BEVERLY — Rob Cerundolo nonetheless has his tricycle from when he was 6 years previous. He has his scooter from when he was 7. And he has his Velocity Racer pedal automotive from when he was 8.
Cerundolo is now 60 years previous and his affinity for wheeled automobiles of any type does not present any signal of slowing down. In any case these years, he has assembled his assortment of scooters, bicycles, mopeds and bikes and even one tiny automotive right into a museum-worthy assortment.
Cerundolo lately opened the Cycles Basic Cafe Museum on the second ground of Cycles 128, the enterprise on Brimbal Avenue in Beverly that his household has owned for greater than 40 years. The museum contains about 40 shows of automobiles made pre-1969, together with some uncommon classic bicycles and bikes.
Standing in the midst of his new museum, subsequent to a vibrant crimson 1959 Vespa micro-car, Cerundolo mentioned, “That is one thing that is been a ardour of mine since I used to be little child. It is actually a dream come true.”
Cerundolo mentioned he determined to begin the museum when he was pressured to briefly shut down his retailer in April because of the pandemic. He took the chance to filter out the second ground and create an area for his collectables, most of which had been scattered across the dealership, which has 40,000 sq. toes of showroom, warehouse and workplace area.
Cerundolo mentioned anybody is welcome to stroll into the enterprise and see the museum, at no cost. He’s additionally planning to open a restaurant with farm-to-table meals.
Highlights of the gathering embrace a 1921 Monet bike, a 1924 Ner-A-Automotive motorbike, and the 1959 Vespa micro-car. On a latest tour, Cerundolo speaks about every merchandise with a mix of enthusiasm and experience.
The Monet, with its basket seat, was designed for warfare veterans who misplaced a limb. The Ner-A-Automotive is the “crown jewel” of the gathering and “ought to actually be on the Smithsonian.” The tiny Vespa is one in all solely about 40 in the USA which can be nonetheless operating, and he nonetheless takes it out for rides.
Cerundolo has complemented the gathering with a wide range of different objects, similar to bike helmets, previous oil cans and classic indicators, that he handpicked over the past six months through the pandemic from pals and folks on Fb.
Cerundolo mentioned the museum is for anybody, not simply “motorhead” lovers.
“It is a quaint, neighborhood assortment,” he mentioned. “You are going to see stuff that is simply common. It is not fancy. It is a frequent man’s museum.”
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