Category archives: Museums

News updates: Catching up on Barris’s 67-X, convertible tops, concours, back issues of AQ, and more

Barris-designed 67-X on display in the Royal BC Museum | Royal BC Museum photos
Barris-designed 67-X on display in the Royal BC Museum | Royal BC Museum photos

As part of the Canadian centennial celebration, Expo 67 in Montreal, oil and gas producer and retailer Esso commissioned George Barris to create a futuristic vehicle. Barris used an Oldsmobile Toronado as his canvas for the 67-X.

Four such cars were produced, and after Expo 67 they were given away in a contest. The only one known to have survived is on display through March 12 at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, as part of a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Continue reading

Packard museum offers special Fat Tuesday Dixieland concert

Packard  hood ornament
Packard hood ornament

National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio, presents a “Fat Tuesday” concert and celebration  February 28,  from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Music will be provided by the Packard Dixieland Band conducted by Daniel Carioti and the museum will be decked out “New Orleans style” with cabaret seating during the concert.  The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Museums hold car shows this weekend

Muscle Car City’s monthly car show | Museum photo

Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida, holds its monthly car show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free to attend or to show a car. Six awards will be given out and music will be provided by Tom’s Traveling Tunes.

The following weekend, the museum holds its monthly automotive flea market and car corral from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continue reading

Services set for Branson auction, museum founder Mark Trimble

Mark Trimble has a collection of some 1,200 outboard motors | Larry Edsall
In 2014, Mark Trimble staged an sale of many of his 1,200 outboard motors | Larry Edsall

Funeral services are scheduled Saturday for Mark Trimble, founder of the Branson Auctions and a long-time collector of collector cars, vintage aircraft and historic outboard boat engines. Trimble died February 11 in Hollister, Missouri. He was 85. Continue reading

Restoration starts on last of the repairable sinkhole Corvettes

1962 Corvette is pushed from the Skydome to the garage where it will undergo restoration | Corvette museum photos
1962 Corvette is pushed from the Skydome to the garage where it will undergo restoration | Corvette museum photos

Three years after the sinkhole beneath the Skydome opened and swallowed eight cars at the National Corvette Museum, work to restore the last of the restorable cars has begun at the museum, where visitors can view that work in progress. Continue reading

Former missile plant converted into new car museum

1957 Chevy Bel Air and 1954 Buick Skylark to be part of new museum | Photo courtosey of the Providence Journal/Steve Szydlowski

A former missile manufacturing plant on the Raytheon Co. campus in Rhoad Island has had its 114,000-square-foot space gutted and is slated to open in June as the Newport Car Museum with space for separate showrooms, events, a library, and storage space for about 60 cars. Fifty of the cars to be housed within the new museum come from a collection amassed by Gunther and Maggie Buerman, the driving force behind the project.

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Corvette museum hires curator from the Crawford

Corvettes enthusiasts gather their museum | Larry Edsall photo
Corvettes enthusiasts gather their museum | Larry Edsall photo

Derek Moore is leaving the Crawford museum in Cleveland to become curator of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Moore is the first person to hold such a title at the Corvette museum in more than a decade.

New curator Derek Moore
New curator Derek Moore

“The National Corvette Museum is one of the most welcoming environments I’ve experienced,” Moore said in a news release. “It is an incredible museum and is so unique in that it is focused on one community – and it has that community feeling about it. Continue reading

Museums focus on school vacation, civil rights events

Discussion at the museum | Owls Head Transportation Museum photos

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine offers a series of children’s activities during school vacation week, February 20-24. The activities have been designed for youth ages 6 to 14. The workshops are free to the public and materials are provided, though the museum suggests a $5 donation. Registration opens today and it is strongly encouraged as seating is limited.

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LeMay Marymount to host auto museums conference

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1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malubu from the LeMay Family Collection | Photos by the LeMay Marymount

The LeMay Family Collection at the Marymount Event Center in Tacoma, Washington, will host the 2017 National Association of Automobile Museums annual conference, March 21-25. The conference offers professional development through discussions with other working professionals, tours of museums and private collections, and provides networking opportunities for museum staff, members, and enthusiasts.

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Museums staging events through Super Bowl Sunday

1932 Ford Ray Brown Roadster | Petersen Museum photos

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, holds a Cars and Coffee on Super Bowl Sunday while LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, offers $5 admission, not because of the football game but to celebrate the museum’s fifth anniversary.

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