Chandler Motorcycle Collection Gems To Be Auctioned And Displayed At MCBA 2006

For Immediate Release

July 17, 2006 - First it was Michael Jordan Motorsports with two prized roadracers and their street-legal counterparts. Then it was the Ducati factory with an '05 MotoGP winner. Now the Otis Chandler estate has joined these and other premier consignors in bringing their finest specimens to the 2nd Annual Monterey Classic Bike Auction, taking place July 20-22 at the Portola Plaza Hotel in downtown Monterey.

A rare and pristine 1903 single-cylinder 188cc Fabrique Nationale will be the first bike from the vaunted Chandler Collection to see the auction block in the wake of its eponymous founder's passing last February. The machine is officially called an FN Herstal, for the Belgian town where it was built. Fabrique Nationale introduced shaft drives and built the world's first multi-cylinder motorcycle, ultimately also gaining fame as an arms manufacturer.

Other bikes from the impressive Chandler oeuvre will also be displayed at MCBA as a preview of the auction to be conducted on October 21 by Gooding & Company for the remainder of the machinery from the newspaperman's acclaimed Vintage Museum in Oxnard, California.

The 2006 Monterey Classic Bike Auction has taken a quantum leap from last year's extraordinary debut, with a tremendous array of collectible bikes and memorabilia reaching the block from the world's top stables. Photos and descriptions of all the inventory, as well as registration forms for both buyers and sellers, can be found online at

Live Bidding Via SimulcastBidders do not have to attend MCBA in person to participate. An easy-to-use online simulcast bidding program enables prospective buyers to bid in real time at their computer screen from anywhere in the world. Details are on the MCBA website under the "Simulcast" tab.


The first bike from the renowned Otis Chandler Collection to find a new home will be this turn-of-the-century treasure.