The Foundation has carried out the following major projects in an effort to fulfill its mission. These projects, in addition to our museum exhibitions and leadership forums, aid in sustaining and promoting the antique and vintage motorcycling community. We again thank our supporters for giving us the financial means to make these projects happen.
2015: Executed a survey among thousands of antique and vintage motorcycle enthusiasts. This survey provided data as to how and why people become engaged with old bikes. Designed to provide valuable data to organizations and businesses alike, the results have been summarized in this document. A downloadable infographic that visualizes the results is in the works.
2012: Established the Old Iron grant program. Funded by the Foundation and administered by the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, the grant will provide up to $5000 per year for the education of individuals who will advance the practice of antique motorcycle preservation and restoration, and the pursuit of knowledge that may be beneficial to the understanding and preservation of antique motorcycles. This was awarded for the first time in 2015 to Andee Nesteval.
2011: Established the Award for Excellence. The award is presented to organizations or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional performance in telling the positive story of antique motorcycle collection, preservation, and its related history to the public at large, through word or deed.
2011: Executed a survey with published results about the state of the American antique motorcycle community. Five groups participated in the survey after which the Foundation completed a qualitative analysis of the results. This document is available to the public.
2010: Published the book Two-wheeled Treasures. This limited-production book documented the 2008-2009 exhibition Motorcycles: 1884 - 1973 and is now out of print.
2010: Sponsored AMCA essay contest. In cooperation with the Antique Motorcycle Club of a America, the AMF provided a grant to support a young person between the age of 18 and 25 who would win the opportunity to rebuild a 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA bobber. Ryan Mackey was the winner.
Are you an active participant or leader in an antique or vintage motorcycle organization? Have you been to an AMF Leadership Forum?
Designed to improve communication and find solutions among its participating organizations, this signature event brings together officers and leaders from groups that promote the use or preservation of antique and vintage motorcycles.
Museum exhibits are one of the primary vehicles in which the AMF realizes its mission. The foundation documents its exhibits on the web site for those who are not able to see the exhibit in person.