Peterson Museum Throws Motorcycle Icon a Birthday Bash

Arlen Ness PhotoLos Angeles, Calif. (June, 2013) – Few, if any, have had a more prolific and respected career in custom motorcycle building than Arlen Ness, and the Petersen Automotive Museum is thrilled to honor the man himself and his creations with a Birthday Bash on July 12, followed by a motorcycle cruise-in on July 13 and a special summer-long exhibit titled Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels.

The Arlen Ness Birthday Bash on July 12 at 6p.m. will include cocktails and dinner in celebration of Ness. Friends of Arlen Ness will speak to honor the legend, who will also answer questions from the audience. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased at www.Petersen.org.

The exhibit will open on Saturday, July 13, marked with a V-Twin Cruise-In from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who rides a motorcycle to the museum will receive free parking and two-for-one admission to the museum. Arlen Ness will be signing autographs at 11:00 am.

Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels, which runs through Sept. 8, 2013, will feature motorcycle masterpieces built by Arlen Ness that together embody a style and spirit that blends sculpture and the thrill of motoring on two wheels. Alongside Arlen’s bikes will be others built by his son Cory and grandson Zach—three generations of the Ness family have crafted some of the most stunning and trend setting custom motorcycles to ever grace the highway.

Ness began his career in the 1960s with the customization of a 1947 Harley Knucklehead. After entering the bike in local shows, he was noticed by future customers and started a business custom painting bikes. As his popularity grew and demand increased, Ness began selling custom parts and custom motorcycles with a stretched and lowered style which became the hallmark of his designs. After more than four decades, Ness has a large product line specializing in Victory and Harley-Davidson accessories and has received a variety of awards including Builder of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Awards and induction to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

The Sacramento Mile Returns

A full evening of 130 mph wheel-to-wheel combat, high speed skills and sheer grit await race fans when the SACRAMENTO MILE swings into action at the Cal Expo Center, Saturday evening July 30th in Sacramento, Calif.

It has been over a decade since Sacramento race fans have witnessed the non-stop action packed racing of AMA Pro Flat Track.  Featuring the nation’s top two-wheeled flat track riders, fans will be treated to an unmatched spectacle as riders fly down the Sacramento Mile, pitch their bikes sideways and slide through the turns.  There is no such thing as pacing in this type of racing…it is all or nothing…with only one rider emerging as the winner.

Not only will this race pit rider against rider, but it will also pit machine against machine.

Harley Davidson, Honda, Aprilia, BMW, Buell, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha all offer AMA approved models.

Gates open at 1:30 pm.  Riders will run practice in the afternoon with open ceremonies taking place at 6:30 pm.  Racing begins at 7:00 pm.  A special autograph session will be held immediately following the last practice.  Fans can meet their favorite riders, take pictures and get autographs.

Tickets are available on line at boxoffice@calexpo.com or call the Cal Expo Box Office at 916-263-3295.

Advance ticket prices are $85 for the Turf Club, $75 for the Legends Club House, $65 for Box Seats and $50 for Reserved Grandstands.  All tickets are $10 more at the gate.  All tickets also include same day admission to the Fair.

Easyrider Returns to Charlotte

The popular Easyrider Bike Show tour returns to the Charlotte Convention Center this weekend with hundreds of motorcycles running the gamut from high dollar customs to barely running rat bikes.

This year the rat rods and hot rods also occupies the hall with a couple dozen four wheel entries.

For the younger set the show also provides a “kids zone” entertainment area to provide a nice diversion for the little ones.

Michael Ballard and Angie Colson, direct from the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis South Dakota will also be on hand selling merchandise and signing autographs and meeting their fans.

For more information and prices and times click here.