Motorcycle Exhibit Opens Saturday at Packard Museum

WARREN, Ohio ­­– The National Packard Museum will open its annual antique motorcycle exhibit Saturday. This year’s show, “What’s in Your Barn?” features 30 motorcycles manufactured between 1939 and 1983 that were found in barns around the world.

The showcase has restored bikes as well as some “barn-fresh” vehicles, that is, left as they were found.

“It is a celebration of motorcycle history and the passion of the enthusiasts whose vision of what the ‘barn find’ had been and what it can be again,” said executive director Mary Ann Porinchak in a prepared statement. “It inspires them to bring these machines back to life. You’ll be touched by some of their stories and laugh at others.”

The exhibit runs through June 12. During the exhibit, one Saturday each month the museum will feature an educational program related to the display. All begin at 11 a.m. with the exception of a movie night March 22.

Two lectures have been announced. On Feb. 20, Derek Moor, curator of transportation for the Western Reserve Historical Society, will present “Restoration v. Preservation: How to Care for Historic Motorcycles,” and on May 14, Terry Baxter and Al Navecky will give a rider safety presentation, which will be followed by a group ride through Warren.

The Packard Museum has won several awards for its annual motorcycle exhibits, which began in 2000, including three consecutive first-place awards from the National Association of Automobile Museums in the Interpretive Exhibits category. In 2013, the Antique Motorcycle Foundation gave the museum the Award for Excellence, its top honor.

Admission to the exhibit is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and children ages 7 to 12. Children under 7 are free. For more information, contact 330 394 1899 or visit www.PackardMuseum.com.

Pictured: A bike from the National Packard Museum’s 2015 Antique Motorcycle Exhibit, “Seldom Seen Cycles.”

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