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NEWS- CHOPPER STORY, A New Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum


Allstate Motorcycle
Chopper Story
Presented by J&P Cycles
New Exhibition at the
National Motorcycle Museum
Anamosa, Iowa; Opening June 20, 2015

Allstate Motorcycle CHOPPER STORY presented by J&P Cycles Exhibit

Opening June 20 at National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa
After about eight months planning, the National Motorcycle Museum has installed a great new temporary exhibit entitled CHOPPER STORY. The twenty plus bikes on display are the originals from the 60’s and 70’s, early 1980’s, when cut and extended stock frames, or frames from Amen or Arlen Ness were used. Choppers from Arlen Ness, Indian Larry, Ron Finch, Dave Bell, Barry Duncan, Tommy Summers and other builders across America make up the show. The exhibit was curated by author and journalist, Paul d’Orleans. It’s pretty amazing what’s been located and shipped in from as far away as Baltimore and San Francisco, and many of the bikes still wear their original candy and pearl paint jobs now 40 to 50 years old.
The long history of choppers is a uniquely American story, akin to Rock ‘n Roll in its cultural impact and global influence. The National Motorcycle Museum has assembled this first-ever exhibit comprehensively documenting the evolution of the American Custom Motorcycle, telling the story of the bob-jobs, show bikes and choppers.  Opening June 20, 2015, the Allstate Motorcycle CHOPPER STORY presented by J&P Cycles exhibit includes only period-built bikes, plus related artwork, memorabilia, film, posters and photos, plus contemporary artwork commissioned for the show in a fine art show entitled 2 WHEELS+MOTOR curated by sculptor, Ric Stewart.
Americans started ‘chopping’ bikes long before ‘Easy Rider.’ It all began in the late 1920s with the ‘Cut-Down’, based on the Harley JD or JDH, with shortened and lowered frames.  Next came the  ‘Bobber’ or ‘Bob-Job’, stripped-down Harleys and Indians and even British imports from the 1930s, built to look like the new AMA Class C dirt-track racers.  From the late 1940s, a few riders began decorating their Bob-Jobs, using chrome and wild paint, adding ape hangers, upswept exhausts, and small sissy bars, which by the 1950s became the established ‘show bike’ standards at combined car/motorcycle Hot Rod shows.  Drag racing motorcycles also influenced street customs using drag bars and raked forks.  By the late ’50s what we’d recognize as Choppers emerged, and in the early to mid-’60s raked steering heads, extended springer forks, wild pipes, sissy bars, sculpted tanks, and moulded frames were ridden by the hippest motorcyclists in America.
Museum staff asked author/curator Paul d’Orleans to create the new exhibit based on his research for his book on choppers, The Chopper; The Real Story. Paul is a well-known writer (‘The Ride’, ‘Café Racers’, plus TheVintagent.com) and curator (most recently at the Sturgis ‘Motorcycle as Art’ exhibits with Michael Lichter), the Custom & Style editor for Cycle World, and contributes monthly to magazines in six languages.


Make plans to see this exhibit during the National Motorcycle Museum’s June 20 Vintage Rally event in Anamosa, Iowa or any time through May 2016 when the 12 month temporary Allstate Motorcycle CHOPPER STORY exhibit will be dismantled. If you have any questions about the show, check the National Motorcycle Museum website, www.nationalmcmuseum.org
or call 319 462 3925.
Below are a few photos of bikes that make up CHOPPER STORY, on loan for the Allstate Motorcycle Chopper Story presented by J&P Cycles exhibit.

Please call or email for these photos at hi-res, or to discuss others you may need.

Mark: 614 551 0960

2015 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship at Bonneville Salt Falts to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 3

June 8, 2015

Media contact: James Holter

Note to editors: Click here to download an image from the 2014 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship (credit: Horst Rosler): www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Racing_Images/Bonneville2014.sflb.ashx

2015 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship at Bonneville Salt Flats to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 3

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — For many motorcyclists, outright speed is king. On Aug. 29Sept. 3 at the world famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, the fastest motorcyclists will compete at the 2015 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship to set national and world records.

