Antique motorcycle exhibit opens at Packard museum

Staff report


The National Packard Museum’s 14th annual Antique Motorcycle Exhibit, “Motorcycles 3 for 10,” is now open and will run through June 1. The exhibit features three significant motorcycles and one vintage bicycle from each decade of the 20th century.

The display visually illustrates the engineering advancements made to machines as technology progressed and popularity increased.

When was “kick starting” introduced and what was the first event at the Indianapolis Speedway? See how the historic headlines of national and world history, Packard history and motorcycle history intersect.

Learn about the Russian czar who ordered 300 Packard cars, and which motorcycle was the first to top 100 miles per hour.

“Motorcycles 3 for 10” includes a number of very rare and seldom seen vintage motorcycles, including a 1904 Columbia motorcycle, manufactured by industrialist Colonel Albert Pope, who also built bicycles and automobiles. The exhibit also includes an award-winning restored 1934 Indian 4-cylinder engine and an unusual 1978 Rokon RT 340 Enduro bike with a rope start.

“The purpose of the annual exhibit is to educate audiences about motorcycle history, and to promote the preservation, restoration and collection of antique motorcycles,” said Mary Ann Porinchak, the museum’s executive director. “The exhibit is also designed to raise awareness of the significance of the motorcycle to transportation history and to cultivate an interest and appreciation for the conservation of transportation- related history among motorcycle enthusiasts.”

The popular exhibit regularly draws visitors from all around the world. Last year, the museum welcomed guests from 28 different states and from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, El Salvador, India, Mexico and Norway.

The 2012 exhibit also won a first-place award in the Interpretive Exhibits category from the National Association of Automobile Museums and the Award for Excellence presented by the Antique Motorcycle Foundation.

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