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Worldwide Auctioneers counts down to the all no-reserve Kannenberg Collection Auction, presented by Gas Monkey Garage and Richard Rawlings

Worldwide Auctioneers, responsible for selling some of the world’s more
exciting classic vehicle collections, is gearing up for the sale of one of
the most diverse offerings of largely pristine motorcycles to ever come to
market. The Kannenberg Collection Auction is scheduled for September 10th
and 11th, 2021 in Auburn, Indiana. Presented by Gas Monkey Garage and
Richard Rawlings, who became the custodian of the lifetime collection of
flat track racer Denny Kannenberg in 2019, the no-reserve sale will offer
160 mostly original motorcycles including racers, dirt bikes, street bikes
and mini motorcycles, as well as an eclectic selection of 30 collector cars
and a veritable treasure trove of memorabilia, petroliana and toys.

Denny Kannenberg earned the name the “Kannonball” during a racing career
which ran from 1956 to 1973, when he retired to devote his full-time
attention to his Sport Wheels business in Minnesota, building his
astonishing historic collection along the way. Highlights in an offering
full of attention-grabbing bikes include one of the rarest of the Indian
Fours, a 1942 Indian Four, fitted with an Indian sidecar with Art Deco
fenders, one of just 700 approximately made. This example may be one of the
very last Indian Fours ever built before the factory ceased civilian
production at the outset of WWII. Also included is a true piece of Americana
with known history, an as-raced 1953 Harley-Davidson KR that was
successfully campaigned by Denny Kannenberg throughout the Midwest, a period
example with Bates pillion pad, alloy fender, an alloy oil tank, and the
rare Wiseco racing magneto. Another storied bike on offer is a 1982 Honda
CX500TC, gifted by Honda to the king of drag racing, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits
in honor of his accomplishments, with the headlight fairing inscribed and
autographed by Garlits himself. With 4,500 miles on the odometer, it is
obvious that the NHRA champion rode it instead of simply putting the bike on
display in his museum.

Among the many untouched and extraordinarily low-mileage Japanese bikes in
the collection is an infamous 1969 Kawasaki H-1, the fastest production
motorcycle of the year, often nicknamed “The Widow Maker” because of its
blinding acceleration and evil handling. This is an opportunity to own the
most original one in the world, with just 1.7 miles on the odometer, the
example that all restorations will be judged against. The Kannenberg
Collection has something for everyone who ever loved anything on two wheels,
with names like Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Metisse, a marque made famous by Steve
McQueen, Hodaka, Bultaco, Maico and Ossa also in the mix. The entire
motorcycle offering can now be viewed online at
and you can take a virtual tour with Richard Rawlings himself on Gas Monkey
Garage’s YouTube channel.

“I’m blessed by the opportunity to bring the, literally, lifetime collection
of my friend Denny to the world and honored to be the custodian of this
legacy, tasked with finding new owners who will treasure its contents as
much as he did,” said Richard Rawlings. “It’s an unbelievable representation
of everything that it is bikes and racing and motoring and petroliana and
there will not be another opportunity like it.”

The Kannenberg Collection Auction will take place on September 10th and 11th
at Worldwide Auctioneers headquarters in Kruse Plaza, Auburn, Indiana, with
preview days scheduled from Wednesday, September 8th up to the sale itself.
Details on the full schedule and bidder registration are available at or by calling 1.260.925.6789, with bidding options
available to suit all comfort levels; live in-person, online and absentee by

About Worldwide Auctioneers. Worldwide Auctioneers is a US-based, boutique
catalogue auction company that is unique in having principals who are owner
auctioneers, wholly invested in seamlessly delivering the optimal result for
every client. In addition to the acquisition and sale of classic automobiles
at auction, it offers an extensive range of personalized services to the
serious collector, including appraisal, collection direction and
consultancy, estate planning and asset management. For those seeking to sell
a car or collection privately, the company’s private sales division
incorporates The Salon, a 200,000-square-foot, climate-controlled and
purpose-built showroom housed at its Auburn headquarters, along with a
dedicated memorabilia division. Worldwide’s normal annual schedule includes
The Scottsdale Auction in January, The Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey
Peninsula in August (next scheduled for August 2022), The Auburn Auction,
held over Labor Day Weekend in Indiana, and stand-alone auctions of
significant private collections.

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