Category archives: Museums

Museums: Gearing up for Father’s Day activities

Father and Son look at car | ACM photo
Father and Son look at car | ACM photo

Father’s Day at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles includes the opportunity to take a family photo inside a classic Petersen vehicle, to explore engines with ‘Hoods Up’ on select vehicles, and a visit to the Discovery Center where the little ones can create a trophy for Dad. Drago, the museums’ restaurant, will have a Father’s Day lunch on the Petersen’s rooftop penthouse with a special menu as well.

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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

An automotive treasure chest at Tampa Bay

1929 Tracta A roadster, one of two, finished first in class at Le Mans | Jim McCraw photos,
1929 Tracta A roadster, one of two, finished first in class at Le Mans | Jim McCraw photos,

Back in 2005, Alain Cerf opened the doors of the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum to celebrate the engineering, design and innovation that went into some of the pioneering cars of the Twenties and Thirties from Europe and America.

Since that grand opening, the museum has grown, evolved, and acquired more and more exotic European machinery, almost six dozen cars in all, many with badges that most enthusiasts have never heard of. That’s what makes it so completely wonderful. 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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Syd Mead looks 30 years into the future

EyesOn Design poster by Syd Mead depicts vehicles in 2047 | EyesOn Design images
EyesOn Design poster by Syd Mead depicts vehicles in 2047 | EyesOn Design images

Frequent readers know that I enjoy it when the worlds of art and automobiles collide. And I mean collide in a positive sense. The impact between the two can be sudden, even violent, but also creative and beautiful, even wondrous. Continue reading

The King’s collection: Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

Don Garlits built the first truly successful rear-engined dragster in 1971 after a huge explosion in his last front-engined car | Jim McCraw photos
Don Garlits built the first truly successful rear-engined dragster in 1971 after a huge explosion in his last front-engined car | Jim McCraw photos

Don Garlits is the undisputed king of drag racing. Now 85, he has won 17 championships, won almost 150 races, and built, tuned and driven about 60 different race cars since he started racing in 1950.

He is known around the world as “Big Daddy,” and about 40 of his race cars have been called “Swamp Rat,” because Garlits was born and raised in Florida. Continue reading

Seeing Red: The Petersen’s tribute to 70 years of Ferrari

Part of the 'Seeing Red' exhibition of Ferraris at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Larry Crane photos
Part of the ‘Seeing Red’ exhibition of Ferraris at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Larry Crane photos

Red, because Ferrari continues to honor the 1906 Federation International de l’Automobile decision to establish national racing colors to facilitate a spectator recognizing racers from his country — Italian participating cars would be red.

While there have been many manufacturers who spent vast amounts of money modifying production cars to improve racetrack performance, Ferrari in its early days made very minor modifications to make its racing sports cars street worthy. Continue reading

Museums hold car shows near you

Cobra at the Museums recent Shelby gathering | Blackhawk Museum photos
Cobra at the Museums recent Shelby gathering | Blackhawk Museum photos

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum’s next Cars and Coffee cruise-in is May 20. America on Wheels stages its VW Fest on May 20, with a show open to all Volkswagens, whether air- or water-cooled.  The annual Corvette Homecoming and Chevrolet International car show at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is June 1-3.

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Klairmont Kollection: Chicago’s hidden gem

Klairmont Kollection features 300 cars in its Chicago 'museum' | Photos by Larry Nutson
Klairmont Kollection features 300 cars in its Chicago ‘museum’ | Photos by Larry Nutson

Love affairs develop in various ways. Like many loves, a love affair with the automobile can start with an interest and grow to a passion.

Illinois native Larry Klairmont’s interest in cars was already evident as a 5-year-old with a fondness for hood ornaments. Following Wold War II, Klairmont founded Imperial Dry Cleaners and it grew to become of the nation’s largest dry cleaning chains. While running his business, Klairmont began buying a car here and a car there. Continue reading