“Few sports are as connected to one location as land-speed racing is to Bonneville,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “The name itself evokes an otherworldly sense of achievement — and that is what our racers strive for every year. Not only are they racing against others in their class for AMA National No. 1 plates, they are competing against the best of all time for a name in the record books.”

The Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, is the premier motorcycle land-speed racing event in the world. This AMA-sanctioned event, which also includes Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme recognition, offers competitors the opportunity to clinch AMA national and FIM world records aboard machines from 50cc mini-bikes to 3,000cc motorcycles.

“We’re honored to host such a prestigious event,” said event manager Delvene Manning. “Bonneville is always an exciting challenge, not just for the racers, but for the organizers. For us, it’s a welcomed opportunity to run an event in a truly unique environment, where so much is on the line.”

Competitors will have the opportunity to ride the following courses (length subject to change based on conditions), based on their machines:

  • Basic course: 3-mile total run (a 1-mile approach, 1-mile timed, and 1-mile shut down)
  • Intermediate course: 5-mile total run (2-mile approach, 1-mile timed, and 2-mile shut down)
  • Long course: 8-mile total run (up to 3.5-mile approach, 1-mile timed and up to 3.5-mile shut down)
Contenders in a variety of classes will attempt to secure the absolute world record. However, Bonneville is known for offering a range of classes for participants. In addition to state-of-the-art, custom-built streamliners, numerous entrants will compete in a number of less-sophisticated categories that allow racers to strive for glory on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.

Entry information, a detailed schedule, rules, classes and existing records are available at www.BonnevilleSpeedTrials.com.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

75th Anniversary Bike Week Logo Released




Yes, the 74th annual Daytona beach Bike Week is happening as we speak, but that hasn’t stopped Daytona beach city officials and the chamber of commerce from looking forward to next year. That’s because 2016 is the 75th anniversary of Bike Week in Daytona and the frenzy is already on!

The Daytona Chamber released the 75th anniversary logo at a press conference yesterday and made it clear that solid partnerships were in place for an event to remember. From Daytona International Speedway, to the Volusia County Sheriff’s department to sponsors such ad Budweiser and Harley-Davidson – the local community and the broader motorcycle industry are determined to work together to make riders welcome.
A big thumbs up to the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce!


Marilyn Stemp
Iron Trader News

Sturgis Rider Daily
Logistics & Publicity: Evel Knievel Collection


Media Release

March 9, 2015

Contact: Meghan Hughes

Marketing Director



75th Anniversary Bike Week Logo Released

Daytona Beach, FL – The Bike Week Festival Task Force is pleased to announce the winning 2016 logo in the annual Bike Week logo contest.  The 75th Anniversary is a very special year and as such the logo is an important part of the sales, marketing and promotion for the event.  The winner of the 75th Anniversary design is from Mid Florida Sportswear one of the Bike Week Festival Task Force local licensee’s.  The designer responsible for the winning logo there is Joe Erker whose creative design captures the historical perspective of the event while delivering sharp new elements reflecting the modern look of the future.  The design includes a little Florida style too with palm tree’s built into the center of the design.

Budweiser®, presenting sponsor of the Bike Week Logo is excited about the 75th Anniversary.  “It’s never easy to pick just one design from so many great entries, but this one really stood out for its uniqueness and reflection of the area,” Chris Bowler said.  “We think it will work in a number of different formats from t-shirts to pins as well as be a strong reflection of the area within the marketing materials we utilize it on,” Bowler continued.

Bike Week Task Force Co-Chair Bob Coleman said “The 75th logo goes everywhere and will become one of those logos with a long standing shelf life because of the significance of the anniversary year.  We anticipate strong sales related to the logo and have already started reaching out to new merchandisers for uses.  We also have returning sponsors who want to get a jump on the logo with the significance of it being so strong”, Coleman said.

           The 75th Anniversary of Bike Week takes place from March 4-13, 2016. Additional information on Bike Week in Daytona Beach can be found on the Official Daytona Bike Week Website at officialbikeweek.com featuring the largest online resource for attendees.

For information on any aspect of Bike Week 2015, contact the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce at 386.255.0981.

126 East Orange Avenue • Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

Phone 386.255.0981

Fax 386.258.5104