Preparations are underway for the 2020 Motorcycles by Moonlight Fundraising Dinner and we hope you will join us for an evening of entertainment, food, great auction items, and a chance to get to know a little more about our Grand Marshal for this year's Vintage Festival, Don Emde! Doors will open at 5:30pm and the festivities will begin at 6:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Tickets will go on sale in May so please check back and get your tickets before they sell out!
We are honored to announce Don Emde as the Grand Marshal for the 16th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, scheduled October 9-11, 2020.
Don Emde was born into a California motorcycling family and began his racing career began during his high school years with scrambles, now known as motocross. Shortly thereafter, he began dirt track racing on area short track and half-mile circuits. While still a teenager, he began participating in local club road racing events, logging serious miles on the weekends shuttling back and forth between scrambles, dirt track and road racing events. Emde became one of the top racers in Southern California in the late 1960s and, by winning an amateur national on the dirt half-mile in Oklahoma City and a slew of Southern California races, established himself as one of the true up-and-coming riders on the national level. In his rookie season, Emde had some impressive outings, earning his very first AMA national podium finish and beating Gary Nixon and Cal Rayborn in the 250 Grand Prix in Talladega in one of the closest races of that season.
Emde is most famous for winning the Daytona 200 in 1972. This win made him and his father Floyd the first (and only) father and son to win America’s most prestigious motorcycle race. His ride aboard a privately entered Yamaha TR3 is considered a major upset in Daytona history. “I just had it in my head that I was going to win the race, that’s all there was to it,” Emde says many years later.
In 1973, Emde retired from racing. After his racing career, Emde has worn many professional hats. He continued to work in the family motorcycle business, became a marketing manager for Bell Helmets, and a publisher of Motorcycle Dealer News magazine. He also launched the Motorcycle Collector magazine and became an author. He joined the Board of Trustees of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, and later became its Chairman. In 1999 he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Emde currently publishes a monthly dealer magazine for motorcycle parts distributor Parts Unlimited called PartsMag.
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is honored to have Don Emde with us as our Grand Marshal and special guest for this year's Motorcycles By Moonlight event. We hope you will join us on Friday evening, October 9, 2020 and get to know him a little better!
Thank you all for making the 2019 Motorcycles by Moonlight one of our most successful to date! Friday evening’s event in the museum’s Grand Atrium kicked off the three-day weekend festival with a plated dinner, proceeds benefiting the not-for-profit Barber Museum. The silent auction included artwork, riding gear, autographed items, and lifestyle items provided by generous donors. After the silent auction closed, the live auction saw active bidding on a painting artist Makoto Endo created with his unique chopsticks technique onstage during the event, as well as the official 15th Annual Barber Vintage Festival art painted by Anne Hicks. Some lucky auction winners got to take the “rides of their lives” on the track on Saturday, where they rode as passengers with a professional driving instructor from the Porsche Track Experience and in the museum’s Lotus 2-Eleven Roadster. A special thank you to our Grand Marshal, John Penton, for his participation.
We are looking forward to this year's event! Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, October 9th and get your tickets as soon as they go on sale!
Highlights from past years events