Category archives: Museums

Museums: Cars are growing fins and are ready to fly

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1940 Packard 120 in one of the buildings at the Packard Proving Grounds | Larry Edsall Photos

Running through Sunday, the Packard Proving Grounds plays host to an “Auto Design Art Show” to honor Bill Robinson, a designer who worked to create concept car drawings for the Packard Motor Car Company in 1951. The era was a time when cars looked as if they were ready to take flight with growing fins, grilles like fighter-jets, and afterburner-like exhaust.

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Museums offer free admission to veterans

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The Original Hybrid exhibit | Studebaker National Museum

Today, many car museums, including the Blackhawk Museum on the West Coast and the Owls Head Transportation Museum on the East Coast, offer free admission to all active military and veterans. The Owls Head also will offer free rides in its Model T vehicles, weather permitting.

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New ‘Roadbook’ exhibit at Porsche Museum

Photodokumentation der Sonderausstellung "Roadbook" im Porsche Museum Stuttgart | 30. Oktober 2016
Porsche racecar on display | Porsche Museum photos

The Porsche Museum in Germany coordinates over 200 vehicle deployments a year, sending cars to more than 30 countries. As part of a new exhibit, “Roadbook. The Porsche Museum on the road around the world,” visitors will have the opportunity to see how the museum coordinates vehicle trips, appearances by celebrity drivers and preparing tours, in addition to some of the strategic and logistical challenges the museum encounters. Continue reading

John Fitch archive, momentos donated to racing research center

John Fitch racing an MGTD in June 1950 at the Linden, New Jersey, airport | International Motor Racing Research Center photos
John Fitch racing an MGTD in June 1950 at the Linden, New Jersey, airport | International Motor Racing Research Center

The remarkable life of racer and engineer John Cooper Fitch is reflected in the myriad of items that recently were presented to the International Motor Racing Research Center at the Watkins Glen, New York.

The gift from Fitch’s sons, John, Christopher and Stephen Fitch, significantly enlarges the John Fitch Collection created at the Racing Research Center in 1999, when papers were donated relating to his career as a safety designer and consultant, with particular emphasis on the Fitch Inertial Barrier and the displaceable guardrail. Fitch died on Oct. 31, 2012, at the age of 95. Continue reading

Vehicles that powered the working class featured at LeMay

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1942 GMC State Truck in exhibit | ACM Photo

Fifteen vintage work vehicles will be on display at the LeMay – Americas Car Museum, located in Tacoma, Washington, as part of a new exhibit, Tools of the Trade –- Powering the Working Class. The exhibit is set to open on November 5 and aims to showcase vehicles that helped shape America.

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NY World’s Fair Thunderbird takes Magic Skyway ride to Hershey

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Car entering the Magic Skyway | Disney Wikia photo

Once upon a time, a 1964 Ford Thunderbird convertible seemingly transported people through “time” at the 1964 World’s Fair held in New York. The car was part of the Magic Skyway within a Ford Rotunda that spanned several city blocks at the fair grounds.

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Eye Candy: Gilmore Car Museum celebrates 50 years

Cars owned by museum founder Donald Gilmore fill the main gallery for 50th anniversary | Larry Edsall photos
Cars owned by museum founder Donald Gilmore fill the main gallery for 50th anniversary | Larry Edsall photos

Genevieve Gilmore knew her husband, Donald, would need something to occupy his time after his retirement, so she bought him a 1920 Pierce-Arrow that needed restoration.

It was a strange gift for a man who had never been a car enthusiast. But perhaps he’d just been too busy running the family department store and then a major pharmaceutical company that also was part of the family’s enterprises. Continue reading

Petersen curator shares his vision for museum’s car collection

Some of the classic cars recently on display in the Petersen  Automotive Museum
Some of the classic cars recently on display in the Petersen Automotive Museum

The original structure that still contains the Petersen Automotive Museum was designed by Welton Becket Associates, creators of many Los Angeles architectural icons including the art deco classic Pan Pacific Auditorium, the Capital Records building, the LAX theme building, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the city’s Music Center. Continue reading

Artist donates 12,000-pound brick Pontiac to Gilmore museum

'Mom's Favorite Car' arrives on trailer at Gilmore museum's vintage Shell station | Gilmore photos
‘Mom’s Favorite Car’ arrives on trailer at Gilmore museum’s vintage Shell station | Gilmore photos

We often write about classic cars as rolling sculpture. Well, the newest vehicle at the Gilmore Car Museum truly is a sculpture, but since it is made of 12,000 pounds of bricks, it doesn’t really roll.

“Mom’s Favorite Car” is the name of the bas-relief brick sculpture that artist Paula Blincoe Collins has donated to the museum. Collins, who has done more than 200 brick sculptures, created the car for the recent ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continue reading