LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
The first quarter
of 2013 has been a busy one for the Museum.
Ray Hansen and the Education Committee continued the Museum’s focus on education with two presentations and a tour for members. The first presentation was held on February 16 where Kenny Dreer entertained a large crowd of 75-80 people talking about the New Norton motorcycle development under his direction plus a very interesting discussion of the current Norton Company with some informed speculation of its future and fortunes. On March 16, Bo Miller gave a very informative presentation on building a street motorcycle engine for speed and reliability.
Ray has also arranged for our members to tour the LeMay Museum on April 13. (More on page 3).
Another event that you may find interesting is a presentation on the history and business success story of Langlitz Leathers on April 27. Langlitz is a Portland icon and world-famous maker of leather motorcycle riding gear as well as leather goods for general use.
When you receive this newsletter we will have already held the member’s appreciation potluck luncheon. Hopefully you had a chance to attend to catch up with old friends and see what is happening at the Museum.
Speaking of getting involved, we need you to help out this summer and volunteer to be a docent. The Display Committee, chaired by Gene Walker, is working very hard to line up some great cars and motorcycles for our display this summer. This should be the best year ever and will include some cars and bikes that are 100 years or older as the centerpiece of the display. The Museum will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 - 4 starting June 1 and will go through September. If you count up all those days it is pretty clear that we need a lot of volunteers to cover all those times. It is a lot of fun and a great way to contribute to the museum without taking very much time from your summer schedule. Contact Don Feller, Doug Nelson or me about spending a few quality hours with your museum.
The Las Vegas motorcycle auction put on by Mid-America Auctions was held in January and I mentioned in the last issue that I planned to attend and try my luck selling a couple of my restored bikes. I am pleased to report that they both sold and although I might have wished for higher bids on one, it was great fun and met my objectives for attending. The selling prices ranged from the affordable (depending on your perspective) to the truly outrageous. The vintage motorcycle hobby does not come close to the prices for the old car market but they are definitely on the increase from a few years ago. I am busy in the shop working on the next restoration projects and hope to have a couple finished by summer. If so, I will have them on display at some of the many museum events this summer.
I hope to see all of you at one or more of our upcoming events. This is your museum and it is here for you and your family to enjoy.
President Mike Bostwick
By Ed Weber
An appeal was sent out to the membership to assist with maintenance elements at our Museum campus. The following folks have responded:
Don Peterson and Mike Bostwick have volunteered to monitor the condition and needs of the Texaco Station.
Gene Jacobs and Dave Mulheron have volunteered to monitor the condition and needs of the garage building and air compressor behind the station.
Marvin Nisly has volunteered to perform maintenance on the storm drain catchments annually.
Don Feller has volunteered to perform weed control on all elements of the campus.
Don Blain, Steve Zielinski, Neal Beutler, John Chandler and Ed Weber have volunteered to conduct grass mowings on the show field.
There are still opportunities for volunteers to assist with maintenance in the main Exhibit Hall and gazebo and assist with landscaping and irrigation activities on the show field.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE STEPPED FORWARD!!
Call Ed Weber at 503-390-3804 for details on maintenance opportunities remaining.
NW Vintage Car &
Motorcycle Museum Newsletter
The latest copy of the NW Vintage Car & Motorcycle Museum newsletter is here.
Newsletter 2012-02 (April-June 2012)
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We are in the process of building the main Museum building.
Shade Trees Planted At
Our new Car Campus area received new shade trees, thanks to a very generous donation by Paul Jensen, owner of J.B. Sod of Salem. On February 13, 2006, thirteen Norway Maple trees were delivered to the Campus area and planted . To find out more go to Shade Trees Planted.