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WARREN Gable's Harley to be featured at Packard Museum



Published: Wed, January 2, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The exhibit features a collection of vintage motorcycles.

WARREN -- The "Knuckle Head" is coming to Warren.

For two days only, the public can view Clark Gable's 1938 Harley Davidson motorcycle bearing that nickname.

The cycle will be at National Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Avenue, on Jan. 14 and 15. It's part of the museum's newest exhibit, "Thunder of the Road."

Extended hours on the 14th will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from noon to 5 p.m. on the 15th.

The rare motorcycle has been displayed publicly only one other time in the last 30 years. It has never been restored and has only 26,000 miles on it.

The exhibit of nearly 30 vintage cycles will incorporate 80 years of production, including memorabilia and a display of vintage clothing worn by riders, such as putties, riding goggles, a leather kidney belt and gloves.

It runs Jan. 8 to April 20.

Other cycles that will be displayed as part of the exhibit include a police bike, cycles known as "Pan Head" and "Shovel Head," a military-issue bike and models including the 65 FLH.

Also displayed will be the 1915 Model J-11 Harley, also known as the "Silent Grey Fellow," introduced in 1915 for $310.

Other motorcycles: For non-Harley fans, the exhibit will include the 1931 Henderson KL, of which only a few hundred were built, and the 1909 Excelsior, featuring acetylene gas lighting, a pedal start and coaster brakes.

The Indian Prince and Scout, the Ariel Square Four and the Zundapp Super Scooter will also be on display.

The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and children ages 7-12.

For more information, call the museum at 394-1899 or visit the Web site, www.packardmuseum.org.




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