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One of these guys is famous. Which one? Answer: The guy on the right of course!
Jay Leno and Dick Shappy at Jay's Burbank California facility in March of 2003 standing in front of Jay's newly restored 1947 American LaFrance fire truck.
Comment from Dick Shappy. "Jay is a true hobbyist and is one of the most cordial and interesting people I have met since being involved in this hobby for the past 33 years".

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1909 Curtiss V-Twin 38.5 Cubic Inch 6 HP Engine

I always enjoy the annual swap meet of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America at Oley, Pennsylvania, and I always come home with rusty “gold”. I just returned and am happy to say that the meet this year was as good as it could be. The weather was absolutely perfect with temperatures reaching the mid eighties and many treasures were available for sale.
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Motorcycle Cannonball – 2016

In September 2010, I sponsored and participated in the first Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Race which was the brainchild of Lonnie Isam Jr. I had great hopes and expectations that my entry, a 1911 Flying Merkel Single, would have a good run and would be in the winner’s circle at the end of the 15-day endurance test. If you read “Motorcycle Cannonball Conclusion”, on this site that I wrote in December 2010, you will see that I was not very happy with the outcome of the race and reported that I was embarrassed by our poor performance...
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Packards Internatioal Magazine Spring 2015
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1922 Packard Twin Six Cape Top — Body By Brunn
Richard Shappy, Warwick, Rhode Island, owner
Story by Dick Shappy with Don Hull, Photos by Tracey McDermott

Fashion model is Ashley Kingsbury

Here’s where Dick Shappy first saw the 1922 Packard Twin Six --- crossing the winner’s circle at Pebble Beach, August, 2014. The car had won Best in Class for Preservation Class. And Shappy simply had to have that car. Fortunately, it was owned by his friend, Mark Hyman, who gladly surrendered it to his friend in an “affordable” exchange—one arm, one leg, his eye teeth, two congressman, one senator, a supreme court justice, a summer castle in Spain, two Greek islands, and a dinner with Donald Trump. That’s how much it cost Dick Shappy and how the car found itself a new home on the east coast.

Dick Shappy is a major league classic car collector with 35 years of experience in the hobby, so when he saw this Packard, he knew it was a unique opportunity to own one of the great treasures of Packarddom.

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New Showroom - Providence

In the spring of 2013, I was approached by my next door neighbor at 375 Charles St. Providence who told me that he was considering closing his Sprint cell phone store. This was a great opportunity for me to expand my vintage car and motorcycle business. My growing car business definitely needed the space. It's a real no no to store finished vehicles in the same building where other cars are being painted or restored. Keeping my finished show cars clean had become a full-time job. Keeping them always covered was not a good solution.
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1911 Osgood Bradley Trolley Update July 2013

It has been quite a while since we have done work on the Osgood Bradley trolley, but that is about to change. Chris, who has done a superb job on the restoration of this beautiful piece of transportation history, has been repeatedly asked why he has not been available to continue working on this project. He said he wanted to continue and he even submitted a proposal to finish the work.
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Leroy Hartung Auction November 3rd to 5th, 2011

Since the passing of Leroy Hartung, there had been much speculation as to what would happen to the vast collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, parts, license plates, and hundreds of other collectibles that he had amassed over the past fifty years.
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Oley, Pennsylvania April 28-30, 2011

Once again it was time to visit the Perkiomen National Meet in Oley, Pennsylvania which was held this year on April 28th to April 30th. Sean Brayton and I loaded the motorhome school bus, truck, and trailer, and headed south for the five-hour ride to Oley. We left at midnight and reached Oley at sunrise only to experience a brutal wind storm and torrential downpour that lasted at least five hours. At that point, it looked like the day was going to be a total washout but as the afternoon progressed, everybody emerged from hiding and the meet began... Click here to read the full article

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Motorcycle Cannonball Update

September 10th is approaching fast, and the Motorcycle Cannonball event is the main topic of discussion in the antique motorcycle community. It is even changing the way we would normally schedule our visits to national AMCA meets. For example, it seems that the West Coast guys will have no trouble attending this year's grand daddy event held at Davenport, Iowa as they will just make it a stop over on their way to North Carolina. East Coast guys face a different situation as they would have to trek to Iowa... Click here to read the full article

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Antique Fire Truck Show

On Sunday, June 13th, a fire truck show sponsored by the Rhode Island chapter of SPAAMFAA which is the abbreviated name of the Society of the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motorized Fire Apparatus in America held it's annual muster at the Johnston Memorial Park in Johnston Rhode Island.

I was a member of the national SPAAMFAA organization for many years and had let my membership lapse a few years ago as I had sold off my collection of thirteen fire trucks...
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Rhinebeck, New York Antique Motorcycle Meet

I have just returned from the Rhinebeck, New York vintage motorcycle meet that was held on June 10th (Thursday) to June 13th (Sunday) 2010, and I can't believe that I have never attended this meet before. As usual, I found lots of hard to find goodies and made new contacts for future projects. My friend Sean and I arrived via the "bus" and quickly set up home base at Billy Campbell's flea market spaces. You can always count on Billy for a steady supply of cold ones "etc". and this year's addition of charcoal broiled... Click here to read the full article

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