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Friday, May 21, 2010 - Saturday, May 22, 2010
Sandersons Field, Greenland, New Hampshire

The Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners Annual Old Bike Rally

This year we offer you a trip “Back to the Future” — FREE camping — just like it used to be, back in the 1970s and 1980s when we first held our Mayday events at Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, Mass.

Through the kindness and generosity of a local landowner and fellow motorhead (albeit aircraft engines and experimental aircraft) we have been invited to use a grassy area next to a large pond for our annual event, swap meet and bike judging and display.
The Free-to-Vintage-Club-Members camping sites surround a large picturesque tree-lined pond, which is sited next to a grassy runway (for those wishing to fly in with a light plane, please contact Roland Slabon for further information).

The private airfield, located just a few short miles from Hampton Beach and other Seacoast New Hampshire attractions, is on NH Route 151, which is parallel to I-95 between Seabrook and Portsmouth, NH, and easily reached via I-95 or NH-101 exits. The actual address is 682 Post Rd., Greenland, NH 03840. Type that you’re your GPS or use MapQuest for directions and then choose Aerial View and you’ll be able to see it.

The tent sites will be marked before your arrival, and you will have space to park your small trailer or car. Campfires, due to local fire regulations, will not be permitted, but next to the pond there is a gazebo and a large fire pit for our traditional evening communal campfire. There will be outdoor toilets, and electricity may also be available. Members may camp both Friday and Saturday nights, but we all need to clean up the site and depart no later than Sunday morning, May 23rd.

We will only collect a fee for vendors and Saturday day visitors and swap and bike show entrants to help defray the cost of awards, toilets and insurance, and a donations bucket will be at the site.

The Saturday swap meet and display is on the large, open field next to the pond. Vendors for the Saturday swap meet are welcome. Those planning to sell things at the Saturday swap meet should contact Roland Slabon at vintagebmw@comcast.net as soon as possible.

Hot food may be available on Saturday through commercial vendors, but at this date (early April) that has not yet been finalized.

Those on Saturday displaying bikes will be eligible for some fine professional awards. We’ll also have door prizes, club Tee shirts, sets of prior years’ Bulletins, embossed metal signs and posters. As at all our prior events, all brands of motorcycle (not just BMW) are encouraged to attend. Several local bike clubs have been invited as our guests and all clubs and riders are encouraged to participate in the swap meet, display and bike judging.

We will need volunteers to man the gate Saturday from 7:30am to 5pm, for no more than an hour at a time. Please contact the event organizer (Roland Slabon at vintagebmw@comcast.net) if you can help. Volunteers will all get a commemorative vintage BMW T-shirt.

This looks like it will be an ideal site, as it is located a few short miles from New Hampshire’s beautiful seashore and coastal roads, made for gentle touring and lots of picture taking. There are also several motorcycle dealers close by (MAX BMW, Seacoast Triumph and Ducati, as well as Seacoast Harley-Davidson) in case you or your bike need some attention.

Mark the dates, and plan on joining us. We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it.