During the night of January 18, 2021, Austria’s Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum was destroyed by fire. The world’s highest motorcycle museum sits at the base of Timmelsjoch pass, 7,135 feet, and was home to over 300 historic motorcycles with model years as early as 1894. At this time, there is no information as to what caused the fire.
The Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum was founded in 2016 by twin brothers Alban and Attila Scheiber, who wanted a place to showcase their motorcycle collection, from Indians and Harley-Davidsons, along with European classics like Sunbeams and Zundapps. The museum was open to the public and held motorcycle classics from over 129 manufacturers.
Along with being avid motorcyclists, the Scheiber brothers are ski school operators, hoteliers, and cable car entrepreneurs. They had one of the largest, most valuable historic motorcycle collections at the beautifully designed museum, a mostly wooden structure built to blend in with the alpine landscape of the Ötzataler Alps.
Alban and Attila Scheiber’s interest in engines (the museum also held classic cars), comes from their father, Alban Scheiber Senior, who was a professional race car driver.
Below are some photos from the museum’s gallery of classics that we can assume were sadly destroyed in the fire.
Watch us here at Expedition Portal for forthcoming updates about the cause of the fire.
Update: As of Jan. 21, the cause of the fire is still unknown and no statements have been made by the museum.
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