Things are starting to come together for the National Motorcycle Museum’s upcoming exhibit, The Allstate Motorcycle Chopper Story presented by J&P Cycles. It is the first-ever motorcycle exhibit comprehensively documenting the evolution of the American Custom Motorcycle: the cut-downs, bob-jobs, show bikes and choppers, from the late 1920s to the early 1980s.
The exhibit will open June 20, 2015, just in time for the 2015 Vintage Rally. The Allstate Motorcycle Chopper Story exhibit will include only period-built bikes, plus related artwork, memorabilia, film posters and photos, plus contemporary artwork commissioned for the show.
“The bikes in the show are Honda, Harley and Triumph powered, even BSA, built by regular folks next door, but also Von Dutch, Ron Finch, Arlen Ness, Indian Larry and others, and show a lot of originality,” says John Parham, owner of the National Motorcycle Museum. “Some of the paint is tamer than we see these days, but amazingly, most of the 40 to 50 year old bikes on display have original candy apple and pearl paint. After you see CHOPPER STORY, you’ll have a better perspective on custom builds you see today. Looking at all this fine work, done so many decades ago just makes me smile.”
The 2 Wheels+Motor art exhibit will also be on display, with artists from all across America participating. Although paintings will be the predominant medium, there will also be bronze and mixed media sculptures, prints and photographs, and most art work will be for sale during this one year show ending May, 2016.
Just like the previous Dirt Track Heroes exhibit, which was on display for two years, The Allstate Motorcycle Chopper Story presented by J&P Cycles won’t be around forever.
The National Motorcycle Museum, located in Anamosa, Iowa, was founded in 1989 by people who love motorcycling and it thrives today because of their sound plan. Engineers, racers, bike builders, tuners and others as far back as the late 1800s built the groundwork for what motorcycling has become. The National Motorcycle Museum’s goal is to present their passion, and ours, through fine interpretive exhibitions built around a fine collection of machines and historical objects from around the world.