Motorcycle aficionado and innovator Jack Churchill to talk shop at OHTM, program to feature screening of “Deus Ex Machina”

Posted Jan. 20, 2014, at 12 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 20, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.

Join the Owls Head Transportation Museum on Saturday, January 25 at 1:00 p.m. for the second installment in the 2014 Winter Education Series. Motorcycle and technology enthusiasts won’t want to miss this exciting program featuring motorcycle aficionado and inventor Jack Churchill.

A familiar face in the Midcoast Motorcycle Community, Churchill is an avid motorcyclist, collector and innovator of mechanics and design. Churchill’s presentation will focus on technology and innovation from within a shop environment and will feature a screening of the stunning short film “Deus Ex Machina,” which casts the spotlight on one of Churchill’s visionary motorcycle projects, the complete “Steampunk” modification of a vintage BMW motorcycle which is presently on display at the Museum.In addition to the talk and film screening,several of Churchill’s own two-wheeled and four-wheeled creations will be on display.

Winter Education Series programs are free to the public. The next Winter Education Series on Saturday, February 8 is titled “Maine Central 470-Mascot of Maine” and will feature members of The New England Steam Corporation who will discuss the retirement and restoration of Maine Central Railroad’s last operating steam engine, Number 470. The presentation will include details of the group’s plans to restore steam rail operations in Maine.

The museum will also be represented at the Great Northern Motorcycle Swap Meet at the Augusta Civic Center on Sunday, January 26. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and general admission is $7.50, children under 12 are admitted free. The swap meet features new and vintage motorcycle parts, gear, t-shirts, leather goods and additional motorcycle accessories. The Museum will display our Original 1925 Harley-Davidson Model JD and our immaculately restored 1932 Harley-Davidson Model V. The two vintage bikes visually juxtapose original “survivor” condition and full, correct restoration. The display begs a question common among vintage transportation enthusiasts: to restore or not to restore?

For more information about the Winter Education Series or any upcoming museum activity please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at 594-4418 or by email at

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