St. Petersburg, FL (December 12, 2002) Florida International Museum (FIM), Cultural Networks International (CNI) and Fred Deeley Imports are pleased to announce the launch of the North American tour of the Mystique of the Motorcycle exhibition at the Florida International Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida on December 18, 2002 and continuing until April 27, 2003.
This exciting 12,000 square foot exhibition explores the allure of the motorcycle over the last 100 years. The motorcycle’s use as a means of transportation, wartime vehicle, expression of lifestyle and art form are depicted through 80 motorcycles from Trevor Deeley’s prized collection, representing 25 worldwide manufacturers.
Trevor Deeley was a motorcycle racer whose family owned Canada’s first Harley-Davidson dealership. The family business imported several brands for wholesale distribution. He was a pioneer in bringing Japanese motorcycles to the English-speaking world. Since 1973, the company he founded has been the exclusive Harley-Davidson distributor for Canada, having a network of 75 independently owned outlets.
As older manufacturers went out of business, Mr. Deeley shopped the world for rare and limited edition motorcycles. This collection has motorcycles from the turn of the century to present day and includes such names as Ariel, Brough Superior, BSA, Harley-Davidson, Indian, Royal Enfield, Triumph, Vincent and Velocette. This exhibit is more than one person’s passion for motorcycles, it’s the thousands of miles and untold stories that only the imagination can revive from the silent, glorious machines on display.
Cultural Networks International is a company which produces, designs, builds and tours cultural exhibitions to venues such as museums, casinos, and alternative exhibition sites in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. CNI, in association with Florida International Museum and collector Robert White, has produced and is touring the largest privately held collection of John F. Kennedy artifacts and memorabilia. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Exhibition ‘Let Us Begin’ is scheduled to tour four additional cities in North America over the next year and will begin a European tour beginning in the Spring of 2004.
Florida International Museum is the permanent home of the John F. Kennedy Collection and through Fall 2003, The Cuban Missile Crisis: When The Cold War Got Hot. On display through February 23, 2003 is Memories of Maas Brothers, sponsored by RJ Bunbury Company, Inc. Enrique Chavarria: Journey Into the Subconscious, an exhibition featuring original art by Mexican painter and neo-surrealist Enrique Chavarria, will run through February 9, 2003, and is made possible by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
Regular admission is $12 for adults, $11 for college students and seniors 65+, $6 for students. Children under 6 are free. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Last entry to the museum is at 4 p.m. daily.
For more information please contact the Florida International Museum at 727-822-3693 or visit www.floridamuseum.org.
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The Florida International Museum is a non-profit educational institution supported, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Florida Arts Council, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the City of St. Petersburg. Other major sponsors include Progress Energy, Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, and St. Petersburg Times.