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Hollywood icons, childhood fervor fueled collector’s passion

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Larry Valle with a few of his vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Pictured is a 1942 Harley-Davidson civilian WLA, left, a 1942 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead and a 1959 Harley-Davidson Hummer.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Although the 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA was manufactured in small numbers beginning in 1940, production skyrocketed after the U.S. entered World War II the following year. See below for a complete description.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead ranks among the most sought-after classic American motorcycles. See below for a complete description.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    In 1948, Harley-Davidson unveiled the small, sturdy DKW RT-125, whose design was based on drawings Germany gave to the Allies as part of World War II reparations. See below for a complete description.

With a lean build, salt-and-pepper beard, and arms covered with tattoos of a dragon, tiger, eagle and motorcycle wheel, Larry Valle looks every bit as much the cool rebel as the Hollywood icons who inspired his passion for two-wheelers. Read more

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