An Afternoon with with Dave Ekins & FreindsMore than 200 guests gathered last Sunday at Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, Calif., for An Afternoon with Dave Ekins and Friends and re-release of the commemorative edition of the iconic 1956 book How to Ride and Win.
It was an historic event for all motorcycle enthusiasts, and a serious who’s-who of Southern California’s motorcycle history.The occasion provided the rare opportunity for motorcycle legends to come together and share their epic tales of the early days of the sport.It was also a continued celebration of Forest Lawn Museum’s Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition, on view through January 5.The panelists included event MC and actor Perry King, and motorcycle greats Dave Ekins, who with his late brother Bud, are American Motorcycle Association Hall of Famers.Other known names in the industry included Don Emde, Sue Fish, John Hateley, Gunnar Lindstrom, Eddie Mulder, Mike Parti and Preston Petty.Many legendary guests included racers, supporters and collectors: Sue McGee, Cliff Coleman, Flathead Jedd, Doug Bingham, “Sidecar” Suzy Elsworth, Tom Seymour, Zapata Espinoza, Dennis “Mouse” Gildehaus, Dennis Murdoch, Steve Murdoch, Rick Chew, Kaming Ko, Urban Hirsch III, along with many others.Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle is a meticulously curated exhibition that presents an in-depth look at the dynamic history of motorcycle culture, featuring some of the most beautiful, historic, rare and collectable vintage motorcycles; one-of-a-kind hand-painted motorcycle helmets, previously worn by world and national racing champions; painted motorcycle gas tanks and fenders; as well as paintings, sculpture and photographs by a dozen of today’s most celebrated motorcycle artists—many of whom are Southern California natives and/or residents. The exhibit is on view through January 5, 2015.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.