Museums: O.J. Bronco on display at Alcatraz East

The infamous O.J. Bronco is on display and has not been sold | Alcatraz East Crime Museum photo
The infamous O.J. Bronco is on display and has not been sold | Alcatraz East Crime Museum photo

This may have been the most unusual car-related news release ever sent by a museum — and it didn’t even come from a car museum!

“Recent news headlines have stirred rumors of O.J. Simpson’s famous white Bronco being sold on an episode of the show Pawn Stars, the news release began. “While the rumors swirl, the Bronco remains on display at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. Continue reading

Museums: Hershey School ‘limbo’ wagon slated for restoration

One of the Hershey School's 'limbo wagons' is ready for restoration | AACA Museum photo
One of the Hershey School’s ‘limbo wagons’ is ready for restoration | AACA Museum photo

It was in 1959, during the 50th anniversary of the school and home for orphaned boys founded by Milton S. and Catherine Hershey, that the decision was made to provide a more home-style environment. Part of that change included purchasing a fleet of station wagons.

To replace the more formal school buses that had been used for student travel between housing units and the school, the school purchased a fleet of 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne wagons. Those wagons went to Stageway, a coachbuilder in Cincinnati, for conversion to hold a driver and as many as 13 students at a time. Continue reading

Museums: Beaulieu to fire up famed BRM V16 engine

1950 BRM will roar back to life | National Motor Museum photo by Samantha  Samantha Cook Photography
1950 BRM will roar back to life | National Motor Museum photo by Samantha Samantha Cook Photography

If you want to draw a crowd, simply start the engine of a vintage racing car. The unmuffled sound is magnetic. Crank it and they will come.

You may recall the celebration that surrounded the repair and restarting in 2014 of the engine in Malcolm Campbell’s “Blue Bird” Sunbeam 1924 speed-record car, and the crowd that gathered a year later when the car made another run on the Pendine Sands. Continue reading

Museums: Red barns, multi-hued cars at Gilmore ‘Spectacular’

Classic cars such as this Bonneville racer amid the Gilmore's red barns | Larry Edsall photo
Classic red barns and cars such as this Bonneville racer at the Gilmore | Larry Edsall photo

The annual Red Barns Spectacular car show and swap meet takes place August 5 at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Sponsored by the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club, the event annually draws a few thousand vehicles for what is two shows — a judged show and a driver’s choice show, both open to vehicles of all sorts that are at least 25 years old. Continue reading

Museums: Plywood shaped modern life, even our cars

A 1937 DKW F7 cutaway is part of the plywood exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum | V&A Museum photos
A 1937 DKW F7 cutaway is part of the plywood exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum | V&A Museum photos

So I’m cruising through the daily dezeen.com newsletter and there’s a story about a new exhibit running through November 12 at the V&A Museum, aka the Victoria and Albert Museum, London’s showcase of art and design. The exhibit’s title is “Plywood: Material of the Modern World,” and the first two photographs illustrating the article prominently feature cars — a passenger vehicle and a racing car.

Plywood in cars? Even racing cars? Hey, we know about woody wagons and how in the early days horseless carriage bodies were made from hardwoods. But plywood? Continue reading

Museums: Blackhawk showcases ‘Transatlantic Style’

Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo
Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo

Saturday is Deuce Day at the Petersen

Just unveiled and running through September 30, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, California, offers what figures to be one of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year — “Transatlantic Style: A Romance of Fins and Chrome.”

Featuring about two dozen stunningly designed automobiles, the exhibition is based on the book, Stile Transatlantico / Transatlantic Style, by author Donald Osborne and photographer Michael Furman. Continue reading

Museum launches campaign to see Red Baron take flight

Red Baron at the museum | Photos and Video by Owls Head Transportation Museum

To commemorate the centennial of World War I, the Owls Head Transportation Museum has begun crowdfunding efforts to restore its version of the “Red Barron,” a 1917 Fokker Dr.I reproduction inspired by the airplane flown by Manfred von Richthofen.

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Owls Head museum site for 39th New England auction

Bidders check out cars at the 2015 New England auction | Owls Head museum photos
Bidders check out cars at the 2015 New England auction | Owls Head museum photos

Monterey isn’t the only place to be in mid-August. There’s the Woodward Dream Cruise in the middle of the country and at the far end of the nation from California, the 39th annual New England Auto Auction takes place at the Owls Head Transportation Museum on the coast of Maine.

The museum will host an auction vehicle preview August 15-19 with the cars and automobilia up for bidding on the 19th and 20th. This is the inaugural year for automobilia at the sale. Continue reading

Does your collection include Soap Box Derby racers?

Gravity racers are displayed on the floor, benches and walls of the Soap Box Derby hall of fame and museum | Larry Edsall photos
Gravity racers are displayed on the floor, benches and walls of the Soap Box Derby hall of fame and museum | Larry Edsall photos

Twice during a recent week, I encountered very unexpected but very impressive vehicle collections. One was in America’s Midwestern heartland. The other was on the rocky, rugged coast of Maine. While the geography was very different, the vehicles were very similar. They were Soap Box Derby racers, which with age and history are both classic and collectible. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Owls Head Transportation Museum

Airplanes and automobiles share space within the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine | Larry Edsall photos
Airplanes and automobiles share space within the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine | Larry Edsall photos

When Tom Watson was the head of IBM, he became so used to getting his way that he didn’t use questions marks when he asked a question. That’s because his questions weren’t questions, or even suggestions; they were loosely disguised commands. Continue reading