Submitted by John McAuliffe on 04-22-2013
Location: Huntington, NY - New York
Contact: John Mc Auliffe
Hidden behind what looks like an ordinary suburban home, lies a gem of a museum.
When you arrive you walk past a beautifully restored 1958 Isetta with all of 12
horsepower and then past a one owner white 1961 300SL. Next a large climate
controlled barn comes into view. What awaits inside is a gear head’s paradise.
Inside is the world’s largest collection of prewar BMW motorcycles. Each of the
bikes is shiny and all 150 of them run. Each bike has been restored by Peter
Nettesheim to a very high standard. One is currently being rebuilt, a custom BMW
prewar bike. The barn itself is bathed in light and it is super organized. There are
bikes, cars and airplanes hanging from the ceiling.
It is here that 25 lucky members spent their Saturday April 20th. The collection’s
most valuable and historical pieces are in an adjacent building. The collection’s
cornerstone is a 1923 BMW R32, one of the first 22 motorcycles ever built by BMW.
Directly behind the bike is a large photograph of the BMW factory and very possibly
a picture of that bike being built!
Mr Nettesheim is not just a restorer of motorcycles but an archivist and historian.
He has spent much of his time locating files and collecting rare spare parts to keep
his collection mobile. He maintains electronic files on each of his motorcycles,
recording what was done when, so they all remain in top running condition. The
parts bins are located on the second story of the barn and they are impressive. Each
drawer, bin and part is labeled and he keeps an up to date inventory.
After viewing the collection we were treated to a delicious lunch and desert that
had cupcakes with the Mercedes Star logo on top. Peter Nettesheim is a member of the
NYC-LI Mercedes Club. Jan Van der Baan, Board member and Secretary arranged the
Submitted by NYC-LI Section Pres. Oliver Seligman Pictures by John Mc Auliffe Visit our Facebook page for more pictures! https://www.facebook.com/pages/NYC-LI-Section-MBCA/211158602296065?ref=hl