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Warren museum features motorcycle racing legends in annual exhibit

The exhibit will be on display until the end of May

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) - Vintage motorcycles lined the halls of the National Packard Museum in Warren on Friday, each model displaying how manufacturing has changed over the years. 

Mary Ann Porinchak, executive director of the museum, organized the the 19th annual Designed to Ride exhibit. 

"It gives the motorcycle riders and collectors an opportunity to showcase this history," Porinchak said.

Some dating back more than a century, the bikes allow guests to see how motorcycles have evolved from 1910 to 2000.

Some of the original owners were also in attendance, including renowned motorcycle racer John Penton.

"It's remarkable to have the original bike, the magazine cover and the man that rode the motorcycle all together like we have right now," Porinchak said. 

A magazine cover on display captures Penton as he raced in Germany for the International Six Days Trial over 50 years ago. The BMW bike on display at the exhibit is the same one from the picture. 

Memorabilia is plastered across his exhibit from when he turned his racing passion into a business.

"I later decided I wanted to build a motorcycle myself," Penton said.

History like Penton's is the reason the museum has this showcase each year, Porinchak said.

The exhibit will be on display until the end of May. 

 

 


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