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Mecum To Offer Unprecedented Collection Of American-Built Motorcycles

The E.J. Cole Collection – Representing 50 Years of American Motorcycle Treasure March 20-21 in Las Vegas

Walworth, Wis. – Feb. 27, 2014 – Mecum Auctions will present the E.J. Cole Collection at auction this March 20-21, 2015 at South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall in Las Vegas. Representing 50 years of collecting what any motorcycle enthusiast would consider American Treasure, the collection today stands at more than 220 strong and is considered by many to be the finest, most diverse single collection of American-made machines.

        “It is the largest single grouping of American-built motorcycles ever offered to the public from one person’s collection,” commented Ron Christenson, president of Mecum’s Motorcycle division. “We are confident that the entire collection could fetch as much as $15-20 million at auction. It’s an amazing group of motorcycles and its proportion is truly epic. It’s already being dubbed ‘The Antique Motorcycle Auction of the Century.’”

        There are several bikes that will headline the offering including many that were previously owned by Steve McQueen as well as two of Cole’s personal favorites, his 1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank (Lot S62) and his 1910 Flying Merkel Board Track Racer (Lot S79), both in original and unrestored condition. Other headliners, to name just a few, include Cole’s 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer formerly owned by Steve McQueen (Lot S57), his 1907 Indian Tri-Car (Lot S67), 1942 Crocker Big Tank (Lot S69) and his 1912 Minneapolis Big 5 Single (Lot S89).

A number of Cole’s motorcycles have been proudly displayed at museums in South Dakota and Iowa. These motorcycles will be gathered up and presented for auction in Las Vegas, but Cole is hopeful the new owners will lend, as he has often done, their newly acquired antique motorcycle to one of the fine motorcycle museums around the United States.    

         Cole recognizes the unique variety in his collection saying, “I didn’t really have a preference [among makes]. As long as it was a motorcycle and American-made and I didn’t have one, I went after it. I just mainly tried to buy one of everything there was, and that’s about it. I just went for everything.” He also acknowledges his reluctance to let go of what he’s spent more than 50 years putting together. “If my age hadn’t gotten ahead of me, why I’d still be out trying to add to it, but being that I’m 89, I feel like it’s time to quit.” He adds that, “Here at my place nobody gets to see them and they need to be out where people can enjoy them.”

        The entire E.J. Cole Collection consists of 239 lots, 231 of those being offered at no reserve. With production years ranging from 1903 to 1991, the collection will be offered at a stand-alone auction this March 20-21. Some of the bikes have never before been seen by the public, let alone offered up for sale, making this offering one of the most unique of its kind.

        For more information on the E.J. Cole Collection or to register as a bidder, visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Mecum.com is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the motorcycles and more to be offered at upcoming auctions.

E.J. Cole Collection Auction - March 20-21, 2015 - South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall - 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S. - Las Vegas, NV  89183

Admission: $20 per person, per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Preview: Gates open on Friday, March 20 at 10 a.m. and on Saturday, March 21 at 8 a.m. Auction: Friday, March 20 from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, March 21 beginning at 11 a.m. All times Pacific


An afternoon with Nicky

                                                                                                                                              Photos and text by Jamey

Spotted at Perris Raceway on Friday the 13th, was Nicky Hayden burning laps on the 1/4 mile oval. Hayden who was out of the country for Moto-GP  testing last week returned to sunny California this week for some fun and relaxation before heading back to Europe next week. What to do? Dirt Track where his roots lie was the answer, hence Nicky grabbed his gear and headed to Perris where some top GNC riders were spending time testing suspension with Race-Tech's  Jimmy Wood. On hand was the current Grand National Champion Jared Mees along with National #7 Sammy Halbert, National #54 (2 time Daytona short track winner) Mikey Rush and National #98 Kayl Kolkman. The GNC riders were getting ready for the opening two rounds of their series which kicks off at Daytona in March. Nicky; he was just having fun and staying in shape.

February 14th - PROS

Kayl Kolkman 98, lead the first few laps until he got sideways and Sammy tagged him and they both went down.

Mike Rush 54, lead the restart until he was black flagged for his pipe hanging off the bike.

