Antique and vintage motorcycles will take center stage at the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s annual Vintage Motorcycle Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show on Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5. Owners of any pre-1990 motorcycles are encouraged to exhibit and will be admitted free of charge. A special, designated parking area for modern motorcycles will also be set up in the main parking area. The Vintage Motorcycle Meet attracts antique custom and racing bikes from all over northern New England.

“This has always been one of our more popular events,” said museum Executive Director Charles Chiarchiaro. “For that reason we have expanded it into a two-day show.”

A special area will be set aside for a Motorcycle Corral & Flea Market where individuals may sell motorcycles — antique or modern — and related items. A modest vendor fee of $25 per day or $40 for the weekend will be charged. The fee covers up to three motorcycles for sale and admission for two adults.

On both days, Motorcycles in Motion of Rockland will host motorcycle safety demonstrations beginning at 11 a.m.

The museum will showcase its collection of motorcycles, which includes an 1868 Roper Steam Velocipede; 1901 Steffey Motorbike; 1919 Harley Davidson J; 1922 Royal Enfield; 1924 Harley Davidson 2-25 Motorcycle; 1931 Henderson Streamline Motorcycle; 1932 Harley Davidson V Motorcycle; 1938 Indian Scout; 1941 Harley Davidson Motorcycle with sidecar; and 1946 Whizzer Motorbike. Also on display will be the one-of-a-kind 1913 Scripps-Booth Bi-Autogo, an intriguingly unique motorcycle featuring wooden wheels and a V-8 engine.

Museum Curator Ethan Yankura will hold educational talks about the museum’s 1868 Roper Steam Velocipede, a reproduction of the first true motorcycle, invented by New England inventor Sylvester Roper.

Owners of pre-1990 vehicles are also welcome to exhibit at this and all other museum (non-auction) events at no charge. Visitors are encouraged to come early to guarantee seeing the highest concentration of exhibiting vehicles.

All attendees will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for either the People’s Choice or Kid’s Choice awards.

The museum will also set aside an area for children to exhibit their “wheels” (bicycles, tricycles and scooters) near its popular Kids Corral pedal car area.

The antique aeroplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. Back on the flight line will be the 1917 Curtiss JN-4D or “Jenny” made popular by barnstormers of the 1920s. Also seeing action will be the 1917 Nieuport 28C.1, 1916 Sopwith Pup and of course, the 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (the Red Baron) among others. An open flightline will allow visitors to get an up close look at the planes as well as talk to the pilots.

Event admission is $12 for adults. Children under 18 are free. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Food and refreshments will be available at the Squeaky Wheel. Pets are not allowed in the museum or outdoor exhibit area.

Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum St. (off Route 73) in Owls Head, two miles south of Rockland. For more information call 594-4418 or visit