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Harley Davidon Museum

Starting on August 28 in downtown Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson will be hosting a big party to celebrate the motorcycle maker’s 105th anniversary. Advertisements for this event are comparing the company’s 105th anniversary to Haley’s Comet, which also rolls around every 105 years. The company has a complete fleet of slate-and-orange limited-production anniversary edition bikes for sale, as well as posters and other memorabilia.

To me, the most exciting thing will be the opening of the Harley-Davidson Museum during the birthday party. Last week, workmen started putting up the replica Board Track that will be part of the museum. Both motorcycles and cars were raced on these board tracks between 1910 and the mid-1930s.

An interesting thing is the company Website has a webcam feature for those interested. They can tune in and watch the Harley Davidson Museum being built piece by piece. It’s a fascinating thing to watch. Check it out at www.HarleyDavidson.com.

I think this is going to be a big year for Harley and Harley enthusiasts.

 

3 thoughts on “Harley Davidon Museum

  1. Jo Robertson

    Hi John

    I believe you are the John Gunnell who wrote “55 years of Mercury”. I’m assisting two Aussie authors writing about their restoration of and adventures with two 1949 Mercurys and they would love to use some of your material from your book in their book “Rescued from Destruction.” Can I send you some information on them and the book or can you advise who I would be best to contact
    Cheers,
    Jo Robertson

  2. Chuck Elderton

    Hi John:
    Im now 62 and as a young teen spent a lot of time at the old San Jose (CA) speedway; now long-gone as is its successor. The speedway was a 3/8 mile paved high banked oval and its main program was "hardtops" which evolved into super-modifieds. Anyhow… for many years, adjacent to the pits was an old delapidated boad track, still standing tall. There were still a few old-timers around in the 60’s that reveled in telling tales of the fear and thrills of racing motorcycles on that thing; it was too small for cars. I can’t imaging doing that and I am a retired AMA Expert off-road racer. The board track was nearly complete, but had many loose and warped boards on the racing surface. I never saw the grandstands as they were gone before my time; I was told that they were so high that you could get a nose bleed from the altitude needed to see over the outer edge of the track. I have no idea how much embelishment was included in the stories of guys going over the top, but the vision is still graphic today.
    Thanks for the memory…
    Chuck

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