Packard Museum shows off rare motorcycles

Publish Date: 
Jan 27, 2014
By Vince Guerrieri

WARREN, Ohio – Since it opened in 1999, the National Packard Museum has always found a spot for motorcycle history.

This year, the museum shows off motorcyles of the 20th century through its “Three for 10” exhibit, so called because it features three motorcycles – and a bicycle – for each decade of the century, starting with a 1904 Columbia Single.

“You had to pedal to start the engine, and when you stopped, you had to pedal to start again,” show curator Bruce Williams told the (Youngstown) Vindicator.

The exhibit includes such names as Harley-Davidson (one of which is a Sprint), classic Indian, Ducati, BMW and Triumph. There’s also a Matchless Silver Hawk, believed to be one of three in North America.

"The purpose of the annual antique motorcycle exhibit is to educate audiences about motorcycle history, and to promote the preservation, restoration and collection of antique motorcycles,” said Mary Ann Porinchak, the museum's executive director. "The exhibit is also designed to raise awareness of the significance of the motorcycle to transportation history and to cultivate an interest and appreciation for the conservation of transportation related history among motorcycle enthusiasts.”

The exhibit, which runs until June, also includes a 1964 Honda Super Cub that’s being raffled off by the museum.

In addition to the exhibit, sponsored by the Lake Erie chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, the museum showed “Why We Ride,” sponsored by Triumph of Warren, and will offer a series of Saturday morning lectures as well.

The National Packard Museum was built in 1999 to commemorate the car of the same name, which started in Warren a century earlier. The collection includes Packards throughout the line’s history, including engines built for airplanes and boats during World War II.