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Owls Head Vintage Motorcycle Festival


Gathering of motorcycles at museum show | Owls Head museum photos

Known to attract antique, custom and racing bikes from all over New England, the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show takes place Saturday and Sunday. Owners of pre-1996 motorcycles are encouraged to show for free.

The Vintage Motorcycle Festival includes demonstrations, free Model T rides and antique aeroplane demonstrations if weather permits.

The museum also plans to showcase early motorcycles from its collection, which includes an 1868 Roper Steam Velocipede, 1901 Steffey Motorbike, 1922 Royal Enfield, 1930 Henderson Streamline Motorcycle, 1931 Indian Four, 1932 Harley Davidson V Motorcycle, 1938 Indian Scout and a 1946 Whizzer Motorbike.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and designated parking will be available for modern motorcycles.

Car shows (with and without coffee):

Vintage Harley Davidson at show

This weekend the Henry Ford Museum holds longest-running antique car show, Old Car Festival. This year’s theme celebrates the National Park Services centennial.

The National Corvette Museum celebrates its 22nd anniversary in conjunction with “R8C Museum Delivery” on September 29 through October 1. The anniversary and R8C include car shows, seminars, road tours, and the Corvette Hall of Fame Induction ceremony of Bob Bondurant, Ralph Kramer and the late Donna Mae Mims.

The museum holds “Holley LS Fest” on October 9-11. The event is a celebration of everything powered by a GM LS engine. Race cars, street rods, rat rods, muscle cars, trucks, late models are all welcome and event activities include drag racing classes, autocross, 3S Challenge, TrackX, Show-N-Shine and more. The TrackX will utilize the NCM Motorsports Park’s east track configuration.

Lastly, the museum has opened registration for the 2016 Vets N Vettes car show, set for November 3-5, and invites veterans to visit the museum and the museum’s track for rides in participant’s Corvettes.

The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, plans Cars and Coffees for Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Car show admission is free and free tours of the Hall of Fame will be open until noon. Coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be available inside the Hall for a $1 donation. The next Cars and Coffee event at the Hall of Fame is slated for October 15.

The British Motor Museum in England holds the sixth annual Retro Truck Show on September 10-11, featuring approximately 250 trucks produced between 1960 and 2000.

On September 10, LeMay – Americas Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, hosts the “Summer Ender Fender Bender” cruise-in. Participating cars are eligible for awards, guitars from Fender will be available to play, and the museum welcomes children 8-14 to be a Hagerty Youth Judge at the show.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento hosts “Cruise Fest on Fulton Avenue” on September 10. Cruising runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with other festivities continuing through 8:30 p.m.

On October 6-7, the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, holds Cars and Coffee in its “secret garage” from 7:30 until 10 a.m. Donuts and coffee will be served.

And it’s not just cars:

Couple rides into show on motorcycle

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum holds the Gatsby Gala Ball on Saturday 7 to 11 p.m. Open to the public, 1920s attire is encouraged but not required to enjoy the event.

“Party in the Plaza” also takes place at the museum on September 3. Event admission is $30 at the museum’s Education and Exhibit Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. and includes music, a cash bar, food, and outdoor space to show participants’ cars.

The National Corvette Museum continues the  22nd anniversary celebration and the Corvette Hall of Fame induction today and Saturday.

The World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, Oregon, offers a “simulator race series” with the simulator set in “damage mode,” meaning cars will behave and sustain injury as in real driving. Participants get a practice run and qualifying run September 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Drivers with top qualifying race times advance to the finals, which take place on October 27.

The museum holds its inaugural Spark Gala on September 17.

The AACA Museum opens a new exhibit October 5 during its “Night at the Museum” event. Food and cocktails are available with a Route 66 flair along with a silent auction, entertainment and automotive artist gallery. Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars, presents “A Collector Car Conversation” with car collector Ralph Marano and moderator Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island concours.

On October 21-22, the Simeone Museum hosts Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan and two-time Le Mans-winning driver Tommy Milner for a two-day celebration dedicated to Corvette Racing. Highlights include dinner, a meet and greet, Demo Day, memorabilia auction and autograph session.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento holds its annual Art of the Car benefit November 4, starring artist and car enthusiast David Garibaldi. The dinner supports the museum’s mission to preserve, exhibit and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives.


The festival includes family activities

On Monday, the Petersen Museum offers a “hoods-up” display to view the engines of 25 cars, selected by the museum. Additionally, the museum has opened a new exhibit, “BMW: 100 years of Performance,” set to run through October 14. The exhibit is to feature iconic BMW race and street cars.

The National Packard Museum opens a microcar exhibit, entitled “Micro Cars: Mini Wonders” on Saturday. The exhibit is to showcase 10 of the smallest and most unusual cars built in the United States and Europe. The vehicles include an unrestored 1949 Crosley Hot Shot, a 1952 Fiat Topolino, 1955 Messerschmitt KR200, 1958 BMW Isetta, 1959 Ford Prefect, and three vintage King Midgets built in Athens, Ohio.

Running through September 9, the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, features a motorcycle exhibit, the “Land of the Rising Sun, Mid-Century Motorcycles and Fast from the Past.” The collection has been put together to showcase competition flat-track racers, motorcycle drag racers, Japanese motorcycles from 1960-1989 and mid-century modern motorcycles that demonstrate the optimism of early postwar design.

On loan to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana, is a vintage Sprint car built by Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, former Duesenberg employee. The car raced extensively throughout the Midwest from the 1930s until the 1950s and has been restored to its original 1938 configuration.

Three classic cars are currently featured at the Snite Museum of Art. The cars, a 1934 Auburn 1250 V12 Salon Cabriolet, a 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Victoria with custom interior by Raymond Dietrich, and a 1938 Packard 1607–1139 Twelve Convertible Coupe, have been approved by the Classic Car Club of America, which defines a classic car as “fine or unusual motor cars which were built between and including the years 1915 to 1948.  All of these are very special cars that are distinguished by their respective fine design, high engineering standards, and superior workmanship.”

Be in the Exhibit:

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento is currently seeking a variety of motorcycles for a new exhibit, “LIVE FREE: California Motorcycle Culture.” The loan period would start towards the end of September and run through February of 2017. The Museum is looking for the following: Harley-Davidson Servi-Car, pre-WWII Harleys and Indians, 1970s Honda Goldwing, 1950s Triumph Thunderbird, 1960s Café Racers, 1960s-70s Harley-Davidsons, 1950s-70s BMWs, Custom motorcycles such as choppers, lowriders, and ArtBikes, and 1950s-60s Speedway racers.

The museum is also looking for historic objects to be displayed with the motorcycles, such as vintage helmets, boots, leathers, as well as saddlebags, motorcycle club paraphernalia, related movie posters, from 1910 through 1970.

The Automotive Hall of fame is looking for display cars to replace some of the current display vehicles and to compile an ongoing list of vehicles to rotate in and out of the museum in addition to display vehicles that can be used for shows. Those interested are encouraged to contact the museum for more details.

Nicole James
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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

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