Sidecar enthusiasts rendezvous in Downtown Paso Robles

Tom Weiss answers questions about his 1943 BMW sidecar motorcycle on Saturday, April 27, during the Vintage Sidecar Rendezvous in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. (Photos by Brian Williams)

PASO ROBLES — Tom Weiss held court on Saturday, April 27, during the annual Vintage Sidecar Rendezvous in the Downtown City Park. The event was sponsored by the Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association.

His 1943 BMW sidecar motorcycle drew lots of attention from visitors and enthusiasts alike. He explained his motorcycle was originally made for the German military, sold to the Spanish Army and was used to deliver mail in Spain before being sold to private owners in the 1960s.

“I’m the third private owner," Weiss said. "I purchased the bike in 1971 while in Barcelona, put it on a boat to Panama, took it completely apart and, then rode it all the way to California."

Weiss, who lives in Paso Robles, said his motorcycle is no museum piece. It has no trouble being a daily cruiser, but most days Weiss and his wife use it to cruise around on the backroads for some weekend wine tasting.

In addition to the vintage sidecars, there were some newer models on display as well as classic English vehicles.

People also looked for good deals from the vendors set up on the sidewalk in the City Park.

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Tom Weiss answers questions about his 1943 BMW sidecar motorcycle on Saturday, April 27, during the Vintage Sidecar Rendezvous in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. (Photos by Brian Williams)

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