Motorcycle MemoriesApril 17, 2018 - June 2, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Regional motorcycle history roars into life during the Motorcycle Memories exhibition at the Fort Smith Museum of History.
Motorcycle Memories, one of the museum’s most popular annual exhibits, will feature the Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden by Fort Smith native Leroy Winters when he won the 1956 Jack Pine Enduro, continuing a successful national motorcycle racing career.
As winner of the Jack Pine Enduro, Winters was named the National Endurance Champion for 1956. The Winters Motorcycle is loaned from the AMA Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio.
During the Steel Horse Motorcycle Rally, the Motorcycle Memories program will be presented at 1 p.m. May 4 and 5. The museum hosts a motorcycle show in front of the museum on May 5. A $15 donation is recommended for entry. "Burgers and Beer" is also May 5, with food sponsored by First National Bank. All proceeds benefit the Fort Smith Museum of History, a non-profit organization.
The exhibition and program, which was first presented in 2008, features vintage motorcycles and photographs exploring the “art of the motorcycle” in Fort Smith and the region from the 1940s through present day. Fort Smith has an historical association with motorcycle culture. Learn about the people and places that places that put the region on the map for motorcyclists.
Quin Winters Bike shop on Towson Avenue was the nexus of motorcycle culture in Fort Smith from 1939 until 1975. His sons, Leroy and Robert Winters, gained national fame in the field of motorcycle racing. In 1940, Fort Smithians Ercie Gann, Kathryn Johnson and Jean Fivekiller became charter members of the Motor Maids, a national organization of female motorcyclists. The annual “Razorback Run,” a 150-mile round trip ride from Fort Smith to White Rock Mountain near Mulberry, Ark., drew motorcycle enthusiasts from a regional area from 1952 to 1955. Otis Spiker played a vital role in the area cycling culture. As one of the few manufacturers of Henderson motorcycle parts, Spiker gained national recognition as well as becoming a local motorcycle legend. Fort Smith native Danny Hammond raced motorcycles professionally from 1959-1969. After retirement, Hammond raced in the Vintage Dirt Track Racing Association winning the National championships 2004-2007.
These stories and more come to life with the Motorcycle Memories exhibit and programs. Motorcycle Memories is designed to unite the “art of the motorcycle” with the generation of Americans that enjoy a lifestyle peculiar to the American mainstream. The exhibit will educate future generations about a fascinating spectrum of Americana. Programs will be available to area students during April and May. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Fort Smith Museum of History was selected to receive proceeds from the Steel Horse Motorcycle Rally scheduled for May 4-5 in downtown Fort Smith.
Admission: Museum admission: $7 adults; $5 veterans/military; $2 children; under age 6 are free.
Event Location and Contact Information:
320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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