AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Opens 2009 with Events Celebrating Classic Motorcycles

PICKERINGTON, OHIO - The AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum invites fans of vintage machines to rev up for two notable events. The International CBX Owner's Association (ICOA) will pay a special visit the Museum on Saturday, January 24, 2009. Two weeks later, on Saturday, February 7, the Museum will host the Penton Owner's Group (POG) for the 8th Annual Penton Day. All riders are welcome at both events.

The ICOA event on January 24 begins at 9:30 a.m., with a tour of the Museum's colorful exhibits, including "MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles" and "Awesome-Ness," an installation chronicling the career of legendary customizer Arlen Ness. The day will continue with a technical session and presentation by special guest racer Geoff Smale.

Smale is known for a number of racing accomplishments, including becoming series champion of the British Earlystocks "1300 production" class in 2000 astride a CBX with unmodified displacement. Smale also one of twelve racers to lap at over 100 mph in a sidecar outfit, both as driver as well as passenger, during the Isle of Man TT races. The ICOA's visit to the Museum will be held in conjunction with the club's winter tech rally held in Columbus, Ohio, on January 24 and 25. The ICOA invites all enthusiasts to join them at the Museum on January 24. The event is free, but regular Museum admission rates apply. Riders can log on to [](http:// for additional information.

Penton enthusiasts are welcome to bring their machines to display at the Museum on February 7, when the Penton Owner's Group holds the 8th Annual Penton Day. Sign in begins at 9 a.m., with the group's annual business meeting starting at 10 a.m. The topic of this year's event will be the 50th anniversary of Motorcycle Hall of Famer John Penton's record-setting transcontinental run on a BMW, and John will be on hand to share his memories. Penton's son, Motorcycle Hall of Famer and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum board member Jack Penton, will also be at the Museum to serve as a host of the annual Penton Day events. Riders interested in joining the festivities can log on to [](http:// for additional information. Membership in the POG is not required and lunch will be provided.

About the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
The AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum tells the exciting stories and preserves the history of American motorcycling. Visitors to the Museum will find award-winning exhibits rotating through three major exhibition halls.

Each exhibit immerses guests in the stories of American motorcycling by capturing the thrill of the open road, the excitement of racing or the inspiration of memorable personalities. The Museum is also home to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, honoring the distinguished men and women who have played a vital role in shaping the sport and business of motorcycling, thanks to their competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship.

Located just east of Columbus, on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the non-profit Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. For more information call (614) 856 - 2222 or visit [](http://

Anne Szczesny
(770) 649-0880 ext.303