ue and vintage motorcycles take center stage at the Owls Head Transportation Museums annual Vintage Motorcycle Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show on Saturday and Sunday, September 1 & 2. Owners of any pre-1992 motorcycles are encouraged to exhibit and will be admitted free of charge.
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 event."
A special area will be set aside for a MOTORCYCLE CORRAL & FLEA MARKET where individuals may sell motorcyclesboth antique or modernand related items. A modest vendor fee of $25 per day or $40 for the weekend will be charged to sellers. The fee covers up to three motorcycles for sale (any vintage) and admission for two adults.
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; 1930 Henderson Streamline Motorcycle; 1931 Indian Four; 1932 Harley Davidson V Motorcycle; 1938 Indian Scout; 1941 Harley Davidson Motorcycle with sidecar; and 1946 Whizzer Motorbike.
Museum Curator Ethan Yankura will hold educational talks about the Museums1868 Roper Steam Velocipede, a reproduction of the first true motorcycle, invented by New England inventor Sylvester Roper.
Owners of pre-1992 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.
Vote for your favorite vintage motorcycle. All attendees will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for either the Peoples Choice or Kids Choice awards.
Again this year, the Museum will set aside an area for children to exhibit their wheels (i.e. bicycles, tricycles, scooters, etc.) near its popular "Kids Corral" pedal car area.
As part of each days activities the Museum will actively demonstrate a few of its turn-of-the-century automobiles as well as give free rides in Ford Model Ts. Special childrens activities and Museum tours are planned. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family. Young children can practice their driving skills in the Kids Corral area, which features pedal cars and pedal planes.
The antique aeroplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. Aircraft conservator Karl Erickson and a team of volunteers have been working tirelessly on getting the Museum's fleet of of World War I-era biplanes ready to take to the skies. Back on the flight line will be the 1917 Curtiss JN-4 or "Jenny" made popular by barnstormers of the 1920s. Also seeing action will be the 1917 Nieuport 28C.1 and 1916 Sopwith Pup, among others. An open flightline will allow visitors to get an up close look at the planes as well as talk to the pilots.
Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the Museums indoor collection of dozens of antique cars and aeroplanes. The Museum 's newest exhibition MGs & Microcars showcasing a unique collection of vehicles from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
Event admission is $12 for adults. Children under 18 and Museum members are free. All new and renewing members who sign up at the event will be entered in a drawing for a biplane ride aboard our 1941 Stearman. Drawings are held at noon and at 3 pm. The Museum Store will be open and features a large inventory of books, diecast models, childrens items and more.
Gates open at 9:30 am. Food and refreshments, provided by French & Brawn Marketplace, will be available at the Caboose Pets are not allowed in the Museum or outdoor exhibit area.
Open daily, year round, the Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum Street (off Rt. 73), two miles south of Rockland. For more information call 207-594-4418 or email email@example.com