Thursday, August 25, 2005

Museum motorcycles, bike shows and an American Chopper

It seems that I'm not the only one unveiling something new. According to the Middletown Journal the City of Memphis is putting on The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Pyramid area in downtown Memphis.

'Inside the multi-partitioned "The Art of the Motorcycle," two large screens overhead flash moving images involving "Lawrence of Arabia" (the kind of bike T.E. Lawrence rode to his death in 1935, a racy Brough Superior SS100 is on display), Brando's "The Wild One," canyon-jumper Evel Knievel, Elvis Presley's "Roustabout," Steve McQueen's "The Great Escape," Meat Loaf's motorized entrance in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and the then-futuristic "1984."

There is no doubt, however, about the exhibit's main attraction. While the line of motorcycles twists and turns, presenting a kind of unified snake, one bike gets its own centerpiece status, supremely encased in a large semicircle curtain of chain mesh dangling from the ceiling.'

The show will be open until October 30th and you can read more of the story here......

It was good to break the rules
A red white and blue chopper that was commissioned by Americas 9/11 Ride Foundation of Leesburg, Va., built by Midwest Choppers of Galesburg, Ill., and painted by Jeremy Imming of Jeremys Airbrush Designs, rural Blue Grass, Iowa only took twelve minutes to sell....even though it was originally intended as a raffle item!

Ed Cook of Port Royal, Va. was so insistent the foundation board decided to sell it to him for $160,000, or $10,000 more than the total of $150,000 in raffle tickets they had expected to sell.

Read the entire story in the Quad City Times.

Now this guy can really be called Captain America!!!

Bainbridge BikeFest 2005
If you live anywhere near Georgia you might consider a roadtrip to the Peach State!

The roar of the crowd will be heard once again in Decatur County as Bainbridge BikeFest 2005 opens Sept. 14. This eighth annual event will continue through the 18th, attracting cyclists, vendors and spectators from near and far to the venue at Commodore Industrial Park.

Event sponsor will be Budweiser, and other major sponsors are Coca-Cola, RiverBend Ford, Capital City Harley-Davidson, Jameson Inn and Wal-Mart.

And what a beautiful state to ride through! You can get more details from the Post Searchlight.

And at the other end of the country
Although I've never really mentioned AMA Pro Racing an event called the Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance caught my eye.

Held in Sedalia, Missouri's State Fair Speedway and they'll host round 12 of the 16-race AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship this Saturday, Aug. 27. This years Sedalia half-mile will be a showdown between five past winners of the race. Chris Carr, Ken Coolbeth, Jr., Rich King, Joe Kopp and defending race winner Johnny Murphree are all expected on the grid for the start of Saturday nights race.

You can read the press release from AMA Pro Racing here.....

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