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‘Let’s Ride’ motorcycle exhibit opens Saturday at History Museum

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Jan. 24, 2013 at 11:31 am |
January 24, 2013 11:31 am

Picture 1The Washington State History Museum opens its newest exhibit, “Let’s Ride! Motorcycling the Northwest” on Saturday. I’ll have a story on it in Friday’s GO section.

The show runs through June 23 and displays some two dozen vintage motorcycles. It tells the story of the motorcycle’s history in Washington. I took a walk through on Tuesday. Even if you’re like me and not into motorcycles you’ll find the show interesting.

There’s a voluminous amount of events associated with the show. Here’s the full schedule:

(All programs and events are free with museum admission)

• February 1, Friday First Friday 3 PM
“Let’s Ride”

Join curator Redmond Barnett for a walk and talk through 100 years of motorcycling in the Northwest. Hear stories from the road and get behind-the-scenes take on developing the Let’s Ride exhibit.

• February 9, Saturday Second Saturday 11 AM
“Washington’s World Class Racers: the first and the best!”

The first Americans to win world motorcycle championships were from Washington. Yakima’s Jim Pomeroy was the first of the firsts: first American to win, at the first race of the season-the World Motocross Grand Prix in Spain. Jim won that initial race in 1973 and was the first person to win it in his first ever international race. In 1977 he was the first American to win a motocross at the US 500cc Grand Prix. On his heels, Steve Baker of Bellingham was the first American to win a road racing world championship. He won in 1977 right after winning the prestigious Daytona 200.

Shawn McDonald, founder of the Washington State Motorcycle Hall of Fame will share their stories, display special artifacts of the era, show racing bikes on the museum plaza and highlight these two world racers he knew at the height of their careers. Look for the Shawn to speak on the 5 moments that changed motorcycle history too and to begin his talk in the exhibit gallery. Audience discussion welcome, coffee and snacks served during the presentation in the museum’s activity room.

• February 21, Thursday Third Thursday 6:30 PM
Movie Showing: “The World’s Fastest Indian”

The inspiring true story of New Zealander Burt Munro who set the land-speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967 on a 190 Indian motorcycle.

• March 1, Friday First Friday 3 PM
“The Invention of Motorcycles in the Age of Steam”

Ride back in time to the late 1800s where you’ll discover the early days of steam bikes and motoring innovation. It was a time of wild imagination and speculation on transportation of the future. You’ll get to see where motorcycle design and use came from, and where it has taken us today.

• March 9, Saturday Second Saturday 11 AM
“Motorcycle Travel-Exploring the Best Scenic Routes”

Sean and Monica McDermott have travelled 50,000 miles touring the Northwest for BestScenicRoutes.com. They explore national parks, monuments and small towns while indulging in all the great food along the way. Join them for a presentation on motorcycle adventure touring in the Pacific Northwest. Learn their favorite routes and what it takes to ride, camp and enjoy the Northwest on two wheels.

• March 16, Saturday Click! Family Flick 10 AM
Movie Showing: “The Mouse and the Motorcycle”

The best-selling book by Beverly Cleary comes to life in live action and dimensional animation. Ralph is not like other mice. He is always looking for a new adventure. Film showing is offered FREE through a partnership with Click! Network, The Grand Cinema, and WSHS.

• March 23, Saturday Film Presentation 3 PM
Movie Showing: “The Great Escape”

Steve McQueen and James Garner star in this 1963 classic film based on a true World War II story. Allied POWs plot the escape of hundreds from an “escape-proof” camp in Germany. With amazing characters and daring feats-including McQueen’s famous motorcycle ride-this film is great fun for motorcycle and World War II buffs alike.

• April 13, Saturday Motorcycle Rally 11 AM-2 PM
Presented in partnership with the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club

An exciting gathering of local motorcycle clubs at the Washington State History Museum to display their machines and share their motorcycling adventures. Watch the riders as they arrive! Participating motorcycle clubs will have information booths on site so you can learn about joining their membership.

1 PM Family Fun Starts in the Dirt
Presented by Washington Motorcycle Safety Program

Why start in the dirt? It’s the place the whole family can learn to ride together (starting at 6 yrs old). No experience is needed and all you need is to be able to balance a pedal bike. Everything you need including a dirt bike, basic safety gear, and training is included. Perfect for families and groups with small children. Courses cover responsible riding strategies and good decision making which combine to prevent injuries. Oh! By the way; plan on getting dirty.

• May 11, Saturday Motorcycle Rally 11 AM-2 PM
Presented in partnership with the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club

A gathering of local motorcycle clubs at the Washington State History Museum to display their machines and share their motorcycling adventures. Look for a large gathering of clubs from around the region.

1 PM “Motorcycling, is it for you?”
Presented by Washington Motorcycle Safety Program

Riding a motorcycle is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is invigorating with a sense of freedom that only a motorcyclist understands. Yet the skills needed for safe riding, combined with the lack of car crash protection and increased risk of injury, can cast doubts on whether you should ride a motorcycle. If you’re considering joining the group of 2-wheel enthusiast, come get an understanding of the choices and consequences in motorcycling and then decide if riding is for you.

• June 1, Saturday Poker Run Benefit 10 AM
Special Event to benefit the History Museum’s Field Trip Fund

Join area riders for a hand of poker and a fun tour of the South Sound for a good cause. Beginning at 10 AM at WSHM draw your first card and head out toward Olympia with stops in between and a refreshment break at the historical society’s State Capital Museum in Olympia, before you finish up at the Swiss Tavern for your final card.

Cost is $10 per rider and $15 for rider and passenger. The rider with the high poker hand will split the proceeds with the history museum. The history museum gift will go toward helping schools pay for field trip buses to the museum during the 2013-14 school year.
Supported and organized by the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club in partnership with the WSHS.

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