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THE BARBICAN'S year-long "Inventing America" season, which claims to be the world's largest ever celebration of US culture, gets off to a flying start this weekend with a season of classic biker movies, "Rebels on Wheels" which complements the The Art of the Harley exhibition (Tim Remus's photograph of a Shovelhead Chopper from the Arlen Ness collection, right), running until the end of April.

Harley-lovers can indulge their fantasies among the world's top 30 customised bikes in the Barbican's Art Gallery, which has been transformed into an American highway, complete with roadside cafe parking areas.

The three sections of the show, "The History of the Harley Custom (1945- 1969)", "Harley Customs in the USA (1970-1998)" and "European Custom Harleys (1980-1998)" aim to drive home the company's immense contribution to contemporary culture, from film, to fashion and bike festivals. Individual highlights include the Captain America Harley chopper from the film Easy Rider with Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, which is screened today at 4.30pm as part of the film weekend. Other celluloid classics include Peter Bogdanovich's Wild Angels (today 2.30pm), starring Peter Fonda; and Marlon Brando in The Wild One (tomorrow 4.30pm).

So check your tyre pressure and head for the Barbican.

For further information on this and the rest of the year's `Inventing America' events, contact the Barbican, Silk St, London EC2 (0171-638 8891)

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