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Barber Small Bore proves once again that the iconic OHV single makes an ideal canvas for customization.
Barber Small Bore proves once again that the iconic OHV single makes an ideal canvas for customization. (Kurt Spurlock/)

If you’re into motorcycles, Barber Motorsports Park is the crown jewel of the southern United States. The 17-turn road course is excellent, camping on race weekends is always a damn good time, and then you’ve got the world’s largest motorcycle museum open to the public seven days a week, rain or shine (read the Inside The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum’s Restoration Shop article).

For one special weekend every summer, however, Barber opens its doors to the largest gathering of minibikes, including Honda Groms, Monkeys, and Cubs, in the country. Barber Small Bore is something every two-wheel aficionado should experience at some point in their lives, but in case you missed this year’s action, we’ve put together our 10 favorite bikes of the weekend (in no particular order) for your viewing pleasure. Miss out on this year’s event? check out our Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival for more fun later in the year.

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1963 Honda Trail Hardtail by Kevin Kumtong (instagram: @tegboi)
1963 Honda Trail Hardtail by Kevin Kumtong (instagram: @tegboi) (Kurt Spurlock/)

Kevin Kumtong’s wee-chopper started life as a 1963 Honda Trail/Cub 55, but you could probably count the number of original parts remaining on one hand. The frame and swingarm are cut and stretched 7 inches each, the front end is borrowed from a CB125, the engine is upgraded to a 160cc Piranha crate motor, and the rear end is now fully rigid. We’ve also gotta give Kevin props for his choice of gas tank, which he borrowed from the most adorable Honda of all time, the QA50 minibike.

1970 Honda Z50 “Lil’ Denny” by Greg Castillo (instagram: @greg.castillo.888)
1970 Honda Z50 “Lil’ Denny” by Greg Castillo (instagram: @greg.castillo.888) (Kurt Spurlock/)

Greg Castillo’s retro-racer-inspired Z50 is a tribute to his friend Denny, who picked the bike up for a few hundred dollars at a flea market but tragically passed away before he could build it himself. The bike is designed around the hand-built racebikes of the ‘70s, which Castillo says he always preferred to the squeaky clean race machines of the modern era. The frame was stretched 5 inches to accommodate the polished C110 tank seen here, then the rest of the bike was gone through with a meticulous eye to detail from the custom pinstriping down to the tastefully selected array of colorful anodized parts.

1989 “HRC Works” Honda Z50R by Spencer East (instagram: @posparts)
1989 “HRC Works” Honda Z50R by Spencer East (instagram: @posparts) (Kurt Spurlock/)

Spencer East spent 18 months in his basement cutting, welding, and machining this obnoxiously cool Z50R into what you see here. According to East, it’s an homage to the legendary HRC Works Honda creations of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and was built with the same laser focus on cutting weight and adding performance wherever possible. The frame has been reinforced to better suit adult-sized riders, the swingarm has been extended 1 inch for stability, and East even welded together both the aluminum fuel tank and full titanium exhaust system himself. Other highlights include a bored-out CRF70 engine, modified CRF70 forks, and a 3D-printed airboot connecting the carb to a custom welded airbox.

2022 CP2-Swapped Honda Grom “G7” by TJ Timmerman (instagram: @grom_swap_the_world)
2022 CP2-Swapped Honda Grom “G7” by TJ Timmerman (instagram: @grom_swap_the_world) (Kurt Spurlock/)

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By: Kurt Spurlock
Title: The 10 Best Minibikes We Saw at the 2024 Barber Small Bore
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Published Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2024 10:00:00 +0000

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
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