Daytona Vintage Auction is On

The off-again, on-again J. Wood & Company Daytona Antique and Classic Motorcycle Auction at Daytona Bike Week is on again for 2009. After 21 years, it appeared that this year would see a cancelation of the auction and related swap meet at the Stetson University campus in Deland, Fla.

Auctioneer Jerry Wood initially canceled the event, based in part on Florida state law that complicated titling paperwork for auction bikes, and a change in the schedule for the Daytona 200 race, which necessitated a change in the auction's date. The race will be run on Friday night this year, the first Daytona 200 to be run under the lights.

Jerry will still be the auctioneer, but management of the event has been sold to Bator International. California classic motorcycle dealer Glenn Bator has reached an agreement with Wood whereby Jerry will be the auctioneer for the Daytona event for at least three years, but Bator's company will own the auction and related activities.

The auction moved from Saturday to Friday a few years back to accommodate the premier race's move from Sunday to Saturday. For 2009, parts and memorabilia will be auctioned on Friday, March 6, and motorcycles will be auctioned on Saturday, March 7, starting at 11 a.m. The vintage swap meet, also held at the Stetson University Auditorium, runs from March 4 through March 7. For more information, and a listing of machines up for auction, log onto batorauctions.com.