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Balade musée Marcel Thiry

Rue de la Gare 20
4990 Lierneux, Belgique

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Private collection. By appointment only.
His machines are displayed at two other locations - at the Jaguar Garage in Habay-la-Neuve, and at Autoworld.

Marcel Thiry is a retired mechanic in his eighties with a collection of many finely restored vintage and veteran motorcycles.

    June 1st 2017
    Jeremy Mendes (@jeremy_mendes_) writes:
    "A legend is gone. Marcel Thiry, self-made man, creator of Thiry Automobile, aka Mister Moto. Thanks to him for the job of my life!"

Some 40 of his machines are on permanent display at Autoworld Brussels, which writes:

    "Marcel Thiry did more or less the same with motorcycles as Ghislain Mahy did with cars. As a mechanic in Habay, Luxembourg, he collects wrecks of motorcycles, which he restores with great patience and dedication. In a carefully recreated studio from the "Belle Epoque" period, some of the finest copies of his collection have been produced."

The collection at Autoworld is displayed in a period setting, a replica workshop. Displayed are excellent restored examples of Gillet 350 model 21, Harley-Davidson 1918 combination, Rudge Multi, Ready 1924 and many others. Of particular interest is the MT - MT for Marcel Thiry - a one-off built in 1947 using a DKW engine from a Wehrmacht machine and components salvaged from a downed allied bomber.

Sources: lesoir.be et al

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