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First Fridays at the Museum: History of the Catalina Grand Prix (Virtual)

Join us virtually on Friday, February 3rd as we travel back to the 1950s for a First Fridays at the Museum presentation on the History of the Catalina Grand Prix with Shane Bagnall. This event will take place from 6-7:30 pm (PST) on Zoom.

The 1950s marked a period of rapid change in the world of motorcycling and motorcycle racing. British marques like BSA, Triumph, and Velocette were dominating at the tracks and rapidly gaining popularity with the public over American brands like Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles. With the blessing of Philip K. Wrigley, and sanctioning from the American Motorcyclist Association, Catalina Island became the home to a beloved race that spanned nearly the entire decade where the best professional riders raced in and around Avalon while crowds cheered on. Through his family’s collection of historic photos and documents, Shane will cover the history of the Catalina Grand Prix, including the history of motorcycling that led up to the Catalina Grand Prix and its seemingly sudden demise. 

About Shane

Inspired by his Southern California family of racers, artists, actors, and musicians, Shane has spent his entire adult life (and much of his youth) immersed in a world filled with Polynesian escapism, roots American music, Mid-century modern design, traditional custom cars, motorcycles, hot rods and racing. He works as a vintage dealer and lives in a half restored 1962 ranch house in San Luis Obispo, California with his wife Danielle, two kids Wyatt and Sadie, and a couple of cats.

Free to our members and $5 for not-yet-members. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. The link to participate will be emailed to the one used for registration 1 day prior to the event (Thursday, February 2) by 5 pm (PST). 

Please note: If you are unable to join us for the live presentation but are still interested, please register anyway. The presentation will be recorded and sent to all registrants in the week following the program. 

Date & Time

February 3, 2023 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Contact Information

Name: Kellie Costello

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