Packard Museum to display antique British motorcycles

Staff report


“British Invasion,” the National Packard Museum’s 17th annual antique motorcycle exhibit, will open Saturday and run through May 27.

It will feature 30 motorcycles manufactured by British companies between 1913 and 2006, from both well-known companies such as Triumph, Norton and BSA, to lesser-known makes such as Abington, Sunbeam and Velocette.

The exhibit not only demonstrates how motorcycling technology evolved during the 20th century, but also illustrates how British bikes reshaped and challenged the American motorcycle scene in the 1960s.

“British Invasion” also will recount the rise, fall and resurrection of the British motorcycle industry over the past hundred years. Many of the motorcycles in the exhibit are on loan from Northeast Ohio owners, demonstrating just how successful the British motorcycle invasion was locally.

Widely recognized as one of the nation’s finest motorcycle exhibits, the Packard museum’s antique motorcycle exhibits have received many awards and recognitions. Among these are the Antique Motorcycle Foundation’s highest honor, the Award for Excellence, as well as three-consecutive first-place awards in the Interpretive Exhibits Category from the National Association of Automobile Museums.

The exhibit regularly attracts visitors from around the world. Previous exhibits have welcomed guests from more than 30 states and nine countries.

“The purpose of the exhibit is to educate visitors about the important and unique role motorcycles have played within the broader story of transportation history,” said Mary Ann Porinchak, the museum’s executive director. “It also promotes and celebrates the preservation, restoration and collection of antique motorcycles, so that audiences young and old may have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate motorcycle history’s unique story.”

During the exhibit, the museum will present its Coffee & Donuts seminars on motorcycles. Topics will be released in the near future. The programs are free with a paid admission to the museum.

The National Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW, is open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 ($5 for seniors and children; free for age 7 and under).

Cameras and flash photography are welcome. For group rates or more information, go to or call 330-394-1899.

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