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Harley-Davidson to Harley Earl: Keep the Classics Alive

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On: Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 1:32PM | By: Gary P Garry

Harley-Davidson to Harley Earl: Keep the Classics Alive

I'm a huge fan of the American Pickers television show. I like everything about it. Mike Wolf and Frank Fritz are genuine people, and they are my kind of guys, with motor oil running through their veins.

As for Danielle Colby, well, I'm a red-blooded guy... and beyond her looks and edgy style, she is a cool, intelligent ,and engaging woman.

I like the people involved, but I love the intention behind the show. Yes, they will "buy anything they think they can make a buck on," and like everyone else, they have to make a living. Fortunately for them, they can do so while they are engaging their shared passion.

What is this passion? It's more than money. Their company is called Antique Archaeology, and that explains it perfectly. They want to find and preserve items that have true historical value. The stories behind the pieces are also very important to them, perhaps more important than the pieces themselves.

They are into transportation-related stuff: early motorcycles, classic cars, old bicycles, gas and oil stuff, railroad memorabilia, and anything else that fits into the "it's got wheels" category.

The mentality that they take with them on the road is instructive to all of us. If you like classic cars, you are an antique archaeologist. You recognize the value of true-school manufacturing, and you realize that they "don't make things like they used to."

When you buy a classic car, truck, or motorcycle, whether you are going to restore it or if it is already restored, you are preserving a vital piece of history. Yes, you are making an investment, and, yes, you are buying something that you intend to have fun driving.

At the same time, you are doing something that is good for everyone. If no one recognized the value of kick-ass classics and the stories they tell about the past, they would all rust away, and important lessons would turn to dust.

If you have ever considered buying a pre-war Harley, an old Indian, a Studebaker, a '57 Chevy, a Model T, a 1930s Cord, a Duesenberg, a 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, or any other iconic blast from the past, don't hesitate to act. Vehicles like these shaped our way of life, and they provide explanations without saying anything.

Good things come to good people, and you are doing something special when you keep history alive.


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