Taken onsite at the Progressive Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California 11/13/2014-11/17/2014
Unfortunately I couldn’t stay long but I grabbed som pics with the cell phone. A lot of these bikes have appeared on the blog before.
A BMW R69 in just the sort of condition that you’d love to find one in..
Indian Brian (bet ya can’t guess why we call him that?) has his beautiful bobber out.
Butches CB200 Cafe. It an amazingly cool (and small) bike and it sound a lot bigger that it’s size with those pipes.
The driveway when I pulled up… Thanks Andre! wish I didn’t have to work today. Looked like the makings of a great day.
A truly excellent historical photograph..
This is Richard H. O’Loughlin Sr. Boston Mass State Police 1935 Indian Scout. He was a member of the Massachusetts (Mass) State Police. He retired badge number one many years ago and past many years ago as well.
Sent in by his grandson.! Thanks Again Richard! Fantastic pic!
Buck Pinkerton sends in this really cool old Indian! I would love to own something like this. Damm near one of a kind! Thanks!
This is a friend’s Indian Chout. It was built by her father before she was born, ostensibly a 1929 Scout frame holding a 1940 Bonneville Chief engine that he just happened to find in a crate at the southwest airbase where he was stationed. The forks look to be latter day chief. Some time in the 1980s the bike passed through the hands of a “restorer” who added the H-D front fender and odd looking instrument pod. At least he painted it right and stayed out of the engine. The bike is back in the family now, and from stories I’ve been told it was one fast machine.
Ted Guthrie has been sending me so many good pics for so long now that he has his own search term over to the right of the blog in the word cloud. His latest e-mail is so good that I’m just going to recreate it here as I recieved it in its entirity. Good to hear from you again Ted and as always, Thanks Very Much for the post!
Hi, Steve. Here are some pics from a nice, little vintage bike display at Warren, Ohio’s Packard Auto Museum. But first, a little background on WHY there is a Packard auto museum in Warren, Ohio. Well, James Ward Packard, founder of the luxury auto giant bearing his name, was born in this small city, which is located in the NE part of the state. Among his other business interests, Mr. Packard opened Packard Electric in 1890. A manufacturer of electrical components for the automobile industry, Delphi Packard Electrical Systems as it is known today, became a part of General Motors in 1932, and is still located in Warren. By contrast, the Packard Motor Car Company, which began production of automobiles in 1900, moved operations to Detroit, Michigan, in 1902.
The Packard MCCC became known the world over as a manufacturer of some of the finest, most innovative cars in the world. Among other things, Packard is known for standardizing the use of steering wheels in automobiles (as opposed to tillers), as well as introducing the first V-12 engine in production cars. Packards were among the cars of choice for the rich and famous during the 20’s and 30’s. During the war years, Packard produced Merlin engines for use in P-51 Mustang fighter planes, plus the V-12 engines which were used in PT boats. Unfortunately, following the war, a combination of dated engineering and poor marketing choices, plus a changing customer base, left Packard lagging behind the Big Three auto manufacturers. Falling further and further behind in market share, Packard released its last models in 1958.
But, we’re here to talk bikes. Although automobiles and other products featuring the Packard name, plus a historical record of the company, all have a permanent place in the museum, local collector and motorcycling historian Bruce Williams, organizes a supplemental motorcycle display every winter, which helps to bolster attendance at the museum. Featuring a different theme each year, this season’s display is called “Ready For The Road”. Following are few highlights.
There is much more to see at the Packard museum, plus they are preparing to open a huge addition. Note that the motorcycle displays run from January – April, each year. For more information, go to: http://packardmuseum.org