Vintage Motorcycle Meet at Owls Head

Posted Aug. 29, 2011, at 7:08 p.m.

OWLS HEAD — Antique and vintage motorcycles will take center stage at the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s annual Vintage Motorcycle Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4. Owners of any pre-1991 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.

An area will be set aside for a Motorcycle Corral and Flea Market where individuals may sell motorcycles — antique and modern — and related items. A vendor fee of $25 a 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, 1931 Henderson Streamliner, 1931 Indian Four, 1932 Harley-Davidson V, 1938 Indian Scout, 1941 Harley-Davidson with sidecar and 1946 Whizzer Motorbike.

Museum curator Ethan Yankura will hold educational talks about the museum’s1868 Roper Steam Velocipede, a reproduction of the first true motorcycle, invented by New England inventor Sylvester Roper.

Special appearances by Maine participants and their bikes from the 2011 Loring Timing Association’s Land Speed races will include racers Dave Sleeper and Joe Caron, who will talk about riding a bike at 190 mph.

Visitors may vote for their favorite vintage motorcycle. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for either the People’s Choice or Kid’s Choice awards.

The museum will set aside an area for children to exhibit their “wheels” — bicycles, tricycles, scooters, etc. — near its Kids Corral pedal car area.

Sponsors include A&J Motorcycle Safety School with staff on hand to discuss its motorcycle riding and safety classes. Other sponsors include Camden National Bank, Corson’s Auto Supply, French & Brawn, Owens Corning Boston and Ride Maine magazine.

As part of each day’s activities the museum will demonstrate a few of its turn-of-the-century automobiles as well as give free rides in Ford Model T’s. Special children’s activities and museum tours are planned.

The antique aeroplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. 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, free to children under 18. 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.

For more information, call 594-4418 or visit http://www.owlshead.org/.

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