The Harley in the Barn: More Great Tales of Motorcycle Archaeology

The Harley in the Barn: More Great Tales of Motorcycle Archaeology


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Break into that barn - you know you want to - there might be a vintage Harley inside. If you won't break in, Tom Cotter will; amazing motorcycles await.

Driving down a country road, a flash of chrome catches your eye as you pass an old farmstead. Next time you roll by, you slow down and focus on a shed behind the house. Could that be? Good lord, it is! Hard on the brakes, quick reverse, and pull in the drive. Yep, it's a vintage Triumph Bonneville peering forlornly from beneath a tattered cover. You've just begun the journey that fuels the dreams of every motorcycle collector: the long-forgotten machine, rediscovered.

The Harley in the Barn offers forty-plus tales of lost Nortons, hidden Hondas, dormant Indians, and busted BSAs, all squirreled away from prying eyes but found by lucky collectors just like you. Author Tom Cotter is not only a barn-find master, he's also master of discovering the collectors with the best stories and the most outlandish finds. In The Harley in the Barn, all those great stories are told.

If you can't pass a padlocked garage without wondering if there's a great old bike stashed inside, this is your book. Hell, this is your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760351659
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 836,448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tom Cotter had long been involved in nearly every facet of the automotive and racing industries before writing his first book. From mechanic and auto salesman to heading the public relations department at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cotter formed his own racing and automotive PR and marketing agency, Cotter Group.nThe agency represented some of the largest clients in NASCAR, IndyCar/CART, drag racing and road racing. He has written biographies of the legendary Holman-Moody race team, Tommy Ivo and Dean Jeffries, but is best known for his series of barn find books, such as Cobra in the Barn, 50 Shades of Rust and Barn Find Road Trip. Cotter appears in the Barn Find Hunter video series, which is distributed by Hagerty Insurance. He teaches public relations at Belmont Abbey College, sits on the advisory board of McPherson College’s Auto Restoration program, and is a member of the Road Racing Driver’s Club (RRDC.) He is married to Pat, has one son, Brian, and lives in Davidson, N.C.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Pat Simmons
Chapter One - The Thrill of the Chase
A Motorcycle Greater than the Sum of its Parts
Patience and Perseverance are his Secret Weapons
Rock and Roll Barn-Finder
Born a Rambling Man
Knucklehead Day
Bike in the Barn
The Beamer and the Chief
Chapter Two - Strange Places          
She Sells Seashells by the Seashore
How Many Vincents Does it Take to Hold Up a Fence?
Just Give It a Kick
The Thor in the Maple Tree
Word of Mouth
One TZ Summer
Bike in the Basement
Chapter Three - Real Character
Southern Hospitality
The Free Kiwi Triumph
Keating’s Keating and Other Tales of Discovery
Triumph Over Nature
The Vintage Cycle Master
License and Registration Please…
The Heffron Triumph
My First Antique Harleys
The Barn-Find Bultaco
Chapter Four - The Long Haul
Another Black Beast Returns to the Road
Eclectic Collector
Motorpoloist Survivor
Four Little Indians Pulled From a Shed
The Crapaholics are at it Again!
The Two Rules of Motorcycle Barn-Finding
Chapter Five - Rare Finds and One-of-a-Kinds
Goddess of the Hunt
20th Century Cycle
Follow the Numbers
The Collapsed Barn Find
The World’s Fastest Indian
Ultra Classic Curse
The Consolation Prize
The Mystery of the Hidden Harley
The Paper Discovery

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