Packard Motorcycle Exhibit Will Focus on Harley-Davidson

WARREN, Ohio – The National Packard Museum will celebrate the 120-year history of Harley-Davidson in its annual exhibition of historical or otherwise significant motorcycles.

The exhibition, now in its 24th year, opens Saturday, Jan. 6, and will run through June 1. It will feature 26 Harleys manufactured between 1905 and 2006, as well as 12 other bikes produced by Indian, Simplex, Triumph and Honda.

The exhibition will also feature three early Harley-Davidsons on loan from noted collector Bruce Linsday of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, including the world’s oldest running Harley-Davidson. It’s a 1905 single-cylinder belt drive motorcycle, one of only six that were built.

A 1912 Model 13, also known as the “Silent Grey Fellow,” is part of this year’s show. The bike represented the final link in the evolution from early bicycle-inspired designs to modern multicycle motorcycles.

Also in the exhibition is a 1928 Model JDH, with a two-cam racing engine that made it one of the fastest motorcycles of its time. Along with these early machines, the show will also feature one of the rarest Harley-Davidsons of all, a 2000 Model MT500 based on a British design, of which only 335 units were produced. It’s on loan from Warren Harley-Davidson of Cortland.

The National Packard Museum’s annual motorcycle exhibit is widely recognized as one of the nation’s finest shows of its type. It has received a number of awards and recognition over the past two decades, including the Antique Motorcycle Foundation’s highest honor.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will host two evening special events and two Saturday afternoon programs. Admission to the evening events is $10 and includes admission to the museum. Saturday afternoon programs are free with paid admission to the museum.

Here is the schedule:

  • Feb. 20, 6 p.m.: “A Night at the Museum,” presented by the Pirate Motorcycle Club, featuring three short movies: “Martin Racing – Home Movies,” by Barbara Iorio; “History of Hillclimbs in the Mahoning Valley”; and “A Visit to Norm Anderson’s Garage.”
  • Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m.: “Banks Brothers Tales of the Cannon Ball Race.” 
  • March 12, 6 p.m.: Rob Buydos “Bagger Racing.”
  • April 20, 12:30 p.m.: Banks Brothers “Vintage Parts & Re-pops.”

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 $10 ($8 for 65 and older; $5 for ages 7 to 12; free for children under 7).

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

Pictured at top: A Harley-Davidson military motorcycle is included in the National Packard Museum exhibition.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.