Thursday, June 9, 2011

West Coast Art Show Features Classic & Rare Motorcycles

Dozens of classic motorcycles of all brands and eras will be on display through July 23rd at Coos Art Museum in the south coastal town of Coos Bay, Oregan. The "Thunder in CAM" exhibit opens with a reception on Friday night, June 10th 2011.

Featured motorcycles will include such rarities as a 1914 Cyclone, one of only three known to exist, and such all time classic motorcycles as the 1948 Indian Chief. The show will also feature an overview of Harley-Davidsons from 1911 through 2011.

The "Thunder in CAM" exhibit will also include 62 pieces of contemporary motorcycle art work produced by 35 artists. The invited artists come from 15 states and Canada. The art includes a variety of media from photography to wire sculputure. 

The Cyclone Motorcycle manufactured by Joerns Motor Manufacturing Company of St. Paul, Minnesota had a brief but illustrious career lasting from 1912 through 1917. It left its mark primarily on the board track and dirt track racing circuits of the early 1900s. In 1914, a Cyclone took the one-mile speed record title away from the famed Excelsior motorcycle – also on view in this exhibition. The Cyclones typically painted in Joerns' signature canary-yellow color are visually striking examples of early vintage motorcycles.

The 1948 Indian Chief Motorcycle with its trademark skirted fenders and gold trim is an American classic. With its low, thundering sound, it was one of those bikes that you’d hear before you saw it. The Chief was the last attempt to save the Indian company from the financial troubles it experienced after World War II. The Chief had the style, power, and technology to be one the finest motorcycles of its time.

"Thunder at CAM" (Coos Art Museum) promises to be a major motorcycle and art event, with numerous motorcycle related artifacts and art work occupying both floors of the Museum. The show will open with a reception from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, June 10th that is open to the public. 

Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies an historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay and is open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4pm on Saturday. 

Posted by MJ Lloyd Reynolds/MJR Media marketing services for the motorcycle industry -