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Motorcycles at the museum

January 27, 2012 - Frank Robinson
I had the pleasure recently of going to the National Packard Museum's 12th annual motorcycle exhibit on Mahoning Avenue in Warren. It was a sneak-preview on Friday the 13th and the weather, unlike recently, was not cooperating. There was plenty of snow on the ground. I thought about waiting a day or two for better weather, but decided to go anyway.

It was worth the trip. Surprisingly, there were a lot of people there, especially considering the weather conditions.

The exhibit officially opened on Saturday, Jan. 14. This is the 12th year for the car museum to feature the motorcycles. It was the first time I had been there since the addition was built in 2010 during the museumás expansion. The addition really adds a lot of room at the facility, which seemed cramped the last time I was there.

This year's theme for the motorcycle exhibit is called 'Packards Abroad.' It features motorcycles from around the world. I looked at most of them and I have to say the range in types of bikes was interesting. I was left scratching my head as I looked at some of the machines. Some looked like bicycles with little engines. Others looked more traditional. One had a cement mixer motor and was about 3 feet tall.

The exhibit runs through May 20, so that gives people plenty of time to go. And don't forget, there are some nice looking cars there, too.


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