Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum announced that Mike and Bev Corbin of Corbin Saddles donated a life-sized sculpture of famed motorcycle racer Joe “Smokey Joe” Petrali to the museum’s collection.
The sculpture by artist Jeff Decker portrays Petrali on his 1936 Harley-Davidson Streamliner, which he used to set a world record of 136.183 mph on the beach at Daytona, Florida, March 13, 1937. Petrali would hold that record for over 11 years and still holds the record for the fastest speed on sand.
“We are honored that Mike and Bev have chosen the museum as the new home for such a special piece of American motorcycle history,” said museum founder and curator Dale Walksler. “This amazing tribute to ‘Smokey Joe’ will be a natural fit to our collection of rare racing machines.”
The sculpture was commissioned by Corbin and has been on display at the Corbin Facility in Daytona, Florida, where it has been admired by countless visitors.
“Our precious piece of motorcycle art that we have had on display in our Florida facilities for over 20 years will now be enjoyed for many years to come under the passionate and loving care of the Walksler family,” said Corbin.
The sculpture will be officially dedicated at the commencement of the museum’s 2020 season in April, but can currently be viewed on display in the main gallery at the museum until Nov. 25, when the museum closes for the season.
The museum will also hold its 17th Annual Raffle day Nov. 9. This day includes the firing of rare and vintage American motorcycles, special door prizes, and culminates in the giving away of this year’s grand prize — a beautiful 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Bobber.