Motorbikes for the Masses

Hershey, PA (February 20, 2015) As spring approaches we’re excited for our next new exhibit that offers some summer fun. Motorbikes for the Masses will feature a variety of smaller motorbikes, scooters, mopeds and the like on display from March 14 – October 11, 2015. Inexpensive, reliable, easy to maneuver and park transportation for a crowded urban area is where motorbikes, scooters, and mopeds really shine compared to ‘traditional’ motorcycles. The AACA Museum honors these often under-appreciated and sometimes ridiculed machines with its new exhibit, “Motorbikes for the Masses”. While not a new invention (the 1915 Motoped from Long Island is considered to be the first production scooter), smaller motorbikes and scooters gained immense popularity in Post-WWII Europe and Asia. The ravages of war had left many factories in ruins, and affordable transportation options for the populace were in dire need. Former aircraft factories, forbidden to build planes, turned to these two-wheeled, small-framed machines. They were easy to manufacture compared to automobiles or other large forms of transportation, provided much -needed jobs and immediate freedom to travel for the public. While the most iconic machines came from Germany, Japan and Italy, motorbikes have been produced and sold throughout the world. Here in America, major suppliers including Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward and even Harley-Davidson offered imported examples under their brand name. While not as successful in sales numbers compared to Europe and Asia, these little entry-level ‘cycles have achieved a cult-level status among their admirers. “Motorbikes for the Masses” captures that appeal and its but historical styles and designs within its exhibit. The AACA Museum’s other current exhibit is Lotus: The Art of Lightness which runs through April 26th. This exhibit features more than 60 years of exciting Lotus road and race cars. Coming May 23, we’ll begin our summer road trip with A Family Affair: Station Wagons running through October 11th. An opening reception for both the Motorbikes for the Masses and Family Affair exhibits will take place on May 22nd. This special reception is open to the public at a cost of $15.00 per person. Tickets will be available via the AACA Museum ticket counter 717-566-7100 ext. 100 daily 9AM – 4 PM. About the AACA Museum The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under and AACA...

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The Elegance at Hershey June 12-14 A Weekend of Cars and Causes

The Elegance at Hershey to be Held June 12-14 A Weekend of Cars & Causes at The Hotel Hershey HERSHEY, PA – The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of a bygone era when the automobile stirred our imaginations and quickened our hearts. Today, people both young and old marvel at the extravagances of the automobiles of the past. From race cars to street cars that were not only about pure performance but also incorporated artistic design, a symphony of sound and sensory overload worthy of the finest wines. Cars were not just about transportation; they were a statement. The Elegance at Hershey will bring the finest of race cars and show quality collector cars of the pre-World War II and immediate post-World War II period together for a weekend celebrating the automobile. The Elegance at Hershey is so much more than a celebration, it is also about causes. Raising money for charity is the ultimate point of this event; JDRF, the AACA Museum, and AACA Library & Research Center will benefit. The festivities commence on Friday with The Grand Ascent, a vintage hill climb exhibition in the European tradition, where drivers pilot some of the finest historic race cars up the historic back road at the Hotel Hershey. The Grand Ascent appeals to enthusiasts and curious spectators alike. Sanctioned by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA), the two-day hill climb event includes a sponsor/vendor area for marketing to participants and the general public. The Elegance Challenge – a 5K run – is a timed runners’ race up the challenging Grand Ascent hill climb course held Saturday. With a 7/10-mile steep uphill first leg, the race continues back to the start line area for a total of 5K. Sponsorship and entry fees benefit The Elegance at Hershey charities. In 2015 we initiate the Concorso Bizarro, a car show of “unusual” and just plain weird cars and other surprises that are sure to make the weekend even more spectacular. This will also be held on Saturday. Following the Grand Ascent on Saturday, there will be a gala themed night-time party and fun-filled celebration for the benefit of the charities. The event reaches its crescendo the following day, with the highlight of the weekend, The Elegance. Modeled after the finest concours in Europe and America, The Elegance is a genteel garden party featuring the world’s finest collector cars, arrayed around the classically manicured gardens of The Hotel Hershey®. Car owners, hotel guests, and those who appreciate automotive history, gather for a day of mutual admiration and relaxed camaraderie. Sprinkled among the fabulous and famous cars will be tents filled with art and other treasures. The Elegance at Hershey is currently seeking high-quality sponsors and vendors for its 2015 events. A wide range of vending and sponsorship opportunities exists. Vendors and business interested in sponsoring and exhibiting at The Elegance...

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Women’s Role in Automotive History

As part of our new late night hours on the first Thursday of every month, we will be having a special presentation in honor of Women’s History Month for March. Join us at the AACA Museum on March 5th at 7 PM for a presentation on “Women’s Role in Automotive History.” Presented by a Senior Museum Docent, learn about the various roles women played during the history of the automobile and how it affected the automotive world. Call us ahead to ensure you have a seat before the crowd arrives!...

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