Vroom! Check out some cool motorcycles at Mt. Vernon
Mt. Vernon Winery is revving up for a very exciting and unique event on April 21.
For our friends who have not heard about our Antique Motorcycle “Show and Shine” event, you can read more about it here. We thought it would be fun to showcase some of our own two-wheelers at our winery in Auburn.
Before the big event, which will be held on April 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., we just wanted to share a little information about some of the motorcycles you’ll see on display. There’s some rich history with these bikes.
These two-wheelers are lightweight and were built in Glendale, California, between 1946 and 1965. The one you’ll see on display is a 1957 model.
Factoid: The second production model, the Mustang Model 2, was the first motorcycle made in the United States to have a telescopic fork.
In 1936, engineer Howard Forrest designed a 19.2 cubic inch water-cooled 4-cylinder engine that would eventually lead to the birth of the Mustang. A few years later, Forrest built a motorcycle powered by the engine he had designed. He commuted to work on the motorcycle during World War II and turned some heads. The company president put Forrest and a colleague to work to engineer a commuter bike based on Forrest’s design. Production for the bike ended in 1965.
1937 Indian Scout
Production of the Indian Scout started in 1920 by the Indian Motorcycle Company. Along with the Chief, this two-wheeler was one of Indian’s most important model – some even consider the 101 Scout the best motorcycle ever made by Indian.
Factoid: Military versions of the bike were used by American and other allied forces during World War II.
The company released a second line of Scouts with lighter frames and different engines in 1932. The production for civilian use continued until 1942. Except for just several hundred racing bikes, the Scout was not continued after World War II.
A Los Angeles-based company that made airplane parts announced the Whizzer Model “D” Bicycle Motor in 1939.
The bike was released once again the following year with a few changes, including a new cylinder aluminum head that was important for cooling purposes. About 1,500 of the Model E were sold.
Factoid: The 1939 kit sold for $54.95 and included an air-cooled, four-cycle engine.
After a change of ownership and some lobbying to the government during World War II, Whizzer released a new model engine for defense workers around 1943. The improved engine was more reliable than previous versions because it used a belt drive. As the war ended, Whizzer produced a consumer version, releasing the Model F in 1945.
Fast forward to 1952, the company introduced its last major motorbike engine, the “700.” The company then changed its name and expanded into other areas of production.
The two other bikes you’ll see on display is a 1971 Mini Trail and a 1958 Cushman.
Cushman produced its first scooters in the mid-1930s and production continued for the next 30 years or so. Bikes like the Cushman Eagle were considered energy savers, making them fit for consumer use and production during World War II. Along with its efficiency, the bike was known for is minimalist design.
Factoid: The Honda Mini Trail bike was barely able to hit 25 miles per hour and retailed for about $200.
We hope you are as excited as we are for our big Antique Motorcycle Show. If you’re a hobbyist or collector of bikes, we ask you to bring yours, too. It’ll be a great day at Mt. Vernon to enjoy the company of these vintage motorcycles!