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Packard Museum Opens Motorcycle Exhibit Saturday

WARREN, Ohio – A new exhibit at the National Packard Museum will feature 25 American, European and Japanese motorcycles and nine motorcycle engines from across the 20th century.

The exhibit, “The Motor,” is part of the Packard Museum’s annual Antique Motorcycle Exhibit. It opens Saturday and runs through May 20. Among the pieces featured in the display are the only known 1902 Sylvester & Jones motorcycle still in existence, a 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead and a 1957 Ariel Square Four.

“The purpose of the National Packard Museum’s Annual Antique Motorcycle Exhibit is to educate our visitors about the important and unique role motorcycles have played within the broader story of transportation history,” said the museum’s executive director, Mary Ann Porinchak. “Our annual exhibit also promotes 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.”

In addition to the display, the Packard Museum’s Coffee & Donuts lecture series will be held twice during the exhibit’s run. On Jan. 27, the museum motorcycle exhibit committee will have a panel discussion on the evolution of motorcycle engines. And on Feb. 17, Charles Ohlin, the museum director of educational services, will give a presentation on Col. Jesse Vincent, who designed engines for Packard Motor Car Co. between 1912 and 1946. Both events begin at noon and are free.

Over the years, the museum’s motorcycle exhibits have won several awards, including the Award for Excellence from the Antique Motorcycle Foundation and three first-place finishes in the National Association of Automobile Museum’s interpretive exhibit category.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, visit PackardMuseum.org or call 330 394 1899.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.