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Arlen Ness Honored with Birthday Bash and Summer Exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Arlen Ness

Custom motorcycle builder Arlen Ness.

Rider Magazine Staff
June 25, 2013
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The Petersen Automotive Museum will honor custom motorcycle builder Arlen Ness and his creations with a Birthday Bash on Friday, July 12, 2013, followed by a motorcycle cruise-in on Saturday, July 13 and a special summer-long exhibit titled Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels.

The Arlen Ness Birthday Bash will be held at the museum in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, July 12, starting at 6 p.m. The event will include cocktails and dinner in celebration of Ness. Friends of Arlen Ness will speak to honor the legend, who will also answer questions from the audience. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased at petersen.org.

The exhibit will open on Saturday, July 13, marked with a V-Twin Cruise-In from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who rides a motorcycle to the museum will receive free parking and two-for-one admission to the museum. Arlen Ness will be signing autographs at 11 a.m.

Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels, which runs through September 8, 2013, will feature motorcycle masterpieces built by Ness that embody a style and spirit that blends sculpture and the thrill of motoring on two wheels. Alongside Arlen’s bikes will be others built by his son Cory and grandson Zach.

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, call 323-964-6370 or visit petersen.org.

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