. Great place with great food. We stayed at the Inn of Jefferson on highway 59 for the night so we could listen to the train and their horns all night long.

All in all we had a great time. I highly recommend Jefferson Texas for a weekend get away. Motorcycle riding is fun and very interesting in the area with lots of back roads.

Web Sites of Interest

Carson Classic Motors: carsonclassicmotors.com Info on the Carson Cannonball team and info on Buck and the youth program.

Cherokee Chapter: cherokeeamca.org Great reading and info on the Pate Swap Meet.

What's in the Barn: velocity.com/tv-shows/whats-in-the-barn Great Show.

Antique Motorcycle Club of America: antiquemotorcycle.org Lots of info. Great info on facebook.

Motorcycle Classics Magazine: motorcycleclassics.com

North Texas Norton Owners Association: NTNOA.org

Ozark Vintage Motorcycle Association: ozarkvma.com.

Buck Carson's Radio Show : roadhawgs.net.

Fix my Hog fixmyhog.com/. Video, Q & A, blog and store very useful!

Mecum Auctions | The World's Largest Collector Car Auction mecum.com. Las Vegas Motorcycle auction results.


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Quote of the Month

The rear view mirror doesn't show what you are leaving behind. It shows what you are taking with you.

Closing Comments

The Pate Swap Meet is turning out to be a major motorcycle event. There will be over 11,000 venders. The Cherokee Chapter, Diamond Chapter, and the Heritage Chapter will represent the AMCA a long with the North Texas Norton Owners Association, VJMC and more motorcycle clubs will be there.

It looks to be a great four day event and party. I will report on the Pate Swap Meet at the next club meeting in MT. Ida May 23 at The Good Old Days event. Motorcycle auction in Cuba MO to follow the swap meet.

Lots of cool events coming up, check the event calendar. Let me know of events coming up so I can get them in the newsletter.

See you at the meeting!

Ride em, don't hide em,
Michael Thomson
Diamond Chapter of Arkansas
Antique Motorcycle Club Of America