This event is the Norton Club-sponsored British ride out of Hansen Dam in Sunland. SoCal AMCA is invited to attend every year and usually we have a good showing.
You ask, "Why should I attend??" This ride is not just the biggest antique British motorcycle event in Los Angeles, or the biggest in California, it’s the biggest in the United States and probably England as well! Upwards of 800 classic bikes attend the rally, and to say its impressive is an understatement!!!
The routes are through the mountains and are always on less-traveled roads. The ride, as always, is the first Sunday of November, leaving the Dam at 10:00 a.m. Anyone who rides a Brit bike gets a free ride pin!
We encourage our group to meet at Craig Dillmann's house in West Hills for the nine-mile ride to the Dam. Also, rooms available at the "Apartment at Auto Body" for free for club members. Craig needs a headcount! If interested, call him at (818) 347-6583 or (818) 337-9934.
Here's the info that was sent in a Southern California Norton Owners Club email:
"Join us for the Southern California Norton Owners Club's biggest event of the year, the 37th Annual Hansen Dam Ride. Get that classic Brit bike ready for the road and join us for a day of fun. Here's a chance to chat with fellow riders, kick tires, and be part of the largest gathering of British motorcycle enthusiasts in the West. Several hundred vintage and rare bikes will be on hand. There will not be a judged bike competition this year - just an informal chance to show off your bike and appreciate the bikes of others.
We meet at the lower lot. Enter on Dronfield Avenue off of Osbourne Street. Festivities start at 7:30 am so be there early to get a good spot for your bike. There will be T-shirts, coffee, donuts, and burgers for sale to support the club. The SCNOC Hansen Dam T-shirts have become prized possessions for those who own them from previous years. The ones this year are especially handsome.
The exciting highlight of the day will be the annual ride up into the scenic San Gabriel mountains and Angeles Crest leaving from the parking lot at 10 am sharp and returning to Hansen Dam in the early afternoon. Ride maps will be distributed at the meet. Riders on British iron will get pins at the end of the ride.
Southern California Norton Owners Club. Ride hard."