Los Angeles, Calif.
- Few, if any, have had a more prolific and respected career in custom motorcycle building than Arlen Ness, so it's no surprise that the man will be getting his own tribute at the Petersen Automotive Museum this summer. Arlen and his creations are getting celebrated with a birthday party on July 12, followed by a motorcycle cruise-in on July 13 and a special summer-long exhibit titled Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels.
The Arlen Ness Birthday Bash on July 12 at 6p.m. will include cocktails and dinner in celebration of Ness. Friends of Ness will speak, and Ness himself will also answer questions from the audience. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased at www.Petersen.org.
The Arlen Ness exhibit will open on Saturday, July 13 in grand style, with a V-Twin Cruise-In from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who rides a motorcycle to the museum will receive free parking and two-for-one admission. Arlen Ness will be signing autographs at 11:00 am.
The exhibition -- Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels-- will run through Sept. 8, 2013, and will feature motorcycle masterpieces built by Arlen Ness that together embody a style and spirit that blends sculpture and the thrill of motorcycling. Alongside Arlen's bikes will be rigs built by his son Cory and grandson Zach-three generations of the Ness family have crafted some stunning and trend setting custom motorcycles over the years, to say the least.
Ness began his career in the 1960s with the custom build of a 1947 Harley Knucklehead. After entering the bike in local shows, he started a business custom-painting bikes. As his popularity grew and demand increased, Ness began selling custom parts and custom motorcycles with a stretched and lowered style which became the hallmark of his designs. After more than four decades, Ness has a large product line specializing in Victory and Harley-Davidson accessories and has received a variety of awards including Builder of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Awards and induction to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
For more information on the Birthday Bash or Cruise-In, visit www.Petersen.org or call 323-964-6370.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. For general Museum information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum's Web site at: www.petersen.org.