LeMay - America's Car Museum to be more awesome this summer

By Volcano Staff on April 2, 2012


Second only to the news that Seattle rock band Black Diamond welcomed rhythm guitarist Shane Cassidy to its roster, the big news of today is the announcement that Ace Café London is down with the "Summer Shakedown" vintage motorcycle festival Aug. 24-26 at the new fantastico LeMay - America's Car Museum, which we all know will open June 2.

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The show, co-promoted by the museum and Ace Cafe London, will be one of the signature events to debut at the four-level, 165,000 square-foot Tacoma museum following its June 2 grand opening and will feature an array of vintage bikes including Triumph, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson, BSA, Indian and Royal Enfield.

"This show will exemplify America's love affair with the motorcycle the same way ACM puts a spotlight on America's love affair with the automobile," said David Madeira, ACM president and CEO. "I've been a vintage motorcycle aficionado since the ‘70s, so my focus is to create an unrivaled vintage bike show in the Pacific Northwest."

In addition to judged classes, the event will include motorcycle-related movies, a swap meet, motorcycle demonstrations, live music and a Sunday "Ride to Rainier" overseen by the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club. Attendees can also enjoy panel discussions centered on the film "On Any Sunday" and a slideshow retrospective with Ace Cafe London Managing Director Mark Wilsmore.

"Our vision centers on creating a multifaceted event that draws motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the region to memorialize and celebrate motorcycle culture, said Burt Richmond, vintage motorcycle promoter and member of the ACM board of directors. "The Pacific Northwest has a vibrant motorcycle community, which puts Ace in position to become a staple of ACM for years to come."

The Summer Shakedown is co-sponsored by Ace Cafe, a London-based transport cafe with a prominent motorcycle following, which re-opened in 1997 after originally operating from 1938 until 1969. The August event will mark the first time Ace Cafe London has produced a vintage motorcycle event in America.

Booth space is also available and can be purchased by contacting LeAna Reising, ACM sales manager.

For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org .