Lucky Member Wins Vintage Racer Leather Jacket
7 February 2000
Lucky member wins vintage racer leather jacket PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Good things do happen to good people. Long-time American Motorcyclist Association member and legislative supporter Scott Braman, of Ballston Lake, N.Y., was randomly picked recently to receive the popular AMA/Intersport Fashions West Vintage Racer leather jacket as part of a year-end drawing to support the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. A 17-year member, Braman was the lucky winner the drawing, held in conjunction with the sale of 500 special-edition Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum collector postcard sets, each featuring a different famed racing champion. A few postcard sets are still available. One postcard is $10 and includes an American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Supporter Pin. A set of five postcards and pins is $40, and a five-postcard set with one pin is $30. Proceeds help support the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Braman, a regular AMA Legislative Supporter, believes wholeheartedly in the AMA's mission. "The AMA keeps my ability to ride alive," said Braman. "I own five bikes right now, I'm buying another, and my 8-year-old son owns two. In fact, he's been a member since he was three, and the membership card was the first thing he put in his first wallet." Braman's new bike will be a classic Ducati he plans to turn into a cafe racer, and the Vintage Racer Jacket will be a perfect complement for the machine. The Vintage Racer jacket, created by Intersport Fashions West in coordination with the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, is constructed of heavy 1.5-mm leather and mixes a vintage design with a host of modern conveniences. There are extra layers of padding at the elbows and shoulders, with interior pockets at those points to fit optional body armor. Two slash pockets are on the chest, and zippered underarm vents help cool you on warmer riding days. The eye-catching interior lining backs up the retro feel with a full-color rendition of a vintage TT-racing poster. Jackets are still available at $350 each. To order your own set of commemorative postcards or a Vintage Racing Jacket, contact AMA Product Sales at (614) 856-1900. -30- The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, operated by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, is located on the same campus location as American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) headquarters, 13515 Yarmouth Dr., Pickerington, Ohio. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Weekend hours, March through October, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (614) 856-1900 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or visit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum website at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. Issue No. M00002 Contact: John Eikenberry February 4, 2000 Phone: (614) 856-1900 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fax: (614) 856-2221 Published Occasionally One-of-a-kind Indian Traffic Car donated to Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- What would you pay for a 1939 Indian Traffic Car? What about one that's considered by many to be the best example of this rare three-wheel delivery motorcycle? If its reserve price of $150,000 at the recent Sotheby's auction in Chicago was too rich for your blood, don't despair -- you can now see the very same bike on display at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum at AMA headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio. Donated by Fred Dauer, this rare motorcycle was owned by Norman Bent's Cycle Shop, in Green Bay, Wis., and remains in original, unrestored condition. Bent used the car not only as viable transportation, but also as an advertising billboard for his growing bicycle and motorcycle shop. In fact, Bent's Traffic Car made him a favorite of townspeople and newspapers. The unique vehicle, like all Indian Traffic Cars, has a robust Indian-designed mini-van body attached to a factory-built subframe and features heavy oak flooring, a 20-gauge steel outer shell over an oak framework and a plywood roof covered with canvas. Estimates have the machine's total weight between 800-1,000 pounds. The Traffic Car is powered by a '39 Indian Chief side-valve, 42-degree, 73-cubic-inch V-twin engine and uses an adapted standard Chief frame. The paint is in the original "World's Fair" colors, a factory option. The "van" as it was affectionately known to family and friends, is in excellent working condition and has a three-speed transmission with reverse. Only minor repairs and slight restoration have been done over the years. Few Traffic Cars still exist, and none are known to be in as original a state as this one. The Traffic Car will soon be put on display in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. For more information about the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, log on to www.motorcyclemuseum.org or call (614) 856-1900. -30- The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, operated by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, is located on the same campus location as American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) headquarters, 13515 Yarmouth Dr., Pickerington, Ohio. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Weekend hours, March through October, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (614) 856-1900 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or visit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum website at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.