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Staff Photo / Andy Gray Jim Iacozili, left, one of the organizers of the 22nd National Packard Museum Motorcycle Show, and Bruce Williams, who has participated in the Motorcycle Show since its inception, talk about the Buell RR1000 from 1987, the motorcycle featured for this year’s show.

WARREN – The National Packard Museum is taking an Everybody’s Approach for its 22nd annual motorcycle exhibit.

There are still old motorcycles – five of the vehicles on display this year are over 100 years old – but the museum has given up “antique” named after the show, and the more than 30 machines on display will also include a 2021 Harley Davidson XG.

Instead of building the exhibit around a particular theme, the show features bikes representing six categories: veteran, sport, road / off-road, racing, military, and scooters.

“This is the first year that we have moved away from a theme”, Jim Iacozili, one of the show’s organizers, said. “We’re doing more of what the Barber Motorcycle Museum (in Alabama) does. This way we can get a greater variety of motorcycles, something for all age groups.

One thing they are doing this year that they plan to continue in the future is to present a “marquee” bike, something unique and with a bit of history behind it.

This bike is a 1987 Buell RR1000 BattleTwin, created by Eric Buell.

“Eric Buell is originally from Gibsonia, Pa., And went to the University of Pittsburgh,” said Iacozili. “He raced at Nelson Ledges and on local motorcycle tracks. “

Only 50 of the sports motorcycles were made, and Hemmings Motor News called the creation of Buell “Appallingly close to perfection” with a lightweight design and ” on the spot “ aerodynamic. The Buell RR1000 BattleTwin which will be on display at the Packard Museum is on loan from New Castle Harley-Davidson and has only 3 miles on the clock.

Another rare motorcycle in the living room is a 1960 Vellocette Thruxton.

“I think 200 were made, and this is only the second I’ve seen in my life”, said Bruce Williams, who has participated in the Packard Motorcycle Show since its inception.

This year’s exhibit will be accompanied by art by Guy Shively, an artist from Austintown who also does stripes and gold leaf lettering on the vehicles.

“He is a longtime friend of the museum, a member, and has produced a number of auto and motorcycle show logos. said the museum’s executive director, Mary Ann Porinchak. “He painted stuff for us that we sold and auctioned and made prints that we sell in our store.”

A painting that Shively made of motorcycle parts, which is in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art, was on loan to the museum for last year’s motorcycle show. This year, more than 15 pieces by Shively will be on display alongside the motorcycles.

Some of this year’s bikes are owned by collectors such as Williams, who have participated in them for years, but Iacozili said the show continues to attract new owners.

“The Packard motorcycle show is very well known in the United States”, said Iacozili. “We get a lot of requests from people who have stuff and have offered to put it on.”

The National Packard Museum has a form on its website (packardmuseum.org) that motorcycle owners can fill out if they want their bikes to be considered for a future exhibit.

Imitation is not only the most sincere sign of flattery; it is also the surest index of success. And both Iacozili and Williams have said they’ve noticed that many other auto museums have added motorcycle exhibits to their lineup since the National Packard Museum first did so in 2001.

It’s easy to see why. The motorcycle exhibit brings people to and around the museum in what was traditionally its slowest time of year.

Iacozili, who owns the Motozilli motorsport store on the road to the Champion Museum, said: “Every Saturday in January and February, people from out of town come into the store and look around, waiting for the museum to open. And a lot of them go to lunch and other places while they’re here.

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Maria R. Newman