Monday, June 27, 2011

Thunder at CAM: Classic Coast

photo by Philip Koenen

As a resident of the southern Oregon coast for more than 20 years, it never ceases to amaze me that there are so many stashes of classic motorcycles located here in an area so well-known for rust, mildew, salt-air corrosion, and overall environmental animosity toward metal. But there are, and some of the best examples of several of these collections are on display at the Coos Art Museum, in Coos Bay, Oregon, through July 23.

The show is called Thunder at CAM, and in addition to the usual suspects, such as Harley-Davidson, Indian, BSA, and Triumph, there are some very nice Japanese bikes on display, as well as a few unique entries you might not see anywhere else.

The website will tell you all you need to know about the bikes on display, and the exhibit hours, so I'll add only that the Coos Art Museum is a small, intimate space where you can get closer to the bikes than you can in many other museums. The Oregon coast is a great place to ride, and Thunder at CAM makes it even better.

photo by Philip Koenen


photo by Philip Koenen


photo by Mike Holm


photo by Philip Koenen



photo by Mike Holm