Los Angeles—The Petersen Automotive Museum has unveiled its newest exhibition of two-wheeled history: Harley vs. Indian. America’s two most celebrated motorcycle manufacturers have a long-documented rivalry that spans more than a century and has spawned some of the world’s most amazing remarkable motorcycles. The exhibition, presented by Bonnier Corporation, opened to the public in the Richard Varner Family Gallery on Saturday March 4, 2017 and will run through early February 2018.
The Harley vs. Indian exhibition features racing motorcycles, road motorcycles, scooters, trikes and more from both Harley-Davidson and Indian’s long histories as manufacturers. The exhibit showcases the incredible similarities and marked differences in the approach of both companies to solving complex mechanical problems. It also takes an in-depth look at the famous Harley-Davidson and Indian racing rivalry that drove much of their respective technological innovations.
Among the two-wheel works of art on display is a 1936 Harley Davidson Knucklehead, a 1939 Indian Super Scout, a 1920 Indian Daytona racer, as well as both companies’ modern flat-track racing bikes. The three-wheeled offerings on display incudes a 1922 Harley with a period sidecar and a 1936 Indian Dispatch Tow. The exhibition also features minibikes and scooters, including a 1948 Indian Stylemaster and a 1963 Harley-Davidson Topper.
“All of us at the museum share a great passion for motorcycles,” said Terry Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “It’s our great pleasure to be able to showcase the history of these two incredible American manufacturers and to educate the public on their contributions to American culture throughout the last century.”
For more information about the event or exhibit, visit www.Petersen.org