It is stories such as Dot Robinson's, Potter said, that bring more than the usual "gear heads" to the museum.
"I have frequently heard from people who have been dragged to the museum by a spouse or child, and they have had no interest whatsoever in the cars before they came. Then they see what we've done to do more than just show cars, to how they are historically and socially significant, and they can relate and enjoy the exhibit," Potter said. "We know that if we get people through the door, they're going to have a good time."
Potter said he expects between 25,000 and 30,000 visitors to the motorcycle exhibit during its run.
"Even for people who have never been on a motorcycle, but they're fascinated with the romance and its role in pop culture, this is an exhibit they're going to love," he said.
And if patrons love it, they'll keep coming back for more. In this way, Potter said the museum has become a tourist destination in Saratoga and the region, with some rare exhibits attracting patrons from around the world.
"It is the nature of all museums that they are local," said Potter. "We're doing our small share to make the Capital District a destination."
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located on the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park at 110 Avenue of the Pines. For information, visit the Museum's Web site at www.saratogaautomuseum.org, call (518) 587-1935, ext. 22, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.""