Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum to Chronicle the History of American Motocross
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the premier museum of motorcycling history in America, has announced its next major exhibit. Motocross America, the first-ever comprehensive perspective of this popular and action-packed sport.
Tracing the evolution of motocross from its 1920s roots in Europe to today’s extreme expressions of the sport, including wildly popular AMA Supercross and freestyle events, this unique exhibit will be designed for the Museum’s 8,000-square-foot main gallery.
From the famous names and faces that shaped motocross in America to the machines, technology and gear that helped transform raw riding talent into world champions, Motocross America will present some of the most adrenaline-charged chapters in American motorcycling history.
Enthusiasts of the sport—past and present—are invited to help tell this amazing story, said Mark Mederski, executive director, Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. From trophies, photographs and autographs to early riding gear—such as goggles, gloves, helmets and protectors—we encourage private collectors to contact us about lending any items that could help us show the evolution of the sport.
Motocross America will be the ultimate retrospective and celebration of a sport that today is part technology, part athletic ability and part spectacular entertainment, said Mederski. No other segment of motorcycling is growing as quickly, has gained such national visibility and is attracting as many young riders to its ranks. To encourage and support youth racing, an important section of Motocross America will be a Motocross Resource Center where parents and children can learn how to get involved in motocross racing.
As with all Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum exhibits, the stories behind the hardware will create an unforgettable and unique visitor experience. This museum brings the legends to life, said Ed Youngblood, curator of Motocross America.
Interactive kiosks and displays will be important components of the installation. Visitors won’t just see the machines, gear and memorabilia, but they will be able to feel and sense the action while watching some of the sport’s greatest names race into the history books.
In addition, enthusiasts of all ages will have hands-on opportunities to test their virtual racing skills.
Like the current exhibit, Heroes of Harley-Davidson, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance—which was recently selected as one of the top exhibit designs in the world—Motocross America will feature innovative design and use of artifacts to reflect the sport’s high energy.
Motocross has achieved pop culture status in this country, inspiring fashion and lifestyle trends, said Mederski. We are designing ‘Motocross America’ to not only capture the sport’s rich history, but the vitality and spirit of the people and the industry.
Martin Carlson contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.all-motorcycle-helmets.com.
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