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Motorbikes for the Masses

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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 AACA 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 Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. New for 2015, the AACA Museum will be open from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM on the first Thursday of each month. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.
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