Cruise-ins and lectures highlight this weekend at classic car museums

Cruise-ins and lectures highlight this weekend at classic car museums

There’s a lot happening this weekend at America’s classic car museums with a lowrider and customs cruise-in at the Petersen.

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Kids judging cars | Photo courtesy of the Studebaker National Museum

There’s a lot happening this weekend at America’s classic car museums with a lowrider and customs cruise-in at the Petersen, educational lectures at Owls Head and Gilmore, and the monthly car and bike show at Muscle Car City.

Here are the details on those and other upcoming events at various classic car museums:

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine offers a “Motorcycle Racing on the Isle of Man” seminar with Jack Churchill and Charlie Vincent speaking Saturday, April 18 in the final installment of the museum’s Winter Education Series, which has been focused speed and racing. Churchill is a motorcycle aficionado and Vincent is an International Six Days Trial gold medalist and top 1960s off-road racer.

“On the Road to History”is subject of a lecture Saturday, April 19, at the Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan. Jim Luikens, an automotive historian and author, will talk about the legacy of the Berger Chevrolet dealership and its vehicles while sharing war stories from the first golden age of high performance.

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will host a lowrider and custom cruise-in Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on its rooftop parking lot.

The Studebaker National Museum seeks young people aged 8 to 14 to participate in a junior judging program. Participating will receive training on how to judge a classic car based on a set of standard criteria (they also receive a T-shirt and hat). They will help judge cars at the Studebaker Drivers Club’s Crossroads Zone Meet scheduled for May 2.

May 14-16, the National Corvette Museum hosts a C4 Gathering open to anyone interested in the fourth-generation of America’s sports car. The museum has teamed with the ZR-1 Net Registy and the Grand Sport Registy to offer activities, a special guided plant and museum tour, track day activities at the race track, and seminars with information specific to this generation of Corvette. Attendees will hear from John Heinricy, former assistant chief engineer for Corvette, director of GM Performance Division and noted race car driver; Jim Minneker, GM engineer and driver; Ralph Kramer, former Chevrolet public relations head; Don Knowles, ZR-1 co-driver, and Graham Behan, Lotus Development Engineer for LT5 ZR-1 engine. Registration for this event already has closed.

Saturday, April 18, Muscle Car City on Florida’s west coast stages its monthly Car and Bike Show from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Registration is free and there will be door prizes, trophies, and music p by Toms Traveling Tunes.

On April 25, the museum is the site of the ”Living well with MS Car and Bike Show”and the following day, April 25, the museum stages its monthly flea market, starting at 7 a.m.

The National Automobile Museum plans its 2015 annual History Symposium April 29-May 2. The ftheme this year is the ‘50s and visitors will be able to learn about the significant cultural events and happenings of that era and how cars played a role in every aspect of life. The symposium also will offer a bus tour on the impact of ranching and agriculture in the 1950s with a visit to a ranch.

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