Category archives: Museums

Museums: Blackhawk showcases ‘Transatlantic Style’

Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo
Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo

Saturday is Deuce Day at the Petersen

Just unveiled and running through September 30, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, California, offers what figures to be one of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year — “Transatlantic Style: A Romance of Fins and Chrome.”

Featuring about two dozen stunningly designed automobiles, the exhibition is based on the book, Stile Transatlantico / Transatlantic Style, by author Donald Osborne and photographer Michael Furman. Continue reading

Rhodes trip: Inventor was decades ahead of GPS guidance

Gilmore's showcase of Kalamazoo-made cars isn't its only tribute to nearby creativity | Larry Edsall photos
Gilmore’s showcase of Kalamazoo-made cars isn’t its only tribute to nearby creativity | Larry Edsall photos

Enter the Gilmore Car Museum these days and you are greeted by a display of vehicles produced in nearby Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“Kalamazoo: The Other Motor City” is the title of the exhibit that includes several Checkers, one of them from the late 1970s/early ‘80s television series Taxi, as well as assorted vehicles by Roamer, Dort, Handley and Barley, as well as a 1903 Michigan, and even a re-creation of the 1915 Cornelian Speedway Racer, built by the Block Brothers Machine shop and raced at Indy by none other than Louis Chevrolet. Continue reading

Gilmore museum ‘delivers’ with vintage truck exhibit

1937 Studebaker (left) and 1936 Mack Jr. are part of the vintage truck exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum |Larry Edsall photos
1937 Studebaker (left) and 1936 Mack Jr. are part of the vintage truck exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum |Larry Edsall photos

When we think of trucks, “guts” is the more likely word to come to mind than “glamour.” And the Gilmore Car Museum acknowledges this fact in the title of its newest special exhibit, “Designed for Delivery: The Early American Truck,” and in the illustration that shows a truck hauling a heavy load at a shipyard. Continue reading

Museum’s British Leyland certificate program nearing milestone

Premier Heritage Certificate is prize in museum's contest for owners of British Leyland vehicles | British Motor Museum photo
Premier Heritage Certificate is prize in museum’s contest for owners of British Leyland vehicles | British Motor Museum photo

So there are the Marti Report, Ferrari Classiche, the Shelby Register,  etc., and for those who own vehicles produced by British Leyland, there’s the Heritage Certificate. Continue reading

Can famed Hudson museum be saved from auction block?

A look inside the Hostetler's Hudsons Auto Museum during a visit in 2014 | Larry Edsall photos
A look inside the Hostetler’s Hudsons Auto Museum during a visit in 2014 | Larry Edsall photos

Unless a new funding scheme can be devised, and quickly, what is considered to be the nation’s best collection of Hudson automobiles seems destined to be dispersed at auction. Continue reading

Hot rods (most beautiful and otherwise) featured at Petersen

AMBR winners and other hot rods lined up for Petersen museum exhibit | Petersen photos by Ted7
AMBR winners and other hot rods lined up for Petersen museum exhibit | Petersen photos by Ted7

Things are hoppin’ — quite literally — these days at the Petersen Automotive Museum, which just opened its newest exhibit of Lowriders, some of which can hop and dance. Next up is a Deuce Day celebration of the traditional hot rods that, depending on your age, might have carried you, or your parents, or perhaps even your grandparents from the dry lakes to the sock hop.

Coinciding with the 85th anniversary of flathead-V8-powered 1932 Fords, known among hot rodders as the deuce, is a second-floor exhibit in the museum featuring 10 of America’s Most Beautiful Roadsters. Continue reading

Cousins: Camaros, Firebirds seize spotlight at AACA museum

AACA Museum celebrates 50th birthday of GM's F-body cousins -- Camaro and Firebird | Photos by Nick Kurczewski
AACA Museum celebrates 50th birthday of GM’s F-body cousins — Camaro and Firebird | Photos by Nick Kurczewski

With the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro in 1966, followed one year later by its mechanical twin cousin, the Pontiac Firebird, an all-out performance battle was officially launched between General Motors and the Ford Motor Company. Targeted squarely at the Mustang, Ford’s runaway sales hero that had been launched for the 1964½ model year, the GM duo had a tremendously difficult task ahead of them: unseat the very vehicle that inspired the term “pony car.” Continue reading

Museums: Petersen’s ‘Deuce Day’ to celebrate the hot rod

Vic Edelbrock | Petersen photo
Vic Edelbrock Jr. | Petersen photo

The Petersen Automotive Museum will commemorate the 85th anniversary of the 1932 Ford “Deuce” with a day-long car show cruise-in and celebration on Saturday, July 15th, ‘Deuce Day.’

The car was nicknamed “Deuce” for the second digit of its model year. It was one of the first affordable production cars with a V8 engine and a favorite of hot rodders in post-war Southern California.

The car show is open to hot-rod fans of all types, with special parking on the top deck of the parking structure for ’32 Fords.  Immediately following the show, at 4:00 p.m., a procession of deuces will rally from the Petersen to the Edelbrock Museum in Torrance to pay tribute to performance icon and Los Angeles native Vic Edelbrock, who helped shape the performance industry and died June 9 at the age of 80, and to famed car builder and customizer Pete Chapouris, who also died earlier this year.

Pete Chapouris
Pete Chapouris

Other highlights includes a display of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster winners.

The day starts at 7:30 a.m. Show car registration is available online.

Car Shows 

Today, the Great Race visits Stahls Auto Museum in the Detroit area. The museum anticipates the arrival of the first car around 12:20 p.m. and will be open to the public from 3-5 p.m.

