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home : • special features : special features July 22, 2014

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8/22/2013 11:16:00 AM
Vintage Motorcycle Meet at Owls Head Museum Next Weekend
This 1973 Triumph Hurricane motorcycle, one of only 1,171 produced, sold at last weekend’s 36th annual New England Auto Auction
This 1973 Triumph Hurricane motorcycle, one of only 1,171 produced, sold at last weekend’s 36th annual New England Auto Auction

Owls Head Transportation Museum will hold its annual Vintage Motorcycle Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show on Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1. Owners of pre-1993 motorcycles are encouraged to exhibit and will be admitted free of charge. A special, designated parking area for modern motorcycles will also be set up in the main parking area. The museum will showcase its collection of motorcycles, which includes a 1868 Roper Steam Velocipede, 1901 Steffey Motorbike, 1922 Royal Enfield, 1930 Henderson Streamline, 1931 Indian Four, 1932 Harley-Davidson V, 1938 Indian Scout and 1946 Whizzer Motorbike. An extremely rare 1909 Pierce-Arrow Motorcycle will be featured in a special display.

Visitors are encouraged to come early to guarantee seeing the highest concentration of exhibiting vehicles. Guests arriving in pre-1993 vehicles of any type receive free admission to this show and all other museum (non-auction) events.

The weekend will offer an array of family activities including dirt track racers and free Model T rides. Young children are encouraged to practice their driving skills in the Kids Corral area, with its pedal cars and pedal planes.

Antique aeroplane demonstrations will take place early each day, weather permitting. Museum Aircraft Conservator Karl Erickson and a team of volunteers have been at work readying the collection of historic biplanes for flight; the 1930 Pitcairn PA-7S Sport Mailwing will take to the skies for the first time since the historic aircraft joined the collection in October. Additional planes that may take flight include the museum's 1941 Stearman, 1933 Waco, 1916 Sopwith Pup and 1917 Fokker Dr. I Triplane (a.k.a. the Red Baron). An open flightline will provide an opportunity for visitors to see, hear and experience the planes close up and visit with the pilots.

New England Imports

Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the museum's indoor collection of dozens of antique cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes, and the exhibition MGs & Microcars, showcasing a unique collection of more than 25 MGs and small cars from the 1920s, '30s and '40s.

Admission is $12 for adults and, as always, children under 18 are admitted to the museum and show free of charge. Refreshments catered by French & Brawn Catering and Market Place will be available for purchase at the Caboose during both days of the show. No pets are allowed in the museum or on show grounds.

Any visitor who renews their membership or purchases a new membership on the day of an event is entered in a drawing for a ride in the Museum's 1941 Stearman biplane. One winner is drawn at noon and one at 3 p.m. each day of the event. Memberships purchased at the $500 sustaining level include a ride for one adult in the 1941 Stearman. Memberships purchased at the $1,000 benefactor level or above include a ride for two adults in the museum's 1933 Waco biplane.

The museum is located at 117 Museum Street in Owls Head, directly off Route 73, and is open seven days a week year-round. For more information, call 594-4418.

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