“Motorcyle Drag Racing is a sport that was born and bred in America,” said Ray Price of Ray Price, Inc.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this special exhibition that tells an entire story with racing memorabilia. Through the years, tuners and designers have brought their ideas to the starting line. This exhibit honors these champions and the many technological advancements of the sport.”
With minimal sponsorship support in the 1960s and 1970s, a racer’s bike was often cannibalized for parts in order to build the next machine. The old bike, with missing parts, would then end up in a corner. Many of these bikes will be displayed telling stories of their own.
The “funny bike” is a drag motorcycle that looks like a street bike, and it has a long history. Price first started street racing with a 1953 Harley Model K. In 1967, he began racing on the strip with a Sportster and worked his way up the classes. During this time, he built his signature “funny bike” in his Precision Cycle shop, pioneering the Small Dual class with an 80 cubic inch custom race bike. Price then moved to a 107 cubic inch bike with special race frame and drag tank tucked underneath, achieving national and international records in racing.
Today, the “funny bike” has evolved into a premiere class in the International Drag Bike Association. The machines are among the quickest and fastest motorcycles, which includes Ray Price's record breaking motorcycle at 6.144 ET and 234.37 MPH.
About Ray Price, Inc.
Founded in 1972, Ray Price, Inc. in Raleigh, N.C., celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Originally named Precision Cycle, Ray Price, Inc. became a Harley-Davidson®
About the National Motorcycle Museum
The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, was founded in 1989 in order to preserve the history of motorcycling. Engineers, racers, bike builders, tuners and others as far back as the late 1800′s built the groundwork for what motorcycling has become. The National Motorcycle Museum’s goal is to present interpretive exhibitions built around a collection of machines and historical objects from around the world. For more information about the Quarter Milestones exhibit, go to: http://www.nationalmcmuseum.org/
Contact: Kris Weiss