Featured in the main gallery of the museum’s 38,000 square foot facility, Motorcops tells the story of the long-lasting relationship between law enforcement and the motorcycle.
Dating back over one-hundred years to 1908, police forces across the country began using motorcycles to protect and serve. From the rutted, dirt roads of rural America to heavily populated urban cities and towns, the motorcycle became the motorized vehicle of choice, offering greater maneuverability and a reputation for reliability unparalleled by auto manufacturers of the day. From the first official police motorcycle patrol in 1911 to the operation of over 3400 motorcycle law enforcement units today, the rich and colorful history of police and motorcycles remains as strong as ever.
“Through this historically significant exhibit, the Wheels Through Time Museum pays tribute to the men, women, and machines who have patrolled the American cities, towns, highways, and byways over the past 100 years,” says museum curator and founder, Dale Walksler. “We are proud to share, from past to present, the fascinating history of these two- and three-wheeled uniformed patrol officers, and look forward to telling the story of the relationship that has evolved into what it is today.”
“MotorCops” features the sites, sounds, and stories of that hundred year love affair, presenting countless machines, memorabilia, artwork, and stories from the past century. Several rare machines from the early- to mid-1900s are displayed, including a 1909 Pierce four-cylinder patrol motorcycle, a 1927 Excesior-Henderson formerly used by the New Mexico Highway Patrol, 1942 Harley-Davidson Civil Patrol EL Knucklehead, and a perfectly original 1957 Harley-Davidson Police Panhead, to name a few.
The exhibit also features hundreds of photographs, memorabilia, and works of art dating back to the earliest days of motorcycle patrol. Works by renowned Harley-Davidson licensed artist, David Uhl, are on display, as well as priceless original works such as “Scattergood Sets A Speed Trap”, which was featured as the cover art on the 1924 April issue of American Magazine. Original uniforms, a collection of patches from forces across the country, and countless stories from the men and women who patrolled the streets on two wheels also grace the exhibit.
The new exhibit opened on September 25, 2008 and will run for Memorial Day Weekend of 2010. All law enforcement officials will receive a $2 admission discount to the museum during the run of the exhibit. Law Enforcement agencies, individuals, and groups from across the country will gather at the museum for the closing of the exhibit Memorial Day Weekend.