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Military museum welcomes rare Harley motorbike

Donington Park Wheatcroft Military Collection has acquired another rare Harley-Davidson XA motorcycle, as used by the USA military in the Second World War.

Around 1000 XAs (Experimental Military) were built, but it is believed only 12 survive. With six examples now on show in the famous museum at the circuit, this is the largest known collection in the world. Donington’s diverse collection of XA bikes includes one sidecar derivative and two with “disk”-type wheels.

During war, the US Army asked Harley-Davidson to design a motorcycle similar to the BMWs used by the German forces, incorporating features including shaft drive and a boxer engine that gave the BMWs exceptional reliability and required low maintenance.

Unfortunately, by the time production had begun it had become clear that the Jeep was the Army’s general purpose vehicle of choice, and production of the XA was halted after only 1000 had been built.

The Wheatcroft Military Collection now has a major presence in the famed Donington Park Grand Prix Collection. The stunning assortment of restored military tanks, armed vehicles and motorbikes takes up the first two halls of the museum, and is constantly expanding.

Entry to the Donington Park Grand Prix Collection, incorporating the Wheatcroft Military Collection, is available throughout the year, with admission for adults costing £10 and £4 for children aged 16 and under.


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