Beginning Saturday and running through September 9, the Simeone Automotive Museum features a motorcycle exhibit, the “Land of the Rising Sun, Mid-Century Motorcycles and Fast From the Past.” The collection has been put together by John Lawless and his cadre of bike enthusiasts to showcase competition flat-track racers, motorcycle drag racers, Japanese motorcycles from 1960-1989 and mid-century modern motorcycles that demonstrate the optimism of early postwar design.
The exhibit begins Saturday with a “kickstart” launch party from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Chris Hand, motorcycle drag racing legend and pilot of the Redneck Express Top Fuel bike, will be in attendance.
Car shows (with and without coffee):
The British Motor Museum in England anticipates 600 light commercial vehicles, such as pickups, ice-cream vans, campers, taxis, hearses and police cars, for the Classic Van and Pickup Show this Sunday. The museum holds a “Buses Festival” on August 21 with as many as 100 restored, vintage and modern buses and coaches.
Shortly after, the museum holds the sixth annual Retro Truck Show is September 10-11, featuring approximately 250 trucks produced between 1960 and 2000.
On August 27-28, the National Corvette Museum race track in Bowling Green, Kentucky, holds a high-performance drivers education event with combined classroom and on-track time. Registration is $485 and participants need an appropriate track vehicle, an SA2010 or newer helmet, long pants and close-toed shoes.
The LeMay Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, holds its 39th annual LeMay Car Show in Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show includes assortment of over 1,000 vintage vehicles with additional collections of dolls, antiques, and other memorabilia.
The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, plans Cars and Coffees for August 27 and October 15.
The National Corvette Museum celebrates its 22nd anniversary in conjunction with “R8C Museum Delivery” over Labor Day weekend. The anniversary and R8C include car shows, seminars, road tours, and the Corvette Hall of Fame Induction ceremony of Bob Bondurant, Ralph Kramer and the late Donna Mae Mims.
The museum has opened registration for the 2016 Vets N Vettes car show, November 3-5, and invites veterans to the museum and the museum’s track to go for rides in participant’s Corvettes.
The America on Wheels museum in Pennsylvania invites all makes and models of cars to the outdoors Car Tunes event, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum recommends guests bring beach chairs, pop-up tents, blankets, and lunch to enjoy DJ Jimbos tunes at the museum’s developing waterfront.
On September 10, LeMay – Americas Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, hosts the “Summer Ender Fender Bender” cruise-in. Participating cars are eligible for awards, guitars from Fender will be available to play, and the museum welcomes children 8-14 to be a Hagerty Youth Judge at the show.
The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento hosts “Cruise Fest on Fulton Avenue” on September 10. Cruising runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with other festivities continuing through 8:30 p.m.
On October 6-7, the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, holds “Cars & Coffee” in its “secret garage” from 7:30 until 10 a.m. Donuts and coffee will be served.
And it’s not just cars:
LeMay — America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, holds its last drive-in movie of the season August 27 on its Haub Family Field. Parking opens at 4:30, and the featured film, Jurassic World, will begin at dusk (around 9 p.m.).
The World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, Oregon, offers a “simulator race series” with the simulator set in “damage mode,” meaning cars will behave and sustain injury as in real driving. Participants get a practice run and qualifying run August 25, and September 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Drivers with top qualifying race times advance to the finals, which take place on October 27.
The museum holds its inaugural Spark Gala on September 17.
August 27 is the date for the third annual Owls Head Transportation Museum Brainstormers Ball in Maine. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1920s-inspired evening wear.
The 11th annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum’s benefit extravaganza is set for Thursday, September 1. The event includes dinner, silent and live auction, and after-hours touring of the museum to benefit the archive digitization project. This year’s Extravaganza theme celebrates the “western connection” of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automotive story.
The National Corvette Museum holds its 22nd anniversary celebration and the Corvette Hall of Fame induction September 1-3.
The AACA Museum opens a new exhibit October 5 during its “Night at the Museum” event. Food and cocktails are available with a Route 66 flair along with a silent auction, entertainment and automotive artist gallery. Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars, presents “A Collector Car Conversation” with car collector Ralph Marano and moderator Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island concours.
On October 21-22, the Simeone Museum hosts Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan and two-time Le Mans-winning driver Tommy Milner for a two-day celebration dedicated to Corvette Racing. Highlights include dinner, a meet and greet, Demo Day, memorabilia auction and autograph session.
The California Automobile Museum holds its annual Art of the Car benefit November 4, starring artist and car enthusiast David Garibaldi. The dinner supports the museum’s mission to preserve, exhibit and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives.
The Simeone Automotive Museum holds a Demo Day on August 27 that plays tribute to Ford Racing with demonstrations of a 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe, a 1966 GT40 MK II, and a 1969 Boss 429 “Rice & Holman.”
Bobby Rahal, winner of the 1986 Indy 500 and the first Indy driver to complete the 500 miles in less than three hours, is to appear at the Blackhawk Museum on November 12 as part of the museum’s Speaker Series.