The 5th Annual Steel Horse Rally Birds of Prey Show
Saturday, May 4th 9 a.m. at Cisterna Park, 1001 Garrison Ave., (near the statue featuring Fort Smith's General William Darby on a motorcycle!)
Come and learn about these incredible birds of prey! It's a fun event for the entire family. Lean about these birds from Tommy Young, bird expert and founder of the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center. From owls to hawks to falcons, see these amazing birds up close!
Make a charitable donation to this organization which has rehabilitated thousands of birds and animals and you can have your photo make with one of these majestic birds. For more information about the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center click here.
Tommy Young is the director of the wildlife center and holds degrees in Ornithology and Wildlife Medicine from Cornell University. He has helped rehabilitate and release back into the wild thousands of animals including 36 bears, 10,000 hawks, 9,000 owls, 22,000 mammals, 44 American Bald Eagles, 36 Golden Eagles. The wildlife center is located near Mena, AR, which makes for a good day-trip motorcycle ride from Fort Smith, AR.
Images courtesy of the Fort Smith Museum of History
1. Motorcycle gathering on Garrison Avenue, 1940. Quin Winters in on the right.
2. Motor Maids, Kathryn Johnson, Jean Fivekiller, and Ercie Gann in front of the Reynolds Davis Building at Garrison Avenue and 3rd Street, 1940.
(Opens May 3rd, 2019)
During the Steel Horse Motorcycle Rally
At the Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, Ark.
See the incredible history of motorcycles in Fort Smith, Ark., from the Motor Maids to some of the best racers in the country. For more details, click here.
Admission: $7 for Adults; $5 for Veterans and Military; Free for children under 6 and Free for Museum Members
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Fort Smith Museum of History will have several special events during the Steel Horse Rally in addition to the Bike Show, including:
Fort Smith Museum of History
Programs May 3 and 4 at 1:00 pm
Motorcycle Show May 4, 9:00 am-12:00 noon
Beer Garden May 4, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
During the Steel Horse Motorcycle Rally, join the Fort Smith Museum of History for an exhibit and programs exploring local and regional motorcycle history and culture. The exhibit will be featured in the Boyd Gallery during May 2019. Programs are scheduled for Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 pm during the motorcycle rally.
The exhibition, which was first presented in 2008, features vintage motorcycles, artifacts, 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 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. Quin's sons, Leroy and Robert Winters, gained national fame for their accomplishments in the field of motorcycle racing. The tradition continues with grandson Bart Winters and great-grandchildren Cory West and Erica Winters. Learn more about Fort Smith's first family 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. Out of fifty-one original Motor Maids, three were from Fort Smith, Arkansas! The organization is still around today.
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. Danny Hammond presents programs for students during the spring months.
These stories and more come to life with the Motorcycle Memories exhibit and programs.
The Fort Smith Museum of History was selected to receive proceeds from the Steel Horse Motorcycle Rally. Thank you! In honor of the rally and "all who serve" the museum will feature a new exhibit of Fort Smith Police Department and Fort Smith Fire Department artifacts.
The exhibits and programs are included with museum admission: $7 adults, $2 children, under age 6 are free.