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The AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Opens 5th Annual Leather and Ice Online Auction for Preview

PICKERINGTON, OHIO - This holiday season the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is making it easy to choose a high-octane gift for friends and family members.  The Museum's 5th Annual Leather and Ice Online Auction, featuring hundreds of rare and distinctive holiday treat ideas, opens for bidding October 31 and runs through November 30, 2008. Early bird shoppers are invited to preview a sample of available items today.

The auction ensures you'll find the ideal gift for a favorite motorhead and, since bidding is done online, all shopping can be finished from the comfort of home.  Best of all, proceeds from the auction benefit the non-profit Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the country's premier showcase of motorcycling heritage and history. Visit www.motorcyclemuseum.cmarket.com to view the auction items and start checking off your holiday to-do list now.

Autographed memorabilia is one of the highlights of the 2008 Leather and Ice Online Auction.  Andretti Green Racing has donated stat cards autographed by the team's biggest stars - Michael Andretti, Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan and Danica Patrick.  Fans of the NFL will be vying for a license plate autographed by Barrett Brooks, tackle for the Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers.  Two-wheel enthusiasts will also covet posters autographed by motorcycling legends such as Arlen Ness, Malcolm Smith and Jeff Ward.

knowinwhatswhatShoppers will also discover original artwork.  Tom Fritz, a four-time winner of the Automotive Fine Arts Society's prestigious Peter Helck Award, has donated a giclee print entitled "Knowin' What's What" to the auction. The work features legendary racer Gene Romero astride a 750cc Trackmaster/ Axtel / Romero Triumph motorcycle and was the official image of the 2008 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days event.

In addition to art and memorabilia, the auction offers the opportunity to bid on gear, such as motorcycle boots and leather jackets, and collectibles, including a classic poster of Brigitte Bardot on a Harley-Davidson.  For folks who not only appreciate motorcycle culture but are fans of all the arts, buyers will also find plenty of gifts, including a membership to the Columbus Museum of Art. Hundreds of donors have generously provided the auction with distinctive items, meaning there is something for everyone on your holiday list. Log on to www.motorcyclemuseum.cmarket.com to browse the auction.

Spirit of the Season: How to Contribute
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum will be accepting donations for the 2008 Leather and Ice Online Auction through November 20, 2008.  If you are interested in donating items, please contact Toni Severance at (614) 856-2222 ext. 1340 or tseverance@ama-cycle.org.

About the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
The goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling.  Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum honors those who have contributed notably to the sport, and three major exhibition halls showcase the machines and memorabilia that have shaped motorcycling. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is closed on New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Adult admission is $10 per person; students 12-17, $3.  AMA members $5.  Seniors receive a $2 discount and members of motorcycle clubs and organizations are eligible for a $1 discount per ticket.  A $25 family rate and group rates are also available.  For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Museum's website at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.



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