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Forest Lawn cemetery hosts 'Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle' exhibit

Forest Lawn cemetery hosts 'Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle' exhibit

One doesn’t expect to find collections of classic motorcycles in a graveyard.

But the Forest Lawn Museum, at the memorial park's Glendale location, is hosting one from now until Jan. 4.

“Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle” features a handsome grouping of rare and seldom-seen machines, many of them a century old and all owned by Southern California collectors.

The collection — co-curated by Forest Lawn's museum director, Joan P. Adan, and local motorcycle historian and collector John Parker — includes a mint-condition 1910 Flying Merkel and a 1914 Harley-Davidson V-twin, and unusual race bikes like a 1968 ESO speedway motorcycle and a 1938...

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