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From January 31 to February 4, 2024, Paris Expo Porte de Versailles will become the temple of machines of yesteryear. Rétromobile, in its 48th edition, opens a new chapter by dedicating no less than 2,000 square meters to the collector’s motorcycle. An exclusive space, nestled in the heart of hall 2.2, near the Artcurial stand, awaits two-wheel enthusiasts.
“Passion and conviviality will be the key words,” says Romain Grabowski, Director of Rétromobile. A statement that resonates as a promise for lovers of the machines that have marked the history of locomotion.
Indian, a history of America
Founded in 1901, the first American motorcycle brand could not miss this meeting. Indian Motorcycle, with its enormous racing heritage, technical innovations and iconic status, enthusiastically accepted the invitation.
In 1897, George Hendee created the “Hendee Manufacturing Company”, thus initiating an adventure that would write motorcycle history. The name “Indian” was born on one of the company’s bikes, quickly becoming the flagship brand. Hendee joined forces with Oscar Hedstrom, and in 1901, the first Indian Motorcycle was born. A legend is born.
From speed records to early racing success, Indian Motorcycle has made history with innovations like the rear suspension in 1913 and the first headlights and starters on a motorcycle. Acquired by Polaris in 2013, the rebirth of Indian Motorcycle begins with the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, marking a new era of prestige and passion.
A History highlighted at Rétromobile
At the heart of this space dedicated to motorcycles, Indian Motorcycle will reveal its treasures, telling a story punctuated with legends. Iconic models, reflections of an era and a reinvented modernity, will stand as a duo. Guy Baster, a passionate collector, lends some of his rare pieces, thus orchestrating a unique display.
Among the duos to discover:
1. Boardtracker and FTR Carbon: A marriage between tradition and modernity.
2. Chief Classic and its modern version: The evolution of an icon over time.
3. Scout Classic and current Scout: The revisited bestseller, the soul of the brand.
4. 4-Cylinders Classic and the Pursuit: A journey through time, from nostalgia to innovation.
To sum up
This year, motorcycles will be present in large numbers at the major Retromobile show. After Ducati, it is the American brand Indian Motorcycles which confirms its presence with exceptional collector’s vehicles.
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