“My Grandfather told me many years ago; “The cost is forgotten but the value remains.”
Gary was involved in AMCA Judging when it made the switch to the 100-point system, which was mimicked from AACA.
Gary was on the AMCA Board and assisted then Assistant Chief Judge, Peter Heintz in developing the points system that is enjoyed today. Peter Heintz became Chief Judge in 1988.
Back with Gary joined the AMCA, bikes were limited to 1929 and older motorcycles.
Gary’s two daughters were actively involved with the hobby not only as kids but after they grew and married.
Heidi Delle is a high school teacher in Montana.
In the Fall 2018 Northern Rockies Chapter Newsletter, Barbe was featured with a photo of her from back in the sixties riding a BSA.
Heidi recalls her and Katrina spending hundreds of hours on the back of bikes their Mom or Dad riding.
Both girls learned to ride the Whizzer, just as their Dad did back in the 40’s.
Heidi’s husband restored the 1955 Lambretta scooter for Gary.
The 1929 Packard Phaeton, known to the family as “Duchess” was purchased used in the late 30’s by Barbe’s Father, Hyde Ballard for $300. The car was passed down to the Breylinger family who kept the car with them through Pennsylvania, Florida, and California. The car was sold in the 70’s to pay for the girl’s college. Pretty good college savings plan.
In a YouTube video
provided by the AACA a 12-minute silent video shows the first AACA meet which includes Barbe’s father and grandfather. Both belonged to the Quaker City Motor Club as well as the AACA.
In recent years Barbe contacted the current owners of the Ballard family estate. The man is very proud of the home’s history.
Gary and Barbe lived in Marion, PA before moving to Florida.
In the story it was noted that John Goldman got Gary started with the AMCA. John and Charlie Carter were good friends. Charlie is an AMCA Honorary Member who served and Editor and Publisher of the Antique Motorcycle magazine from 1974 to 1986. Charlie is credit for the basic format and look that continues to this day.
Northern Rockies Chapter
In an attempt to avoid riding small cc motorcycle on roads with fast moving traffic, which included postwar motorcycles, Gary organized a Tiddler Run for bikes 350cc and smaller which rode at a slow pace on paths of least resistance. The ride started along the Missouri River from Great Falls. The event continues today and is referred to as the Gary Breylinger’s Tiddler Run. Tiddler is a British term for a small displacement motorbike.
Motorcycle of choice these days, Honda Helix scooter.
Gary owned several Brough Superior motorcycle back in the day. Gary said, “I had the privilege of spending some time with Albert Wallis at his home/shop in England.. Albert was the shop Manager for George Brough.”
Letter's from Gary to AMCA:
o April 7, 2018 to Keith Kizer and Bill Wood
Over 50 years ago, AMCA Founder and first President Ted Hodgdon and his dear wife Alice would visit us after they had moved to Florida. They had a 1955 or 1956 Packard which Ted dearly loved, and they would look for an excuse to take it out on the open road. On those visits I sometimes would ask him of his experiences as Marketing Director of Indian in those last fateful days of the Company, as well as about the early days of the AMCA.
On one such occasion I took the opportunity to set up my Ampex 7” tape recorder and asked Ted to chat about those times in which he played such a part. He obliged, and his remarks were most interesting. Sometime after the visit I put the tape on and to my horror, the recorder had not only recorded our conversation, but had also faithfully preserved the laughter, chatting, and clanking of pots and pans going on in the kitchen as lunch was being prepared!
Many years ago Bruce Linsday made an appeal for additions to the Club Archives, and I sent the tape in question to him. My thought was that it might be of some use if ever a first hand account of whatever it was that we discussed would somehow be of use in the future, as the memories of past events fade into darkness. It may be that the clarity of the dialog can be increased, what with the advances in technology existing today. In any case, I am writing you to let you know that the tape might still be lurking in the Archives—just in case.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you both for all you are doing for our Club!
AMCA No. 78
Past AMCA Director
Co-Founder, The Sunshine Chapter
Co-Founder, The Northern Rockies Chapter
Founder, The Borrego Springs Road Run