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Bonduel (WAOW) -
Building a place devoted to the artistry of the engine is something Steve "Doc" Hopkins says is worth working for.
"The whole place is about things that I love," Hopkins told Newsline 9.
Hopkins is owner of Doc's Harley-Davidson, W2707 State Highway 29, Bonduel. That's a Harley-Davidson dealership and classic car museum in eastern Shawano County. It's something Hopkins has invested a lifetime's worth of work building from scratch.
"Ever since I've been a kid, I've just enjoyed that sort of thing. My parents wouldn't let me have a motorcycle and they wouldn't borrow me the money to get one, so I built one," Hopkins said.
Whether it is building custom bikes or collecting classic cars, Hopkins says his imagination is his only restraint. Displayed inside a restaurant at the dealership, Hopkins has perhaps one of the largest and most customized motorcycles ever conceived.
The centerpiece of Hopkins' motorcycle collection is a 25-foot bike he built called the Timeline. It's the same bike he named a restaurant at his dealership after.
"It seats 10 people, and it has seven, air-cooled bent twin engines on it from 1909 to present," Hopkins said.
Walking through his classic car collection, Hopkins has a story with each piece of his collection. One includes driving a 1965 German-made Amphicar. That's a car that becomes a boat when driven into water. Of a few thousand made, only around 300 still float.
"It feels strange when you're driving off the bank into the water, you swear you're going to just sink but somehow it floats," Hopkins said.
But for a man determined to experience the unique, it's a story that seems quite fitting.
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