GALLERIES ARE OPEN “ROLL YOUR OWN” Motorcycle Exhibit OPENED FEBRUARY 6, 2021-May 22, 2021
NATIONAL PACKARD MUSEUM REOPENS GALLERIES TO THE PUBLIC--Motorcycle Exhibit to Open February 6th
Out of an abundance of caution for guests, volunteers and staff, the National Packard Museum closed to visitors on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 through the month of December. That closing was then extended and the opening of the Annual Motorcycle Exhibit was rescheduled to Saturday, February 6, 2021.
ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 19TH THE WAIT IS OVER! THE NATIONAL PACKARD MUSEUM GALLERIES WILL REOPEN. While closed to the public museum staff and committees continually worked on the upcoming motorcycle exhibit. The museum is proud to announce the 21st Annual Vintage Motorcycle Exhibit, “Roll Your Own” will open on Saturday, February 6, 2021 and run through May 22, 2021.
“Roll Your Own” features 30 different bikes assembled in a salute to the men and women whose hands-on efforts preserve motorcycle history. Some of the bikes in the exhibit were restored by their owners to pristine, original condition while others started out as pieces and parts before being transformed into unique, one -of -a kind machines.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the opening of the exhibit was delayed. “Planning has been a challenge. Remote meetings and social distancing are not really conducive to designing and fabricating an exhibit, but we’ve made the best out of a tough situation and I am sure the public will be pleased with the final result,” said Executive Director, Mary Ann Porinchak.
The diverse exhibit features some very rare, very early restored antique motorcycles including the only surviving Sylvester & Jones motorcycle built in 1902, a 1912 Indian belt-drive, and a 1912 English-built Douglas. In addition, a 1913 NSU Special owned and under restoration by Bruce Williams will be featured in an educational video produced by Street Scene and Armstrong Neighborhood Channel.
The exhibit also features several unique creations, including the 1971 BSA A65 Lightning Bobber designed and built by Robert Bancroft of Kinsman, Ohio. Bob proudly said that that he made and modified too many parts of this “perfect, beautiful, awesome” bike to list! Another unique machine is the 1974 ½ Penton 400 Mint Custom Tracker restored by Peter “PJ” Grakauskas, of Avon, Ohio. PJ picked up the vintage Penton a few years ago, mainly because it had a title—and his plan was to build a road legal street tracker. “Essentially the bike was built piece by piece,” says PJ, “rebuilding old, unused parts and sourcing the NOS ones I needed.
Award Winning Exhibit
Widely recognized as one of the nation's finest motorcycle exhibits, the National Packard Museum's Annual Vintage Motorcycle Exhibit has received numerous awards over the past 21 years. Among these are the Antique Motorcycle Foundation's highest honor, the "Award for Excellence," as well as three consecutive first place awards in the Interpretive Exhibits Category from the National Association of Automobile Museums. The Annual Vintage Motorcycle Exhibit regularly attracts visitors from around the world. Previous exhibits have drawn guests from over 30 states and nine foreign countries.
"The purpose of the National Packard Museum's Annual Vintage Motorcycle Exhibit is to educate our visitors about the important and unique role motorcycles have played within the broader story of transportation history," said Mary Ann Porinchak, the museum's Executive Director. "Our annual exhibit also promotes the preservation, restoration and collection of antique and vintage motorcycles, so that audiences young and old may have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate motorcycle history's unique story.”
There is so much to learn, so much to discover, so much history to explore, and it is all waiting for you at the National Packard Museum!
“Roll Your Own” is proudly sponsored by Little Wing Café, Lake Erie Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, Motozilli, Ridin’ On Magazine, 2 Wheel Power Hour, and Armstrong Cable Street Scene.
The National Packard Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 12:00pm to 5:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors (65 and older), $5.00 for children (aged 7-12), and children under 7 are free. Cameras and flash photography are welcome. For group rates or more information, please visit our website at http://www.packardmuseum.org, visit us on Facebook, or call us at 330-394-1899.