Mecum’s MidAmerica motorcycle auction begins Friday just outside Chicago | Larry Nutson photos
About 350 vintage and antique motorcycles line the floor of the Schaumburg Convention Center just northwest of Chicago for this late spring chance for many to get a new old ride for the summer.
Many collectors are selling off some of their prized motorcycles and scooters. Michael Shoen from Phoenix has about 30 set to cross the block. Larry Pederson of Calgary has a fine collection of American-built motorcycles. Japanese units are from Peter Hendricks. New Zealander Jason Dean has many European makes to choose from.
Here are a half-doxen that caught my eye. Were I in the motorcycle market, I’d hope to be taking one or more home with me.
The auction runs Friday and Saturday.
This Grand Prix racer is from the Bobby Sirkegian collection. Less than 200 Grand Prix were made by Triumph and only 25 were made for AMA class “C” racing in the U.S. The 500cc 4-speed Triumph raced at the 1051 Daytona Beach 200.
This side-car equipped Harley caught my eye with it’s great color combination and room to bring along the dog, or whomever. It’s in running and riding condition and also equipped with a rare rear seat.
|1906 Indian Camelback
Part of the Larry Pederson collection, this machine was built by Yellow Spear Restorations using an original 1906 Indian motor case and many well crafted reproduction parts. Pederson has owned it for 11 years.
This WLC Military is from the Michael Shoen collection. The brown saddle and saddle bags are striking against the military green paint.
An R 60/2, it’s originally from the Shane Van Pelt collection. It’s been restored lovingly and was recently ridden in April. One of the finer European motorcycles at the auction.
This Cycle Truck is one of the rarest Whizzers ever produced. It features heavy duty wheels with Schwinn front brakes. Great for a quick trip to the grocery store.