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Nutson’s nuggets at Mecum MidAmerica motorcycle auction


Mecum's MidAmerica motorcycle auction begins Friday just outside Chicago | Larry Nutson photos
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.

DSC_63191947 Triumph
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.
DSC_63211943 Harley-Davidson
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.
DSC_63241906 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.
DSC_63251942 Harley-Davidson
This WLC Military is from the Michael Shoen collection. The brown saddle and saddle bags are striking against the military green paint.
DSC_63271966 BMW
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.
DSC_63321947 Whizzer
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.
Larry Nutson
Larry Nutson is an auto industry veteran, a mechanical engineer by education and an automobile enthusiast at heart. His diverse automotive career includes a youthful stint in semi-pro drag racing, twenty-five years working for Volkswagen of America, three years of Chevrolet strategy planning at Campbell-Ewald Advertising, and a position as founding member of the Detroit-based Individual Communicators Network (ICN). He is a past chairperson of the SAE International Public Affairs Committee, has provided public relations services for SAE Congress and Formula SAE and was a consultant and sponsorship representative for the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit. Larry is the Chicago Bureau Chief for The Auto Channel and resides in Chicago.

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