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Springfield Museums: World Class!

By Posted in - Ride News & Routes on February 25th, 2016 0 Comments esta_manthos_indian_collection_springfield

Feb 25, 2016 Among the rarest Indians on view is the 1904 blue Indian designed and owned by Indian co-founder Hedstrom. When he left the company, he took this motorcycle with him, and it was later passed on to his granddaughter.

Also featured are Indian racer and dealer Stanley Cornell’s unique 1912 board track cycle with its original board track racing tires; a perfectly restored, operable 1929 101 Scout; and a 1927 hill-climber. The ride will launch from the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts, an institution offering four world-class museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden all under a single admission. In particular, riders will enjoy The Esta Manthos Indian Motorcycle Collection in the Wood Museum of Springfield History.

Founded by George M. Hendee and Carl Oscar Hedstrom, Indian Manufacturing Company produced motorcycles in Springfield from 1901 to 1953. The museum’s collection features more than two dozen motorcycles donated by Esta Manthos, co-founder and president of the former Indian Motocycle Museum which was located on Hendee Street in Springfield from 1974 to 2006.

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