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Hershey auto museum adds racing to motorcycle exhibit

The competitive tradition of motorcycling is highlighted in new museum exhibit.

Hershey, Pennsylvania - The Antique Motorcycle Club of America’s first exhibit at Hershey, which opened June 2008, has become a very popular feature of the American Automobile Club of America Museum, displaying nearly 40 motorcycles dating from 1884 to 1973.

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Now, the exhibit is being updated to tell the story of the competitive tradition of motorcycling in a new exhibit: “Fast from the Past: The Competition Motorcycles of Yesteryear.” The new exhibit, which will open in June and continue through late May 2010, will bring together racing machines owned by AMCA members from throughout North America, ranging from a little five horsepower 1908 Indian to later-day fire-breathing monsters capable of speeds approaching 200 mph.

AMCA Foundation President Peter Gagan says, “No matter how old or new it is, there’s a Spartan, no-nonsense beauty in any motorcycle built specifically for competitive use. We will demonstrate this fact and show how designers have fulfilled their need for speed through more than a century of motorcycle history.”

The exhibit will also highlight the range and diversity of motorcycle competition, featuring motorcycles from the trim, light bikes used for the graceful sport of observed trials to the sleek missile-like machines used to pursue the upper ranges of all-out land speed competition. Between these extremes are more than a dozen categories of motorcycle competition that will be depicted through the display of motorcycles ranging from 1908 to the late 1970s.

For information, hours, and directions to the AACA Museum, go to, E-mail, or call 717-566-7100.

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