Two Wheels, Three Wheels, Four Wheels. We Love ‘Em All.

Markel tour (1)Wheels, tires, pistons, fenders. If it’s got any of those components we’re interested! Yes, this is nominally a motorcycle site but when confronted with the chance to check out a stunning collection of both bikes and cars, we cannot resist. That’s exactly what we were offered on Sunday – an opportunity to visit the collection of Dave Markel from Skippack, Pa. In the process of putting together the Modern Classics Motorcycle Show here at Martin Motorsports each of the past three years we became acquainted with Dave’s collection through his friend Mike Casale. Mike’s from Skippack too, is a noted bike collector in his own right, and takes a big role in managing Mr. Markel’s amazing collection and private museums. Last Sunday, on a beautiful spring morning, a number of us from the Martin Motorsports family had the chance to visit Dave’s collection. Words don’t do it justice but maybe some of these pictures can.

1950 Alfa Romeo Tipo 159S Grand Prix racer as driven by World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio

1950 Alfa Romeo Tipo 159S Grand Prix racer as driven by World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio

Alfa Tipo 159S Wheel details

Alfa Tipo 159S Wheel details

Alfa Tipo 159S Details

Alfa Tipo 159S Details

Alfa Romeo Rally Car Details

Alfa Romeo Rally Car Details

Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta

Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta

1935 MG K3 LeMans Spec Roadster

1935 MG K3 LeMans Spec Roadster

1929 Short Wheelbase LeMans spec Blower Bentley

1929 Short Wheelbase LeMans spec Blower BentleySomewhere in the gray area between bike and car. 1933 Morgan Moog with J.A. Prestwick (ie J.A.P.)engine Somewhere in the gray area between bike and car. 1933 Morgan Moog with J.A. Prestwick (ie J.A.P.)engine 

 

 

1937 Excelsior ManxMan Road Racer.

1937 Excelsior ManxMan Road Racer.

1949 Ariel Square Four

1949 Ariel Square Four

1936 Matchless G90

1936 Matchless G90

1948 Indian Chief

1948 Indian Chief

1929 Indian "Beach Racer"

1929 Indian “Beach Racer”

Chrysler Imperial

1931 Chrysler Imperial

1961 BMW R26

1961 BMW R26

Engine bay of a Cistalia Racer

Engine bay of a 1946 Cistalia Monoposto Racer

Rumi Road Racer

Rumi Road Racer

1953 Mercedes 300S Cabriolet

1953 Mercedes 300S Cabriolet

While Dave’s impeccable collection is not publicly displayed you can ordinarily see examples from his collection at the Radnor Hunt Concours (http://www.radnorconcours.org/) , coming up on September 15, 2013 in Malvern, Pa. or other antique shows in the region. Who knew there was so much incredible stuff here in Southeast Pennsylvania.

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