National Museum to fill with motorcycles

MOTORCYCLES which have been travelling our roads since the end of WWI will go on show for visitors to the Slovak National Museum in Martin during its exhibition Motorcycles: Yesterday and Today. Almost 60 motorcycles, historical cars and other artefacts will be exhibited over more than 500 square metres of the museum.

This Jawa 350, made in Prague during World War II, is still raced.This Jawa 350, made in Prague during World War II, is still raced. (Source: Courtesy of SNM in Martin)

MOTORCYCLES which have been travelling our roads since the end of WWI will go on show for visitors to the Slovak National Museum in Martin during its exhibition Motorcycles: Yesterday and Today. Almost 60 motorcycles, historical cars and other artefacts will be exhibited over more than 500 square metres of the museum.

“The core of the exhibition will be a fantastic collection of the most famous Czechoslovak JAWA and JAWA-ČZ motorcycles,” Elena Záhradníková of the Slovak National Museum in Martin told the SITA newswire. Among the unique objects to be presented at the show is a JAWA 175 Standard with a Viliers engine from 1932, and a pre-war JAWA 350 OHV.

“Historical motorcycles are interesting, especially because of the restorations that have been done,” Miroslav Dolník of the vintage-car club Veterán Klub Martin said. “And undoubtedly, the most beautiful of the exhibited cycles can be considered to be the first Slovak motorcycle, the Manet M-90, a post-war Czechoslovak motorcycle, ČZ 125t, a motor scooter ČZ 175 with a trailer PAv40, and a JAWA 350.”

Modern motorcycles from Honda and Yamaha will be exhibited and one of the main attractions will be the motorcycle that was ridden by the famous racer Jaroslav Katriňák.

The exhibit, prepared by members of the Veterán klub Martin civic association with help from its fans, opens on February 13 at 16:00.

The mission of the club is to bring together owners of historical vehicles, friends and sympathisers; to look for and collect historical vehicles; and to reconstruct, operate and present the vehicles to the general public.

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