May 12 Offers Motorcycles and a Thomas® Play Date at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer

Release date: 5/3/2012

SPENCER, N.C. – The N.C. Transportation Museum will have two events Saturday, May 12, hosting an auto show for those who travel on two wheels and providing kids with some Thomas and Friends® themed activities.
            The 6th Annual Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show will feature bikes of all makes and models, built between 1900 and 1992. Hosted by the Triad Classic Motorcycle Club, the show is judged in 7 classes, British, American, Japanese, European, Custom, Competition and Retro. There will also be a People’s Choice award. 
            Event organizers say the bikes do not have to “trailer riding show queens” for entry, encouraging everyone to show their pride and joy. Gates open at 9 a.m., the show begins at 10 a.m. with awards announced at 3 p.m. 
            Registration is $10 per bike, with a $20 limit if more than two bikes are entered by an individual. Spectators are free, though museum admission applies for exhibits and the train ride.
            Also Saturday, May 12, the N.C. Transportation Museum will be hosting some midday fun for those fans of the PBS character, Thomas the Tank Engine®. Thomas and Friends themed activities will be available for kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
            While Thomas himself will not appear at the museum until September, events will include Thomas and Friends storytelling, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, Thomas play tables and more. Children will also make a craft to take home. Activities are available as part of your regular museum admission.  
            That will also be a good time to look ahead to the N.C. Transportation Museum’s “Day Out With Thomas®” event, September 21-23 and 28-30. Tickets are already on sale, including a new offering for visitors. All day passes are available with unlimited rides for just $30. There are a limited number of tickets and these have sold out quickly at other venues, so purchase early to avoid being left out.
# # #
About the N.C. Transportation Museum
The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit