We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again……We love all motorcycles. Large or small. New or old. That deep seated interest leads us to some extraordinary opportunities. Like the 2014 edition of the Classic Motorcycles at The Simeone Museum. If you don’t know about the Simeone, you should. Located in a warehouse area in West Philadelphia not far from Philadelphia International Airport, this undiscovered gem houses one of the world’s finest collection of classic, racing and sports cars. Check out their web site to learn more about the museum and the remarkable selection of vehicles that has been assembled by founder Dr. Fred Simeone. OK, but what about motorcycles?
Each summer for the past several years the Simeone has presented a month long tribute to classic motorcycles. This year Vincent and Brough Superior were chosen as the show’s featured marques along with a selection of sub 250cc bikes from the 1974 and earlier period. Despite the fact that we at Martin Moto have never sold a Vincent nor ever had a Brough Superior on our showroom floor, we have elected to become the presenting sponsor of the 2014 Simeone Show. With such sponsorships come privilege. Last Saturday evening we were invited to the Museum’s Classic Motorcycles Show kickoff party. What a fascinating event! Not only did we have the opportunity to stroll the display floor and check out the amazing machinery on display but we had the chance to shmooze with many of the owners and other like minded classic bike enthusiasts. Later in the evening we had the chance to hear the featured speaker – Matthew Bieberman, author of the 2009 book, “Big Sid’s Vincati” speak of his famous (at least among the Vincent crowd) father Sid Bieberman and the family’s love for, and great adventures with, the Vincent brand. And, oh yes, there were bikes.
Currently on display at the Simeone are some 30+ classic motorcycles, including two of the ultra-rare Brough Superiors and nearly 20 Vincents of various ages, models, and pedigrees. Interestingly, among the bikes at the Simeone, there are some half a dozen that have previously been shown at our own Modern Classics show.
Classic Motorcycles at the Simeone runs from now until September 12. The Simeone Museum is open daily Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Monday – just like bike dealerships!) For more information and directions go to http://simeonemuseum.org/ If the classic motorcycles virus is in your blood then you will probably want to put a visit to the Simeone on your calendar.
If you want to see some more classic bikes in action then plan on joining us for the Modern Classics Ride-In next Saturday, August 30 at Martin Moto!