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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

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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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It’s ‘build your own experience’ at 10th Shelby Bash

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Row of Shelby Mustangs at 2016 Shelby Bash | Team Shelby photos

The 10th annual Shelby Bash, organized by Team Shelby, offers guests a “build your own experience” during the event which takes place March 9–12 in Las Vegas. Also featured will be Shelby celebrities, performance cars, track days, parties, tours and more as the bash brings together enthusiasts from around the world.

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‘Eddie Munster’ to appear at AutoFest

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Butch Patrick near Munster car | Photos courtosey of Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick, known for his role as Eddie Munster on the 1964-1966 CBS TV show The Musnters, is to appear at Carlisle Events Winter AutoFest scheduled for February 23-26 at the Sun ’n Fun campus in Lakeland Florida. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 King Midget Model 3

The King Midget microcar has 8-inch wheels and room for two occupants
The King Midget microcar has 8-inch wheels and room for two occupants

Readers of Popular Mechanics back in the 1950s and ’60s should remember staring starry eyed at the articles and advertisements that offered so many futuristic breakthroughs that would completely change our lives. One memorable ad of the day was for a tiny microcar, the King Midget, that promised to open up a whole new world of sporty motoring at a rock-bottom price.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 King Midget Model 3 convertible that was one of the final run of the sub-basic runabouts before Midget Motors went bankrupt in 1970. But it had been a good run, with the first King Midgets turned out in 1946, originally advertised as the “500-pound car for $500.” Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s posts record sales at Paris Retromobile auction

1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 tops sales at nearly $4.2 million | RM Sotheby's photos by Rene Dargegen
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 tops sales at nearly $4.2 million | RM Sotheby’s photos by Rene Dargegen

The auction action taking place during Paris’ Retromobile collector car celebration got off to be great start Wednesday with RM Sotheby’s posting nearly $29.5 million in sales with a 77.9 percent sell-through rate. The final sales total of $29,451,595 was the most ever for the auction house’s Paris sale. Continue reading

1950 Cisitalia-Abarth raced by Nuvolari goes to Motostalgia sale

The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth grand prix car has a remarkable history | Motostalgia photos
The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth grand prix car has a remarkable history | Motostalgia photos

The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa to be offered by Motostalgia at its Amelia Island auction in March is an awesome grand prix race car in its own right. But add its incredible provenance with some of motorsports’ greatest personalities and the silver projectile stands as a significant piece of racing history. Continue reading

1981 Lancia Beta champion racer returns to its Florida roots

The Lancia Beta Montecarlo won its class at the 1981 Le Mans 24 | Amelia Island Concours photos
The Lancia Beta Montecarlo won its class at the 1981 Le Mans 24 | Amelia Island Concours photos

A Le Mans-champion 1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo returns to Florida to make its international concours debut March 12 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

One of the last Group 5 Beta works racers produced, chassis 1009 began its competition career at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona, but its run was cut short around midnight when the high-strung engine dropped a valve, forcing the Lancia out of the race. Continue reading

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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St. James, Rahal support RPM Foundation’s racing series

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Lyn St. James and Bobby Rahal at Arizona Concours | Charles Siritho photo

Over the past weekend, racers Lyn St. James and Bobby Rahal took part in a fundraising event at the Collectors’ Car Garage in Chicago to benefit the RPM Foundation’s Racing Program series.

The RPM Foundation works with Americas Automotive Trust to expand and preserve jobs in automotive restoration. The “Racing Program Series” is a newly announced subset with a focus on automotive restoration as it pertains to motorsports. Continue reading