The Los Angeles museum is hosting a summer-long exhibit called “Arlen Ness, Art on Two Wheels” which will feature a variety of Arlen’s builds (as well as builds by his son Cory and grandson Zach) running from July 13-Sept. 8.
To launch the exhibit, The Petersen Auto Museum is organizing a motorcycle cruise-in on Saturday, July 13 from 9am-2pm. Anyone who rides on two wheels to the museum will receive free parking and 2-for-1 admission into the museum. Arlen will be signing autographs at 11am. Additionally, Friday night, the 12th of July at 6 pm, the museum will be hosting a birthday bash for Arlen. Friends of Ness will speak to honor the living legend himself, and there will be drinks and dinner. Tickets can be purchased at Petersen Museum.
Ness began his career in the 1960s with the customization of a 1947 Harley Knucklehead. After entering the bike in local shows, he was noticed by future customers and started a business custom painting bikes. As his popularity grew and demand increased, Ness began selling custom parts and custom motorcycles with a stretched and lowered style which became the hallmark of his designs. After more than four decades, Ness has a large product line specializing in Victory and Harley-Davidson accessories and has received a variety of awards including Builder of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Awards and induction to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
For more information on the Birthday Bash or V-Twin Cruise-In, visit Petersen Museum or call 323-964-6370. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California 90036.