Editorial Note: Pieces of Larry Poons’ art work have sold for up to $1.1 million at auction.
World-renowned artist and racer supports AHRMA national event
(September 15, 2021, Elora, Tennessee) Renowned painter and motorcycle road racer Larry Poons is adding an artistic touch to a renowned motorsports festival.
Poons is donating an original, matted-and-framed, acrylic and watercolor creation that will be auctioned during the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, AL.
Bids for the silent auction will be accepted in the road race registration area until 5:00pm Saturday, October 9 and a live auction will bring the auction to a conclusion during the road race awards ceremony Saturday evening. Proceeds from the auction will benefit AHRMA, which is a not-for-profit organization.
“The AHRMA family includes an incredible variety of people, personalities, and talents” said Arthur Kowitz, 2021 Chairman of the AHRMA Board of Trustees. “Seeing Larry in the paddock and on the track makes AHRMA events even more special. His generosity in donating this original work speaks volumes about his passion and support for AHRMA.”
Poons has competed in a variety of AHRMA road racing events for decades aboard Ducati and Seeley-framed machines. He was the 500 Premier class champion in 1998 and 2003. In 2003, he and his wife Paula received AHRMA’s Demoisey Memorial Award for an outstanding husband and wife team.
His career as an artist was kickstarted in 1963 with his first solo exhibition Richard Bellamy’s Green Gallery in New York. His works have appeared in shows along with other notable artists including Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. He pioneered ground-breaking techniques along with his contemporary and collaborator Frank Stella.
Poons continues to create original works including the piece to be auctioned during the Barber Vintage Festival.
The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Ltd. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring and competing on classic motorcycles. With about 4000 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the increasing interest in classic bikes.