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Motorcycle Memories

Special Presentation: Fri May 4th 1:00 pm and Sat May 5th 1:00 pm

FSMH Bike Show

Saturday May 5th: The museum will host a motorcycle show on the street out front. A $15 donation is recommended for entry. All proceeds benefit the Fort Smith Museum of History, a non-profit organization. More info click here  During the Rally admission is $5

 April 17, 2018 – June 2, 2018

On display will be the Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden by Fort Smith native Leroy Winters when he won the 1956 Jack Pine Enduro, launching a successful motorcycle racing career.  As winner of the Jack Pine Enduro, Winters was named the National Endurance Champion for 1956. The Winters Motorcycle on loan from the AMA Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio.

The exhibition and program, which was first presented in 2008, features vintage motorcycles and photographs exploring the “art of the motorcycle” in Fort Smith and the region from the 1940’s through present day. Fort Smith has an historical association with motorcycle culture. Learn about the people and places that places that put the region on the map for motorcyclists.

Quin Winters Bike shop on Towson Avenue was the nexus of motorcycle culture in Fort Smith from 1939 until 1975. His sons, Leroy and Robert Winters, gained national fame for their accomplishments in the field of motorcycle racing. In 1940, Fort Smithians Ercie Gann, Kathryn Johnson and Jean Fivekiller became charter members of the “Motor Maids,” a national organization of female motorcyclists. The annual “Razorback Run,” a one hundred fifty mile round trip ride from Fort Smith to White Rock Mountain near Mulberry, Arkansas drew motorcycle enthusiasts from a regional area from 1952 to 1955. Otis Spiker played a vital role in the area cycling culture.  As one of the few manufacturers of Henderson motorcycle parts, Spiker gained national recognition as well as becoming a local motorcycle legend.  Fort Smith native Danny Hammond raced motorcycles professionally from 1959-1969.  After retirement, Hammond raced in the Vintage Dirt Track Racing Association winning the National championships 2004-2007.  These stories and more come to life with the Motorcycle Memories exhibit and program.

 Motorcycle Memories is designed to unite the “art of the motorcycle” with the generation of Americans that enjoy a lifestyle peculiar to the American mainstream.  The exhibit will strive to educate future generations about a fascinating spectrum of Americana.This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Museum is open Tues – Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm Closed Sun and Mon $7 Adults (16 and over), $5 Veterans and Military, $2 Children, Free -Under age 6 and Museum members

Leroy Winters Harley-Davidson on laon to and on display at the Fort Smith Museum of History (Image courtesy of AMA Hall of Fame)