Bar Hodgson is a Canadian motorcycle collector, builder and restorer. He has held a motorcycle license since 1953 and motorcycles are his life. He became a custom motorcycle builder (Bar's Custom Motorcycles in Toronto) in the late 50s and a Kawasaki Dealer (Superbike Centre in Scarborough, Ontario) in the early 70s.
In the 60s and 70s he was building high performance engines, into the 90s was restoring motorcycles, and has an extensive collection of over 200 motorcycles. Add to that a mind-boggling stash of motorcycle parts, memorabilia and a massive reference library of motorcycle books, magazines, workshop manuals and historical newsletters, and you can see that he has immersed himself in the world of motorcycling.
Bar Founded 2 Motorcycle Shows - The North American International Motorcycle Supershow (now owned by another production company) and the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show - and in the 2000's founded the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He is the curator of the Bar Hodgson Collection of Rare and Significant Motorcycles.
Racing has always been a passion; in the 60's and 70s as a drag racer, in the 90s as a road racer visiting dozens of racetracks in Canada and the US including Daytona, and in 2009 attempted to set a world land speed streamliner record at the Bonneville Salt Flats (crashing at almost 200mph and walking away practically uninjured).
The 90s revived his passion for custom bike building, and as a licensed motorcycle mechanic he has been able to continue working on and developing a series of creations that when complete have all been unveiled at either the Supershow or the Spring Motorcycle Show.
In addition to producing Motorcycle Shows and events since the 70s Bar also produced the Canadian Superbike Championship Mosport Round and Track Days at Mosport International Raceway in the 90's.
During the 2000s Bar was the President of three motorcycle corporations. He is also the publisher of a number of motorcycle magazines and books.
Bar and Hedy travel extensively to motorcycle events and destinations, all over Canada and the U.S.
Currently his passion for Vincent motorcycles has him restoring or customizing 3 or 4 rare models at any one time, some of which will be photo documented on this site in our projects section.