Motorcycle aficionado to talk shop in Owls Head

Jan 20, 2014

Owls Head — Join the Owls Head Transportation Museum Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. for the second installment in the 2014 Winter Education Series. This program is titled Deus Ex Machina and features motorcycle aficionado and inventor Jack Churchill.

A familiar face in the Midcoast motorcycle community, Churchill is an avid motorcyclist, collector and innovator of mechanics and design. Churchill’s presentation will focus on technology and innovation from within a shop environment and will feature a screening of the short film "Deus Ex Machina," which casts the spotlight on one of Churchill’s visionary motorcycle projects, the complete Steampunk modification of a BMW motorcycle which is presently on display at the museum. In addition to the talk and film screening, Churchill’s presentation will also feature display including several of Churchill’s own two-and-four-wheeled creations.

Winter Education Series programs are free to the public. The next Winter Education Series Saturday, Feb. 8 is titled Maine Central 470-Mascot of Maine and will feature members of The New England Steam Corporation who will discuss the retirement and restoration of Maine Central Railroad’s last operating steam engine, Number 470. The presentation will include details of the group’s plans to restore steam rail operations in Maine.

The museum will also be represented at the Great Northern Motorcycle Swap Meet at the Augusta Civic Center Sunday, Jan. 26. This event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and general admission is $7.50, children under 12 are admitted free. The swap meet features new and vintage motorcycle parts, gear, T-shirts, leather goods and additional motorcycle accessories. The museum will display the Original 1925 Harley-Davidson Model JD and a restored 1932 Harley-Davidson Model V. The two vintage bikes visually juxtapose original “survivor” condition and full, correct restoration. The display begs a question common among vintage transportation enthusiasts: to restore or not to restore?

For more information about the Winter Education Series or any upcoming museum activity please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at 594-4418 or by email at jl@ohtm.org.

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