(OCALA, Fla.) Nov. 18, 2009 — Admission to the “Art of the Chopper” exhibition, a local motorcycle show and competition, live rock ’n’ roll music and a meet-and-greet session with “Art of the Chopper” builders/owners will be among the special activities included in the Shifting Gears Party from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida. Tickets for this biker-friendly, community event are $25 and available at the museum and online at

Among the event’s highlights, the “Art of the Chopper” exhibition features 30 one-of-a-kind motorcycles designed and built as works of art. In addition, a local motorcycle competition will be staged in front of the museum with bikes competing for trophies and a $100 Director’s Choice award in categories ranging from metric, domestic and chopper to bobber, touring, sport and antique. To enter the competition, contact Dwane Olson at Viking Cycle Art at 352-236-0045. There is a $10 registration fee in addition to the event’s $25 admission ticket donation.

Other Shifting Gears Party activities include an autograph and photo session with “Art of the Chopper” builders and owners including Cyril Huze from Cyril Huze Custom Motorcycles in Boca Raton, Vince Doll from Redneck Engineering in Liberty, S.C., and American Drag Racing League’s 2009 drag bike points leader Scott Gray. There will also be live rock ’n’ roll by The Rewind Band, a silent auction, vendor booths and free barbecue lunch with admission. Guests arriving on motorcycles are invited to park at the Appleton and all other vehicles are requested to park at Scudder’s Gallery Square (east of the Appleton on SR40) and catch the free shuttle bus to the museum.

Owned and operated by Central Florida Community College, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (State Road 40), Ocala (Exit 352 east off I-75 or Exit 268 west off I-95). For more information, contact the Appleton Museum at 352-291-4455 or visit