Fundraising balls, speaker series and more at automotive museums this weekend

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A pair of cars at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum | Blackhawk Museum photos

Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine, will be the museum’s second annual “Brainstormers Ball” on September 12. The Roaring ‘20s themed event is a fundraising gala with fine food and festivities set among the museum’s collection.

Located in Danville, California, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum  is hosting its fall speaker series September 12 with a presentation by Evan Ide on “Bugatti: Art and the Automobile.” Following on October 10 is Richard Burns Carlson on “The Olympian Cars;” October 17 is Steve Moal on “Designing and Building a Street Rod for a client;” November 17 is Matt Stone on “Heroes, Legends, and Friends;” December 5 is Bill Warner on “The Cars of Cuba, a Dream or a Nightmare;” and lastly on December 12, Danny Sullivan on “‘Spin and win’ the 1985 Indy 500” marking the 30th anniversary of his win an Indy.

3September 19 at the museum is the All-British Car Meet hosted by the Mini Owners of America, followed by the Danville Concours d’Elegance on September 20.

October 10, the Blackhawk museum is holding a Pre-War Classics “Picnic on the Plaza.” The show is open to all pre-1941 cars, and the museum is encouraging participants to dress in period attire.

On September 12, the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, hosts a cruise with help from the Lehigh Valley Timing Association and America on Wheels Cruise. Hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles are all encouraged to participate.

“After the Great War” is the theme of the next Demo day at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Demo day will give museum goers a look at a 1921 Vauxha;; 30/98E Velox Tourer, 1922 Paige 6-66 Daytona Speedster, 1924 Lancia Lambda Third Series Tourer.

Thursday, September 24 is the museum’s “Roadsters and Racers” demo day with a focus on the Packard Gentleman’s Roadster, Hudson Mile-a-Minute Roadster, 1929 DuPont Model G Speedster and 1929 DuPont Le Mans Speedster.

The AACA Museum, located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is hosting Corvair Day from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on September 12 at the museum.

5September 20 is the PAWS Fast and Furriest Car Show at the museum. All proceeds will go to the Society for Preservation of Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS). The show will have 35 classes for cars, trucks and motorcycles.

The museum will also have the US National Broadway Touring Chitty Chitty Bang Bang prop car on display from November 21 to January 31, 2016.

The Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for September 13 at the Le May, America’s Car Museum will include an eclectic set of vehicle classes, including “Working Guys” Trucks, Customs and Lead Sleds, and Super Cars. The ACM invites sports and vintage vehicle owners to join its Tour d’Jour on September 11; it’s a 100-mile cruise through the back country of Puget Sound. The museum will host a Dinner d’Elegance with silent and live auctions September 12.

“The Pacific Northwest Concours attracts attendees from all over the country, so we wanted to bring in a variety of vehicles for everyone to enjoy,” said David Madeira, ACM president and chief executive.  “Fans can count on seeing classics like Rolls Royce, in addition to unconventional concours vehicles such as panel and delivery trucks in the ‘Working Guys’ Truck class, and cool hot rods/street rods in the Customs and Lead Sleds class.”

This weekend at the NCM Motorsports park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is the Holley LS Fest, September 11-13. The event is primarily taking place at Bowling Green’s Beech Bend Raceway but will also offer a Track X Challenge at the NCM Motorsports Park.

2Saturday, September 19 in Punta Gorda, Florida is Muscle Car Cities monthly car and bike show in conjunction with the 5th annual NSRA Appreciation day. The show will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with free registration, door prizes, trophies and free NSRA inspections will be available.

On September 12 the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, in auburn, Indiana, is hosting its monthly presentation of “if these cars could talk” with the spotlight vehicle being a 1911 Metallurgique.

Shortly after on September 22 will be a presentation at the museum titled “How did that end up in a museum?”

“We all like looking at pristine, perfect or shiny objects,” said Sam Grate, registrar of the ACD museum. “Sometimes, the worst-looking object could be the most important one in a museum’s collection. This presentation aims to show museum visitors why aspects of an object are greater than its physical appearance.”

October 24, from 8 a.m. to noon, will be the California Automobile Museum’s inaugural Tuner Car Show in Sacramento with help from 1992 Performance and local car clubs NorCalSTIclub and NorCal S2k.

The National Corvette Museum has teamed with the Kentucky State Police for a scenic road tour around Kentucky with stops at Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace, the Rosemary Clooney House, Newport Aquarium, Carter Caves and more. Meals and accommodations are included in the registration fee, $950 for members, $990 for non-members. Tours will be October 12-17, 19-24, and 26-31.

4The World of Speed Museum is working on a new exhibit and is looking for recorded stories and oral histories from racers, designers, builders, descendants, and great fan moments. If you are interested in recording your story for the archive to be possibly shared, contact the museum.

Starting in September, the museum will feature movies on the big screen in the main indoor gallery. Movies start at 7 p.m. and prices are $2.50 for members and $8 for non-members. Movies are as follows: September 18, American Graffiti; October 16, Bullitt; October 30, Christine; November 20, Cars; and December 11, Talladega Nights.

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