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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

Museums schedule their Father’s Day festivities

1935 Citroen 7C Traction Avant cabriolet on the floor and on the wall | Larry Edsal photos
1935 Citroen 7C Traction Avant cabriolet on the floor and on the wall | Larry Edsal photos

The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, will host a Classic Car Meet-up Saturday, June 17 at 9:30 a.m. All makes and models are welcome and car show entrance is included in museum admission.

Father’s Day at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will be held June 18 and includes the opportunity to take a family photo inside a classic Petersen vehicle, to explore engines with Hoods Up on select vehicles, and to visit the Discovery Center, where the little ones can create a trophy for Dad. Continue reading

Ferrari museum expands, opens new exhibits

Ferrari's in Exhibit at museum | Museum photos
Ferrari’s in Exhibit at museum | Museum photos

The Ferrari Museum of Maranello enjoyed record audience in 2016 and has expanded its halls, in the process opening two new exhibits — “Under the Skin” and “Infinite Red” as part of the celebration of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary.

A new wing at the museum connects to the main building via a continuous glass facade. Additionally, an events room has been created that can host up to 250 people. Also new are a refreshments area and a Ferrari Store. Continue reading

Rewind: Volkswagen Bug

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

Airing sometime in the ‘60s or perhaps even into the ‘70s, Volkswagen’s debut a commercial for the Bug proclaiming that car was so airtight you couldn’t close the door, but rather had to push it shut.

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Flavor of LA: TV Motion Picture Car Club show

Convertible Oldsmobile in show | Nicole James Photos
Convertible Oldsmobile in show | Nicole James Photos

At the intersection of Gunsmoke Avenue and Gilligan’s Island Road within the CBS Studios, the Television Motion Picture Car Club held its 8th annual car show. This year the show was staged with the Studio City Chamber of Commerce and became a joint event with Flavor of LA –- Food, Cars, Libations. Continue reading

Memorial day weekend at museums and car shows

Spring Auto Show in 2014 | Photo provided by Owls Head Transportation Museum
Spring Auto Show in 2014 | Photo provided by Owls Head Transportation Museum

On Monday, May 29, the California Automobile Museum holds the 8th Annual Vettes & Vets and American Muscle Car Show. The show is free to the public and honors servicemen and women while paying tribute to the Corvettes and American-made muscle cars.

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Shelby American debuts wide body Mustang concept

2017 Shelby American widebody concept | Nicole James photos
2017 Shelby American wide-body concept | Nicole James photos

For the first time in over a decade, Shelby American has premiered a new concept vehicle –- the wide body Ford Mustang. The concept, unveiled last weekend at the 5th annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show in the Los Angeles area, was built on the 50th Anniversary Shelby Super Snake that was revealed in January during Scottsdale Auction Week.

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Pick of the Day: 1972 Ford Bronco

1972 Ford Bronco
1972 Ford Bronco

As enthusiasts anticipate the debut of the new Ford Bronco, interest in early models continues to build. From the factory, the Bronco is a pretty fun machine, but when you swap in a 5.0-liter Coyote, it’s taken to an entirely new level of fun and is one of the driving forces behind what made this the Pick of the Day.

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Rewind: 1960 Ford Falcon

(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

‘Is this a commercial?” Linus, a character from the Peanuts comic strip, asks in a two-minute animated TV commercial voiced by Paul Frees, also featuring Charlie Brown and Lucy, who learn about Americas best-selling compact car, the 1960 Ford Falcon.

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