Category archives: Museums

Gilmore museum bids farewell to its sports cars exhibit

02October2016  "The Golden Age of Sports Cars 1946 - 1966" at the Gilmore Car Museum.
The Golden Age of Sports Cars 1946 – 1966 | Gilmore Car Museum photos

The Gilmore Car Museum says “Farewell to Sports Cars” this Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. as the museum’s exhibit, the Golden Age of Sports Cars, ends. The exhibit featured two-dozen rare and sought-after cars like Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356, Nicholas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz “gullwing” 300SL and a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427. Continue reading

The Petersen salutes the All-American Racer, Dan Gurney

At Bonneville in 1950, Ted Bear (far left), engine-builder Raymond Torres, driver Dan Gurney and '29 Ford roadster-owner Skip Hudson
At Bonneville in 1950, Ted Bear (far left), engine-builder Raymond Torres, driver Dan Gurney (waving) and ’29 Ford roadster-owner Skip Hudson

Daniel Sexton Gurney’s father retired from a career in the aural glories of opera and moved his family to the wind-pushed murmurs of the citrus-covered foothills of Riverside, California. Tall, slender, handsome Dan was immediately became known as the prototypical California kid — and would be for the next 60 years (and counting). Continue reading

Busted! Taking a ride around Mercedes’ ‘Wall of Death’

Three Mercedes-Benz, including a 1984-era motorcoach, on the high-banked test track
Three Mercedes-Benz, including a 1984-era motorcoach, on the high-banked test track | Daimler photo

We were in Germany for the introduction of a new Mercedes-Benz, or perhaps it was one of the automaker’s press previews of the company’s newest technology. On second thought, I think it was a technology-based event because my recollection is that we had just watched a pre-production 500SL slammed into a solid wall as part of the crash-testing program all vehicles must endure before they can be sold to the public. Continue reading

Gilmore Museum receives automotive patent collection

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Patent font and rear designes of 1947 Tucker | Gilmore photos

The Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan has  inherited a collection of over 396,000 automotive patents for both foreign and domestic brands. The collection represents paper duplicates of automotive-related patents from 1790 to 1999, as well as a comprehensive and searchable database.

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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