Forest Lawn Museum Presents Motorcycle Exhibition

Meticulously curated collection will offer an in-depth look at the dynamic history of motorcycle culture

From left to right: “Copper Chopper” by Keith Weesner, 2002; 1947 Harley-Davidson UL motorcycle, Courtesy of Flathead Jedd; "Thrill Hungry” by Keith Weesner, 2004

Forest Lawn Museum has announced a new exhibit, entitled " Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle," a collection of distinctive and artfully designed motorcycles, intricately painted motorcycle parts and accessories, and motorcycle-themed artworks. The exhibition, which will be on view at the Museum from Friday, June 27, 2014 through Monday, January 5, 2015, is the latest presentation in Forest Lawn Museum’s celebrated history of unique and popular exhibitions.

Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle is a meticulously curated exhibition that will offer an in-depth look at the dynamic history of motorcycle culture, spotlighting the impact and influence of the West Coast and featuring some of the most striking, modern, historic, rare and collectable vintage motorcycles; hand-painted motorcycle helmets; painted motorcycle gas tanks and fenders; as well as paintings, sculpture and photographs by a dozen of today’s most celebrated motorcycle artists.

Vroom highlights Southern California’s historic zeal for motorcycle culture and will feature compelling motorcycles—from renowned Southern California collections—and artworks from the early twentieth century through today, including a Transformer motorcycle that was featured in the blockbuster 2009 movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, built by custom motorcycle designer and builder Will Kenefick; a 1968 ESO speedway bike from the collection of former world champion speedway racer Bobby “Boogaloo” Schwartz; a mid-1960s vintage Harley-Davidson drag bike from the collection of Louis Fisher; a 1947 Harley-Davidson UL motorcycle from the collection of Flathead Jedd, co-founder of the Wingnuts Motorcycle Club; a 1939 Indian Chief motorcycle once owned by actor Steve McQueen; a 1938 Crocker motorcycle made locally in Culver City, CA; a 1938 Indian Sport Scout Flat Track Racer from the collection of Tony Dodge, co-owner of Dodge Brothers Racing, the 2013 AMA Pro Grand National Champions; and a stunning 100-year-old restored factory original 1914 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that is as perfect as the day it rolled off the floor of the Milwaukee, WI factory.

1947 Harley-Davidson UL

Flathead Jedd

In addition to the distinctive collection of motorcycles, Vroom will also feature an exciting collection of vibrantly painted motorcycle helmets by the internationally renowned Troy Lee Designs® (TLD), the world’s premier custom helmet paint shop; intricately painted gas tanks and fenders by Pete “Hot Dog” Finlan, of Discovery Channel’s former Monster Garage fame; and elaborately painted motorcycle gas tanks by artist Sara Ray.

Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle will also present a selection of paintings by such celebrated artists as painter Tom Fritz; visual futurist and conceptual artist Syd Mead; internationally renowned artist William Stout; painter, illustrator and former Warner Bros. animator Keith Weesner; artist and hotrod graphics master Von Franco, a former apprentice of the late celebrated cartoonist, pinstriper and custom designer and builder “Big Daddy” Ed Roth; and a motorcycle-themed bronze sculpture by sculptor Jeff Decker. The exhibition will also feature paintings by legendary illustrator and poster artist Drew Struzan.

Co-curator and motorcycle historian/collector John Parker said: “We’ve brought together some of the most rare and desirable motorcycles, plucked from world famous and private collections. I have loved and been obsessed with motorcycles since I was a small child, and this show traces the evolution of motorcycle design, mechanics, racing, utility and function that complements the motorcycle art that has become such an important and integral part of motorcycle culture.”

Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle will be accompanied by a full-color catalog.

Recently named one of the Top 10 Free Museums in the country by Yahoo Travel, Forest Lawn Museum is located on the 290-acre Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, a renowned Southern California landmark since 1906. Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle is organized and curated by Forest Lawn Museum Director Joan P. Adan and motorcycle historian/collector John Parker.

As director of Forest Lawn Museum, Joan P. Adan presents artwork, subjects and installations that resonate with contemporary society and today’s broader cultural context. A motorcycle historian and collector of antique motorcycles, John Parker has more than 15 years of experience as a sought-after promoter of motorcycle and hotrod shows.

For more information, visit the Forest Lawn Memorial Park website at