Category archives: Museums

Kids will meet classics at NextGen Autofest

Former GM design head Ed Wilburn leads Hagerty Test Garage session at Hershey | Hagerty photo
Former GM design head Ed Wilburn leads Hagerty Test Garage session at Hershey | Hagerty photo

‘There is a popular belief that young people don’t like cars anymore,” said McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of his family-owned collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company.

“We see a different story,” he continued. “While attitudes and preferences do change with each generation, we see a very large and growing population of young people who are interested and want to get involved with automotive activities. Because of this, we are excited to partner with the Arizona Concours’ NextGen Autofest to foster the magic connection between people and cars.“ Continue reading

Toyota hides its treasures in plain sight

Some of the wonderful preserved cars on display in the Toyota museum | Nick Kurczewski
Some of the wonderful preserved cars on display in the Toyota museum | Nick Kurczewski

You could drive by Toyota’s automotive treasure chest a million times and never know it was there. Snug in an industrial estate in Torrance, California, surrounded by innocuous boxy buildings with huge “Self-storage” signs on the front, the Toyota USA Automobile Museum could double as a secret headquarters for a James Bond villain. Continue reading

Beaulieu greeting cards let you see and hear classic cars

350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos
350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos

Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, or maybe you’re just anticipating the car person in your life’s next birthday. Regardless, you probably need to know about the new “sound cards” produced by Beaulieu, Britain’s National Motor Museum, the Hampshire Cultural Trust and a company called Really Wild Cards.

Twenty-one vehicles from the Beaulieu museum’s collection were chosen for the greeting cards. The cover of the car shows a photograph of the car. The surprise comes when you open the card and hear the actual sound of the car’s engine. Continue reading

Window shopping at museum stores with Nicole

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Model T Driving school | Gilmore photo

My immediate family and closest friends are all car-obsessed gear heads, so when it comes to the holidays, a safe go-to gift idea is always something automotive related. In a quest to give my loved ones something unique this year, I turned to museum stores across the United States and browsed online for the perfect gifts.

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Dorothy and J.B. Nethercutt bought a restorable Duesenberg, then a duPont, and won at Pebble Beach — repeatedly

The Grand Salon at the Nethercutt Collection | Larry Crane photo
The Grand Salon at the Nethercutt Collection | Larry Crane photo

‘The first car I owned was in the very early days of my courtship with my wife Dorothy,” recalled the late J.B. Nethercutt, “…was a 1923 Chevrolet touring… It had a loose piston in the engine… no floorboards in the front… and the running boards were gone. But since I only paid $12 and a .22 pump rifle for it, it wasn’t too bad of a deal.”

J.B. bought a closed body — with floors — and mounted in on the Chevrolet chassis and that was their car for many years as J.B. helped his aunt, Merle Norman, build her cosmetics business. Continue reading

Museums: Doug Herbert set for a ‘Pete Talk’

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B.R.A.K.E.S. driving school class | B.R.A.K.E.S. photos

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has invited B.R.A.K.E.S. founder Doug Herbert to be a “Pete Talk” guest speaker December 18. Herbert will share talk about the dangers of impaired driving.

Herbert, a drag racing champion, founded B.R.A.K.E.S in 2008 after he lost his two young sons in a car crash. Continue reading

Museums host Cars and Coffee, Toy Drive

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Classic at Cars and Coffee | Blackhawk Museum photos

Sunday, Muscle Car City holds a toy drive car show in Punta Gorda, Florida, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry to the car show is the donation of an unwrapped toy for a child 2-14 year old. The car show will award 18 trophies and includes a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and music by Randy.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, plans Cars and Coffee on Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Continue reading

The Petersen presents the ‘Art of Bugatti’ in four acts

'Art of Bugatti' exhibit features cars but also sculpture, furniture and other art by family members | Larry Crane photos
‘Art of Bugatti’ exhibit features cars but also sculpture, furniture and other art by family members | Larry Crane photos

(Editor’s note: In October, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles opened a major new exhibition, “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring works by various members of the artistic family.)

At least four generations of the Bugatti family had their creative energy and Milanese work ethic carefully polished at the Accademia de Belle Arti di Brera, the city’s famous institution founded in 1776 by Maria Theresa, Austrian archduchess and Holy Roman Empress of the Habsburg Dynasty. Its charter was to “provide instruction in fine arts to craftsmen and private artists.” Continue reading