Sammy and Davis Fisher 67m, had a great race, passing each other until Fisher pulled away in the closing laps.

Look close, Sammy is on the outside!


Flat Track tp://sanjoseindoor.com

Cal Expo GNC


Castle Rock, Washington     August 2nd, 2014

Castle Rock Experts - August 2nd, 2014

Castle Rock Pro Singles - August 2nd, 2014

Castle Rock Nite Before - Twins & Singles - August 1st, 2014


    2014 Trailblazers 70th Annual Banquet

                        April 5th, 2014

        Carson Center - Carson, California

Kenny Roberts Receives Dick Hammer Award

Previous Hammer winners Dick Mann, Ralph White, Sammy Tanner, Everett Brashear and Skip Van Leeuwen are

 flanked by Trailblazers president Don Emde and Keith  Mashburn.

Trailblazers Banquet Photos             Tom Cates Bike Show Photos  

Editorial: Old Guys Rule                                                                   

By Paul Carruthers - Cycle News      http://www.cyclenews.com/45/24218/Racing-Article/Editorial--Old-Guys-Rule.aspx

Indians at Volusia

I thought that you might enjoy seeing this.  We still bring out the seven 1949 Indian Arrows annually.  This year we ran the Volusia short track during Bike Week.  The riders raced them hard and put on a close and excellent show.  Yet, nobody fell and we went hope with seven running machines!  The riders are:

1.  David Aldana (no mistaking those leathers!)

2.  Timmy Mitchell

3.  Joe Baggott

4.  Chris Carr (someone said he had ridden in a few of these flat track races before)

5.  Shane Fox

6.  Beau Braswell (sings the new country "flat track" theme song)

7.  Charlie Seale (another former national number)

The photo with the riders mounted was taken in staging just before the riders went out for their first heat race.  The other photo was taken right after the main.  Fans came out of the stands and applauded as the riders dismounted.  They put on a great race.

Best Regards,

Mike O'Neil


Link to 2013 Open House - The People

Link to 2013 Open House - The Museum

Link to 2013 Open House - Outside


Photos of my visit



Photos of my visit


  New web site under costruction

Call Mike at 702 649-0110 for an appointment

Photos of my visit

   Shelby American Museum

us museums

World Museum List                VFT Link Page

Added new Street Trackers

Street Tracker Index Page




Greg Owen Interviews

 http://www.youtube.com/ Jim McMurren

http://www.youtube.com/ Dan Rouit

Don LaRue's New Web Site of National Numbers



Old VFT Photos from home page

2014 Events & Results

SCFTA Round 1 Perris

February 15

SCFTA Round 3 Perris

March 15

San Jose Indoor

March 29

Trailblazers Banquet

April 5

SCFTA Round 4 Perris

April 5th

SCFTA Round 5 Perris

May 17

SCFTA   Round 7 Perris

July 26

Cal Expo GNC

July 26

Castle Rock

August 1

Castle Rock

August 2

Castle Rock

August 2

SCFTA   Round 8 Perris

August 23

SCFTA   Round 10 Perris

October 10
Speedway -World Championship

October 11
SCFTA   Round 11 Perris

November 8

2013 Events & Results

WCFTS    Las Vegas

January 11th and 12th

SCFTA   Awards

February 3

SCFTA   Round 1 & 2

February 16 and 17th

SCFTA   Round 3

March 9th

Trailblazers Banquet

April 6th

SCFTA   Round 4

April 20th

Slideways Chowchilla

April 27th


May 5th

Slideways Chowchilla

May 10th

Spokane Speedway

May 15th

SCFTA   Round 5

May 18th


May 18th

Rouit Open House

May 19th

Hourseshoe Park - Arizona

June 1st

SCFTA   Round 6

June 22nd

WCDTS   Sacramento Mile

July 28

SCFTA   Round 7

July 20

Castle Rock GNC TT

August 3

SCFTA   Round 8

August 17

SCFTA   Round 9

September 21

SCFTA   Round 10

October 11


October 19 and 20

SCFTA   Round 11

November 9


Race Pages Index Page from previous years