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Just for Kicks! Wisconsin’s BBC Marks 20 Years of Kickin’ it at the Cave BY: Gary Ilminen

Written by  August 30, 2019

’67 Triumph 500 tracker:  Ray Sterns’ knock-out beautiful 1967 Triumph T100 Tracker was voted best competition bike in the show.  Winners were all people’s choice on votes by those in attendance.

The British Biker Cooperative (BBC) www.britishbiker.net/ is headquartered in the ancestral home of Harley-Davidson, but it is Limey bikes they love above all others.

For 39 years, the BBC faithful have been having an annual Rally and Bike Show, but the past twenty in a row have been held at Blue River, Wisconsin’s spectacular Eagle Cave Resort www.eaglecave.net.

It’s no wonder—the Eagle Cave Resort is high on a ridge over the Lower Wisconsin River valley, smack-dab in the midst of some of the most beautiful, technical, well-paved back roads for cruising in the world. Small towns, friendly folks, and a well-run event combine to make the BBC Rally and Ride-in Show one event that many people look forward to every July. While the BBC requires that a person own a British-brand bike, the Rally and Bike Show welcome riders of any brand; even folks who don’t ride at all!

 

BBC Rally Best in show 1949 BSA Bantam

BBC Rally best in show:  Al Hendrick’s 1949 BSA Bantam topped ‘em all taking both Best in Show honors and the Old Stock Class.

This year’s edition ran from July 19th to 21st. By and large the weather cooperated, if you didn’t mind warm and balmy. A swap meet kicked off the event on Friday along with bike games and a welcome gathering in the evening.

BBC Rally early entrants in Modern Retro

BBC Rally early entrants:  Some early entrants in the Modern Retro Class.

BBC Rally lates iron from Triumph RE

BBC Rally latest iron:  Some of the latest iron from Triumph and Royal Enfield was on hand for the Rally.

Saturday was the big day with the main event being the bike show, but there was also a poker run, kickstart contest, awards and door prizes, the BBC tent party and BBC product sale kiosk. Sunday offered time to kick back, relax and recover.

Here are the event results:

Poker Run Winner

Tom Rasman - 6-10 Straight

Kickstart Contest Winner

Kyle Winkels

Keg Push

Parker Keston

Slow Race

Jason Keston

Wienie Bite

Kim Winkels

Balloon Toss

Jim & Val Cutting

Grand Prize

Kim Winkels

Bike Show (Winners chosen by people’s choice)

Best of Show - Al Hendrick 1949 BSA Bantam

Competition - Ray Sterns 1967 T100

Old Stock - Al Hendrick 1949 BSA Bantam

Late Stock - 1st Tom Rasman 1969 Triumph Bonneville

                    2nd Kim Winkels 1976 Triumph Bonneville

                    3rd Gary Thompson 1973 Norton Commando Interstate

Modern Stock - 1st Riley Hansen 2010 Triumph Street Triple

                          2nd Dave Spanjar 2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT

Modern Retro Stock - 1st Kyle Winkels 2002 Triumph T100

                                    2nd Peter Bauman 2013 Triumph Thruxton

                                    3rd Ron Finster 2007 Triumph T100

Custom - 1st Jim Cutting 1976 Triumph Bonneville

                2nd Kyle Winkels 2003 Triumph America

                3rd Chris Heintz 2002 Triumph America

Radical - Ted Kukla 1971 Triumph Bonneville

Rat - Jeff Harden Triumph T100

Non-British - 1st Glen Winkels 2004 Honda XL70

                       2nd Ron Vance Honda Moped