The Harley-Davidson Museum is going full throttle into the world of racing with three special exhibits, celebrating dirt tracks to drag strips and everything in between. Learn more about each exhibit below. Visit the Harley-Davidson Museum website for more information.
June 17 – September 5, 2016
Go under the hood with mind-blowing mad scientists of speed to see just how much blood, sweat and elbow grease hot rodders pour into their machines – two wheels or four – in their race against time.
Housed in The Garage, one of the Museum’s special event spaces, the exhibit will explore drag racing’s humble roots on the back roads and airport runways of post-World War II America to the raceways of today, where Top Fuel machines hit speeds in excess of 320 mph in a quarter-mile.
The exhibit will also explore how drag racing has permeated pop culture, weaving its way into movies, toys, and so much more as Americans’ fascination with speed has exploded. Storied gassers and hot rodders like Stone, Woods, and Cook’s Swindler B; Don Garlits’s Swamp Rat 13; and Chet Herbert’s Harley-Davidson, The Beast, will give race fans the chance to get up close and personal with these aces of asphalt. Artwork from legendary artists such as Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Von Dutch will also grace The Garage walls.
January 22-September 5, 2016
Flat track racing’s preeminent photographer takes you down to pit row and into the grandstands to document the thrills and chills of life in the fast lane. Dave Hoenig has captured more than 1,000 races in his career, keeping his lens trained on the pageantry, emotion and camaraderie of a day at the track.
Opens January 22, 2016
The Harley-Davidson Museum’s Design Lab reopens with a focus on the role Harley-Davidson’s hardscrabble engineering team played in the creating the legendary bikes that would dominate the race tracks of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. This exhibit shows how man and machine have combined to make Harley-Davidson Racing a king and the winner’s circle its throne.