The Blackhawk Collection in Northern California holds its first-Sunday Cars & Coffee on July 2 and will celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day on July 14, 2017.

The British Motor Museum holds the “BMC & Leyland Show” on July 2. The show will have approximately 400 vehicles on display, including cars, commercial and military, in addition to vehicles produced under the BMC marque.

Then, the museum hosts the ninth Old Ford Rally in conjunction with the Ford Y & C Register on July 15. The following day, around 600 classic Fords will go on display at the biggest rally of classic Fords in the UK.  On July 30, the British Motor Museum expects more than 700 cars from 38 different clubs to be present at “Simply Japanese,” one of the museum’s largest events.

The Kansas City Automotive Museum’s fourth annual People’s Choice Car Show is set for July 15 and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Car registration is a $10 donation to KC Automotive Museum and all makes and models are welcome.

Museums in motion

Saturday, the Simeone Museum holds a Demo Day themed “Revolutionary Rides Demo Day.” The museum plans to run some of the most revolutionary cars of their time and showcase how the “revolutionary designs” changed and influenced cars today.

The museum holds an additional Demo Day on July 22 themed “Ford vs. Chevy.” The Simeone is seeking a few die-hard Chevy supporters to help settle the age-old battle and show their Nova, Camaro, or Chevelle from the ’60s or ’70s.

On July 7, the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville holds a driving experience with visitors getting to drive some of the museum’s vehicles.

The National Corvette Museum takes enthusiasts on adventures to the Northwest Passage -– the coastal region of Seattle, Washington, Tacoma, and Mount Rainier -– set for July 26-30. Then on August 18-23 the museum heads to Kingman, Arizona and travels portions of Route 66 to Long Beach, CA with a visit to LA, followed by a drive to Roanoke, West Virginia, for some R&R on August 27-29. As with all Museum in Motion Tours, space is limited, so make sure you sign up quickly.

America’s newest racing school, the Lucas Oil School of Racing, makes its fourth stop of its 2017 racing season at the NCM Motorsports Park next month. From July 15-18, racing enthusiasts have the chance to pack the track and take in four full days of competition, as not only will there be a pair of race days, but also two days of instruction from skilled professionals.

The AACA Museum in Pennsylvania offers tours to England in early September and to Italy in November, and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, will award a raffle winner with a trip for two to Australia that includes tickets to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic races. Contact the various museums for details.

The Blackhawk holds a day trip to the Pebble Beach Concours on August 20.

Exhibits and Education

The Petersen opens “the High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración,” a celebration of lowriders and Chicano art on Saturday. Then, July 11, the museum’s education and programs manager Jason Hartwig will discuss the relationship between automobiles and international affairs, from the car’s infancy to the modern day.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Indiana will debut its second online exhibit of the year on Saturday. The exhibit titled “Paul Reuter-Lorenzen: The Art of Automobile Design” is the second in a series of three online exhibits featured on the museum’s website during 2017.

The Blackhawk Museum holds its next Speaker Series event on July 8, featuring author and classic car historian Donald Osborne, who appears with his regular feature on the CNBC primetime series, “Jay Leno’s Garage.” The discussion with launch the museum’s new exhibition, Transatlantic Style – A Romance of Fins & Chrome, which is based upon Osborne’s book of the same title, which is a collaborative project with award winning photographer Michael Furman. The exhibit will run from July 8 thru September 30, and will feature over 20 automobiles that showcase the depth and range of the creative exchange in automotive design between Italy and America in the decade following the end of World War II.

The Simeone’s newest special exhibit, “Mopar or No Car,” runs through July 9.

Three new exhibits have opened at the AACA Museum. Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasure that Survived Time runs through October 8; Detroit Underdogs are on display through August 27; the 50th anniversary of Camaro and Firebird is featured through October 8.

The National Corvette Museum hosts  “Kentucky: 225 Years on the Move” opening August 28 and running through Spring 2018 to celebrate the anniversary of statehood.

The America on Wheels museum offers summer camps July 11-14, 25-28, and August 1-4 for children ages 6-12. During sessions, children will learn the practical applications behind how engines work, how cars are designed and built, and how automobiles shaped America.

A Murder Mystery & Dinner takes place on Sunday, July 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine.

Year of the Lowrider includes new Petersen exhibition

Gilbert 'Magu" Lujan created Our Family Car, a 1950 Chevrolet sedan, that will be part of the exhibition | Petersen museum photos by Ted7
Gilbert ‘Magu” Lujan created Our Family Car, a 1950 Chevrolet sedan, that will be part of the exhibition | Petersen museum photos by Ted7

Why do Lowriders prefer Chevys? See related story.

2017 is emerging as the Year of the Lowrider.

Consider:

• Historical museums in Colorado and New Mexico recently concluded exhibitions focused on the colorful cruisers with their sometimes hyper-hydraulic suspension systems, and the museum in Santa Fe also published a significant new book on the subject. Continue reading

Chevy is vehicle of choice for Lowriders, and they’re not alone

1968 Chevrolet Impala 'El MuertoRider' by Artemio Rodriguez and John Jota Leanos | Petersen museum photos by Ted7
1968 Chevrolet Impala ‘El MuertoRider’ by Artemio Rodriguez and John Jota Leanos | Petersen museum photos by Ted7

There is a theory that Lowriders tend to favor Chevrolets because of the X-frame chassis General Motors introduced in the late 1950s, an undercarriage design that left room to accommodate the hydraulic suspension systems that enable these highly customized cars to live up to their goal of being driven low and slow. Continue reading