Category archives: Museums

Exhibit tells stories of Range Rover and its Velar, then and now

Engineering chassis mockup for 1967 Range Rover Velar prototype | Land Rover photos
Engineering chassis mockup for 1967 Range Rover Velar prototype | Land Rover photos

Range Rover is promoting its new mid-size Velar sport utility vehicle as “the only vehicle you’ll ever need,” and touts it as a celebration of “British design and engineer integrity.”

The newest Range Rover takes its name from a secret prototype vehicle the company developed in 1967. The story of that prototype, indeed the story of Land Rover itself, is being shared in a new visitor attraction at the company’s historic Solihull assembly plant in England. Continue reading

Early unrestored Mustangs highlight Allentown museum exhibit

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Ron Hermanns 1964 1/2 Mustang featured in the exhibit | AOW Museum photos

The Ford Mustang marked the dawn of a new era in the American automobile business, creating not only a new niche but a new mind-set that would become an indelible part of American life. Mustang was “fast, fun and affordable,” and quickly became a public sensation.

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Petersen museum ‘Seeing Red’ with special Ferrari exhibit

A 250 GTO will be among 11 red Ferraris in Petersen museum's special display | Petersen photo by Scott Williamson Photodesign Studios
A 250 GTO will be among 11 red Ferraris in Petersen museum’s special display | Petersen photo by Scott Williamson Photodesign Studios

When the Petersen Automotive Museum reopened after being remodeled inside and out, it was the red-ribboned exterior that drew the most comment. But it was the “Precious Metal” display in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery on the second floor that drew the longest and longing attention of car enthusiasts.

Arrayed around the gallery were some of the world’s most spectacular vehicles, all of them wearing silver-colored bodywork. Long-time car collector and Petersen board member Bruce Meyer had convinced each car’s owner to loan their vehicles to the museum for an extended period. Continue reading

Owls Head to restore Fokker, sets model Festival & Kite Week

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Fokker to be restored | OHTM photo

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine has achieved its goal of raising $50,000 to restore its Red Barron Fokker aircraft.

The museum is scheduled to host its annual Midcoast Model Festival, April 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Kit Week, April 17-21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Continue reading

Historic racing motorcycles take over Harley museum

The exhibit includes (from left) a Harley XRTT road racer, a XR750 flat tracker and an MX-250 motocrosser | WIlliam Hall photos
The exhibit includes (from left) a Harley XRTT road racer, a XR750 flat tracker and an MX-250 motocrosser | WIlliam Hall photos

Harley-Davidson is known more for its traditionally styled boulevard cruisers than for competition motorcycles. However, a trip to the new exhibition, “Racing Machines: From the KR to the XR,” at Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum offers an eye-opening look at the American motorcycle manufacturer’s remarkable racing efforts.

On display are the historical artifacts from their motocross, road-racing, flat-track, short-track and land-speed record efforts. Continue reading

Gilmore holds movie night featuring Bullitt

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Bullitt recreation Mustang spotted at Ponies at the Pike 2016 | Nicole James photo

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, will show the iconic 1968 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Vaughn, Saturday at 7:30 p.m on the big screen in the Automotive Heritage Center in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Continue reading

Iconic California customs set for HVA displays in Washington

The McGee Roadster is the embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos
The McGee Roadster is the pure embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos

Three iconic pieces of California custom-car culture take center stage next month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as the Historic Vehicle Association displays the latest vehicles to be commemorated and recorded in the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.

The privately owned cars will be shown at separate times during the month in the HVA glass case on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art for passersby to see and admire. Continue reading

Museums: ‘Long Night’ with Mercedes-Benz

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Long Night at Mercedes-Benz museum | Mercedes-Benz Museum photos

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, holds a “Long Night” event March 25-26from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. The event begins with children’s activities that run until 7 p.m. and include interactive exhibitions where children can design and build cars along with tour the museum.

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Mullin museum explores the man, marque, mystique of Citroen

A 1991 Citroen 2CV6 is among the nearly four dozen cars from the French automaker on display at the Mullin museum | Larry Edsall photos
A 1991 Citroen 2CV6 is among the nearly four dozen cars from the French automaker on display at the Mullin museum | Larry Edsall photos

Peter Mullin admitted that for 35 years, he collected the finest of French cars, starting with Delahayes and then Talbot Lagos, Delages, Hispano-Suizas, Voisins and, at last, the “king of French marques,” Bugattis.

“I walked by Citroens for 35 years without stopping to learn about the history of one of the great marques of France,” Mullin said at the press preview of the newest exhibition at the Mullin Automotive Museum — “Citroen: The Man, the Marque, The Mystique.” Continue reading