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Barns, cars and cigars this weekend at automotive museums


1966 Ford Mustang being driven on the LeMay “drive home” | LeMay Photo

Saturday, August 1, in Sacramento, California, the California Automobile Museum hosts a car cruise and show featuring the Gig Garcia Band, a beer garden, food trucks, and vendor shopping. The cruise is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. at Sacramento State University and travels along Fair Oaks Boulevard, ending in a car show at 5:00 p.m. on Fulton Avenue between El Camino and Marconi.

Saturday also marks the first in a series of classes hosted by the museum. From 9:00 a.m. to noon, children will be able to learn how an engine works and will have the opportunity to take apart an engine and put it back together. The next class will be Saturday, August 22 at the museum and go over the art of automotive photography and different methods to get great photos. September 19 will be a Model A basics and driving class. The class will go over the cars history, and give participants the chance to drive one around.

Also Saturday, August 1, the Gilmore Car Museum, located in Hickory Corners, Michigan, celebrates its Red Barn Spectacular. The event is part of the museum’s 35th anniversary and is the area’s oldest and largest antique, classic, and special interest car show and swap meet, featuring vehicles of all eras up to 1990. The show runs from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

With help from BMW Northwest, the LeMay, America’s car museum, is holding its third annual “Cars and Cigars” event this Saturday, August 1st in Tacoma Washington. “Nothing ages better than fine wine, quality cigars and vintage cars,” said ACM chief executive David Madeira. “Guests at ‘Cars & Cigars’ will be able to enjoy all three, thanks to the generous support of BMW Northwest, Montecristo and El Gaucho Tacoma.” Featured breweries, wineries and distilleries include Black Heron Spirits, Blue Spirits Distilling, Browne Family Vineyards, Creative Ice, Foxtrot London Dry Gin, Heritage Distilling, Legacy, Magnolia, Mark Ryan Winery, Rombauer Vineyards, Silver City Brewery, VA Piano Vineyards, Vehrs Distributing, Woodward Canyon and WR.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, hosts the third annual Oldsmobile, Buick, and Pontiac Classic and Antique Automobile show Sunday, August 2. Registration for the show begins at 10:00 a.m. Registration is $18 and includes one admission to the museum. The first 50 cars to arrive will receive dash plaques and goodie bags. Additionally, food and drinks will be available and its free to spectate.

August 7, “Just Track It” will run on the full 3.15-mile course with the track day event at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The open track event is set to allow all driving levels multiple 30 minute sessions on the track. Instruction via in-car coaching followed by classroom sessions will be provided to all novice drivers. The cost to participate in the event is $275.

Additionally, the NCM Motorsports Park is sponsoring a High Performance Drivers Education event September 3-4. All track appropriate vehicles are welcome to participate in the event, however convertibles must have an SCCA approved roll bar, and all participants must have an SA rated helmet, long pants and closed toe shoes.

“Alfa’s Back!” Is the theme of the next demo day at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The cars featured in the demo day highlight some of Alfa Romeos greatest cars, a 1925 RL SS, 1934 8C 2300 MM Spyder, 1937 8C 2900A.

Other upcoming events at the museum include a kickstart launch part for the new Classic Motorcycles exhibit that will run from August 15 to September 11. The exhibit will feature BMW, police motorcycles, and motorcycles used in land speed records. August 23 will be the museums first ever one day Elite Tunner show. Over 200 of the best tuner cars from across the country will grace the museums three acer parking lot, with 20 of the hottest VIP cars indoor alongside the museums 65 car collection.

September 5, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, located in Auburn, Indiana, will host its 10th annual “Connecting Rods Luncheon” for all former employees of the Auburn Automobile Company or Duesenberg, Inc. and their family and friends. The Cord 810/812 and Studebaker Avanti are the focus of this year’s luncheon and a special presentation will be given by the museum’s Director of Education & Archives, Jon Bill.

Save the date for Saturday, October 17 as the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pamona, California is hosting a “tribute to the Can-Am 2015” event. The event is a celebration of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup and includes dinner, movies, slide photographs, and a presentation by Can-Am author and historian, Pete Lyons. Drivers and other significant patrons of the era will have a panel discussion along with an autograph session. Attendance is limited to 100 people, tickets are available online.


Nicole James
Nicole Jameshttp://nicoleellanjames.com/
Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

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