Motorcycles, Betty White’s “parakeet” featured in museums

the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio, opens its 22nd Annual Motorcycle Show on Jan.8. The exhibit, this year featuring Buell motorcycles and the work of artist Guy Shively, runs through May 21.

Overall, the exhibit features over 30 machines representing the veteran (pre-1915), sport, road / off-road, racing, military, and service scooters / bikes categories. Riding accessories, equipment and clothing are presented with the vehicles.

“We are delighted to present such a wide variety of motorcycles. Said the museum’s executive director, Mary Ann Porinchak. “Showcasing six different categories allows us to display something special or unusual that everyone can enjoy, from longtime collectors and bikers to casual motorcycle admirers. “

1987 Buell RR1000
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Art by Guy Shively

The bike shown is a 1987 Buell RR1000 which represents Erik Buell’s first entry into the sports bike market. Buell’s innovative design incorporated the engine as a fully loaded part of the frame and mounted a damper under the engine that operated in reverse of the conventional compression-rebound design, the museum notes.

The bike on display is on loan from New Castle Harley-Davidson and is one of 50 examples produced in 1987-88.

Other vehicles on display include a 1909 Thor V-twin and 1910 Yale 1/2 Yale single (veteran), 1955 Harley-Davidson KHK and Husqvarna 31 Sport (sport), 1957 BMW R-50 ISDT and a 1967 Triumph TR6C (on / off road), 1950 Horex 350 Rennmachine and 2001 Honda RC (racing), 1943 Indian Military 741 and 1961 Matchless G3 (military), and a Cushman scooter and 1958 Cushman Eagle (scooters and bikes from service).

The museum’s annual motorcycle showcase has won numerous awards and is designed “to educate our visitors about the important and unique role that motorcycles have played in the broader history of transportation history,” Porinchak added.

“Our annual exhibition also promotes the preservation, restoration and collection of vintage and vintage motorcycles, so that the public, young and old, can have the opportunity to discover and appreciate the unique history. in the history of motorcycles. “

The museum also has a special exhibition of motorcycle and automotive art by Guy Shively, of which Guy’s Graphics specializes in hand lettering, stripes, airbrushing and artwork.

The museum will also host several motorcycle-themed events at the Motorcycle Exhibit, including the Pirate Motorcycle Club’s “Movie Night at the Museum” on February 9.

The AACA remembers Betty White

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Betty White’s “Parakeet” on display at the AACA Museum

What is the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pa., had planned that the actress’ 100th birthday celebration will become a memento of Betty White’s career after her death on New Years Eve. The event is slated for Jan. 16 and will feature her “Parakeet”, the 1977 Cadillac Seville given to her by her late husband and TV host Allen Ludden and later donated to the museum by the car’s next owner, Nick Farrintino.

Illinois museum plans Route 66 exhibit in 2026

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Bob Wildfire notebook pages

the Illinois State Museum in Springfield is planning an exhibit on Route 66 in conjunction with the Mother Road centennial celebration in 2026 and has launched an artifact “collection initiative” to be included in the exhibit.

The initiative was announced as the museum received a donation of art and other artifacts from Bob Waldmire’s family.

“Perhaps there is no one more iconic of Route 66 than traveling artist and nomadic peace activist Bob Waldmire,” the museum said. “Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Waldmire traveled from city to city along Route 66, creating and selling artwork and postcards. Then, in 1985, he bought a 1972 Volkswagen camper van he lived in in Arizona; this van then inspired the character of Fillmore in the Disney-Pixar movie Cars.

“The objects donated to the Museum are a testament to Bob’s prolific output as an artist and to his nomadic and free-spirited lifestyle. This gift includes original drawings, paintings, prints, postcards and a manual typewriter on which Bob has composed his newsletters and correspondence.

In addition, the donation includes a pair of patched cut-off shorts he wore while traveling on Route 66, a roadside display to sell postcards and the hood of his 1965 Mustang, hand painted with a map of Route 66. “

Gilmore Launches Winter Conferences

the Gilmore Automobile Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, kicks off its Winter Lecture Series Jan. 9 with historian Mark Tomlonson presenting “The Transportation Kings of Kalamazoo.”

Other upcoming topics include “The Rise & Fall of Mercury” on January 16, “Aircraft Restoration” on January 23, and a presentation on the first automotive commercials on January 30.

Topics in February include the Hydra-matic drivetrain, black American auto pioneers, and the mystery of the 1948 Tucker legend. The series continues through April 24.

Special events this weekend

It’s a Hoods-Up weekend on January 8 and 9 at Newport Automobile Museum in Rhode Island, where three cars – a 2019 Ford GT, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS / RS 396, and a 1968 Volvo P1800S – have just been added to the collection.

Due to pandemic regulations in Canada, the Canadian automobile museum remains closed to visitors until at least January 26. However, a museum intern created a Winter vacation activity book for kids which includes making their own car cookie cutters and other activities. The book can be downloaded free of charge from the museum website.

the LeMay Collection at Marymount in Tacoma, Wash., will offer tours of its private garage on January 8 and again on February 12.

Mark your calendar

the National Corvette Museum will host a food distribution Jan. 15 in conjunction with Feed America First to help those affected by tornadoes in the Bowling Green, Ky. area. Plans call for each family to receive 60 to 80 pounds of food during the morning distribution.

Docent training courses start January 19 at California Automobile Museum in Sacramento.

the Canadian automobile museum in Oshawa, Ont., announced the topics of its third Thursday lectures for January and February. “Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights” will premiere on January 20 at 7 p.m. on Zoom by Gretchen Sorin of the State University of New York College in Oneonta, and “The Death and Legacy of Sam McLaughlin – Looking De back after 50 ”will be hosted by Samantha George of Parkwood National Historic Site on February 17th.

“The Tucker Movie: What’s Real, What’s Not” is the subject of a program to be presented via Zoom speak AACA Museum January 21, 2021. The presentation will include the grandchildren of Preston Tucker.

the Gilmore Automobile Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, is hosting its first Winter Motoring Meet featuring vintage snowmobiles on February 5th.

the British Automobile Museum is hosting its Quiz Night on February 8 in Gaydon, UK, and during the UK schools’ half-term break, the museum will host a series of family-friendly Formula 1 racing programs.

the LeMay Collection at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, will feature Driver’s Ed: Model T Experience events on May 14, June 11, July 9, August 14, and September 11.

A second wave of vehicles arrives on September 22, 2022 and will continue until May 14, 2023, in the showcase of “The allure of the extreme” supercars at the Petersen Automobile Museum in Los Angeles.

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