This Weekend: Worldwide’s Kannenberg Collection Auction

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With two days for previewing motorcycles, motorcars and memorabilia beginning yesterday, Worldwide’s “The Kannenberg Collection Auction” will take place Friday and Saturday, September 10-11.

Presented by Gas Monkey Garage and Richard Rawlings and featuring the lifetime collection of celebrated flat-track racer Denny “Kannonball” Kannenberg, the all no-reserve sale will showcase one of the most significant motorcycle collections to ever come to market. Comprising a total of 165 largely original motorcycles including racers, dirt bikes, street bikes and even mini-motorcycles, there is something for everyone who appreciates anything on two wheels, as well as an eclectic offering of 30 collectible vehicles and a treasure trove of memorabilia.

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Among the highlights of this collection full of special bikes is a rare 1942 Indian Four “440” complete with original Indian side car, one of the last Indian Fours ever built before the factory ceased civilian production at the outset of WWII. Also included is a 1986 Honda CX500 Turbo that was presented by Honda to the king of drag racing, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits as the NHRA Champion. With just over 4,765 miles on the odometer, it is in pristine condition and the headlight fairing is inscribed and autographed by Garlits himself.

The infamous 1969 Kawasaki 500 III is another of the collection’s interesting bikes, notorious for being terrifyingly fast and nicknamed “The Widow Maker” for obvious reasons. Offered in original condition, it has just a single mile on the clock. Another of Denny Kannenberg’s personal favorites is a specially modified dirt track prepared Harley-Davidson Model KR from 1953, devoid of any braking system and again designed simply to go fast. Restored to race-ready condition and carrying his legendary number plate of 20J, it is sure to pique the interest of avid collectors.

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Also featured are names like Moto Guzzi, Metisse (a marque made famous by Steve McQueen), Hodaka, Bultaco, Maico and Ossa. Kannenberg further appreciated the technological sophistication of the Japanese manufacturers such as Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha, and there are a host more noteworthy examples in the line-up.

“I’m blessed by the opportunity to bring the, literally, lifetime collection of my friend Denny to the world,” said Rawlings. “Here is a historic offering of everything that it is motoring and bikes and racing, representing a real coming age of motorcycles themselves and racing itself and American flat track; and there will not be another opportunity like it.”

The Kannenberg Collection Auction Schedule of Events

Preview | Wednesday, September 8 | 9 AM – 6 PM

Preview and test drive (by appointment) the auction cars and meet with representatives of the Worldwide Auctioneers’ team onsite to answer questions about this year’s selection of vehicles prior to the auction. The Auction Office will be open for bidder registration.

Preview | Thursday, September 9 | 9 AM – 6 PM

Preview and test drive (by appointment) the auction cars and meet with representatives of the Worldwide Auctioneers’ team onsite to answer questions about this year’s selection of vehicles prior to the auction. The Auction Office will be open for bidder registration.

Auction Day | Friday, September 10 | Begins at 11:00 a.m

Memorabilia Day 1
Motorcycles Day 1
Gas Monkey Garage Afterparty | Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Auction Day | Saturday, September 11 | Begins at 11:00 a.m.

Automobiles
Memorabilia Day 2
Motorcycles Day 2