Vintage motorcycles rumble into Owls Head

Aug 20, 2013
Rare vintage motorcycles from all across New England will roll into Owls Head Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 for the popular Vintage Motorcycle Meet. Pictured is a 1973 Triumph Hurricane Motorcycle recently sold at the 36th annual New England Auto Auction. The motorcycle is one of 1,171 ever produced.

Owls Head — Antique and vintage motorcycles take center stage at the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s annual Vintage Motorcycle Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1.

Owners of pre-1993 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 across northern New England.

From Harleys and Triumphs to Hondas and BMWs, join in to show off that vintage motorcycle. First-time visitors arriving on their late-model motorcycles will be invited to park on a designated portion of Runway 17 where they will have an opportunity to show off their bikes alongside vintage bikes. These guests will be charged the standard show admission of $12.

Featured guest motorcycles include a 1913 Excelsior, a 1909 Pierce Arrow and numerous early motorcycles from international and domestic marques.

In addition to assorted vintage motorcycles of all kinds, an array of family activities will include demonstrations, dirt track racers, free Model T rides and (weather permitting) antique aeroplane demonstrations. Young children are encouraged to practice their driving skills in the Kids Corral area, which features pedal cars and pedal planes.

Owls Head Transportation Museum Aircraft Conservator Karl Erickson and a team of volunteers have been working to ready the collection of historic biplanes for flight; the 1930 Pitcairn PA-7S Sport Mailwing will take to the skies for the first time since the aircraft joined the collection in October. Additional planes that may take to the skies for demonstrations include the museum’s 1941 Stearman, the 1933 Waco, a 1916 Sopwith Pup and a 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron).

The museum will showcase its collection of motorcycles, which includes an 1868 Roper Steam Velocipede, 1901 Steffey Motorbike, 1922 Royal Enfield, 1930 Henderson Streamline Motorcycle, 1931 Indian Four, 1932 Harley Davidson V Motorcycle, 1938 Indian Scout and 1946 Whizzer Motorbike.

This two-day event is sponsored by French & Brawn Catering and Market Place, Corson’s Auto Supply, Journey’s End Marina and Boat Transport, Camden National Bank, TravelMAINE, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Maine Coast Welcome Center and The Norumbega.

For more information please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at 594-4418.

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